A husband-and-wife team, singing Jazz, gospel, soul, and traditional African sounds in New York and England, AfricanSpotlight got behind the scenes of the “Olatuja Project.”
Meet Michael Olatuja, whose personal journey has taken him from Lagos, Nigeria to London and New York, working to establish himself as a go-to bassist on the New York scene. A graduate of Manhattan School of Music -where he met his wife and band partner, he plays bass at the Brooklyn Tabernacle Church in New York among other things.
His wife, Alicia Olatuja, hails originally from St. Louis to New York. She is also a graduate of Manhattan School of Music and a soloist in the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir among other musical projects. For years, Alicia has featured in musical theatre and opera roles before settling down in New York.
This couple perform nationally and internationally in their band called “Olatuja Project,” where Alicia sings in both English and Yoruba, a Nigerian dialect. Their music incorporates a cohesive blend of jazz, soul, and African music.