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Olu Dara

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Olu Dara (born Charles Jones III in Louisville, Mississippi on January, 13, 1941) is an American trumpeter, cornetist, guitarist and singer. He first became known as a musician, playing alongside musicians such as David Murray and Henry Threadgill.

With his first album under his own name, 1998’s In the World: From Natchez to New York, Dara revealed another aspect of his musical personality: the leader and singer of a band immersed in African-American tradition, playing an mix of , jazz, and storytelling, with tinges of , African ular music and . Neighborhoods, with guest appearances by Dr John and Cassandra Wilson, followed in a similar vein in 2001.

Rapper Nas (Nasir Jones) is Dara’s son. He encouraged his father to record the music he was playing with his band, and guested on a track on In the World. Dara played the cornet on the track “Life’s A Bitch” from Nas’s debut album Illmatic in 1994. In 2004, his vocals and trumpet were featured on Nas’s single “Bridging the Gap”, from his album Street’s Disciple.

He was given the name “Olu Dara” by a Yoruba priest when he returned to America. He has traveled throughout Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.

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    Lets all be glad that this man decided not to wear a condom. [20]

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    Lets all be glad that this man decided not to wear a condom. [19] Welp. Damn.

    13 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Eastwoo

    I love listening to Neighborhood in the morning, makes me happy for the rest of the day

    30 Aug 2012 Reply
  • rhinowing

    his track on the wildflower loft compilation is really good

    28 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Escobar97

    Neighborhood is a good album to chill to. Nice funk also.

    9 Jun 2012 Reply
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    Lets all be glad that this man decided not to wear a condom. [18]

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    Lets all be glad that this man decided not to wear a condom. [17] LOL this is so funny man

    7 Mar 2012 Reply
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    lol @ every shout on this page being about Nas. Here I came wondering if his music is worth checking out and decided to check out the shoutbox and all I see is Nas.

    18 Jan 2012 Reply
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    how can i load these tracks in my lastfm program plz tell meeeeee

    1 Feb 2011 Reply
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    Thank you Olu Dara.

    8 Jan 2011 Reply
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    poppa was a playa!

    22 Nov 2009 Reply
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