Israel Olorunfeh Cole, commonly known by his stage name Dr. Oloh, was born on 1944 March 20 in the mountain village of Leicester, near Freetown in the Western Area of Sierra Leone to a Nigerian mother and a Creole father. He was a Sierra Leonean afropop and Jazz musician and led a band known as Milo Jazz. Dr Oloh is widely considered as one of the biggest musicians from Sierra Leone. His hit singles were very popular in Sierra Leone in the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s. He was awarded the OR (Order of Rokel) by the Sierra Leonean Government in 1989. Dr.Oloh and his band toured the UK a couple of times, during those tours they recorded several sessions for BBC Radio (for sure 2-times for John Peel; and may be for Andy Kershaw). Dr.Oloh died 2007 October 13 after a short illness.
Extended Biographies and tributes to Dr.Oloh (after his death in 2007) - standardtimespress - awoko - thepatrioticvanguard (republished 2017.Feb)
Listen to a track from Peel Session #2 (rec.1992.Sep.03)
DR OLOH 19911010 Peel Session BBC
Peel Session #1 rec.1991.Oct.10 - bc.1991.Nov.09 - rpt.1991.Dec.29
tracklist: 1.Cobbah Me* / 2.Yawohammi* / 3.Aleluyah Tumbay* / 4.Ajuba*
source: recording of 1991.Dec.29 BBC Radio 1 John Peel Show (full session)
stream of repeat 2017.Oct.10 BBC 6music - Live Hour (tracks 1/3/4)
Line-up: Mohammed Dean - tempo bass drum, backing vocals / Mohammed Kamara - bass drums, backing vocals) / Abdul Bangura - bass drums, backing vocals / Sineh Konika - lead drums / Brima Kamara - tenor drums / Alie Kamara - triangles, backing vocals / Dr.Oloh - lead vocals
Bonustrack: 3.Balua of Peel Session #2 (rec.1992.Sep.03)
More about Dr Oloh & His Milo Jazz Band
- 2x local K7 (World Music Vol.3 and Albarka Recording Centre) at Wallahi Le Zein!
- Listen to the great Dr. Oloh on youtube: playlist "Dr Oloh Koko Salone Oldies"
- More music from Sierra Leone available at earthcds:
Various - Music of SIERRA LEONE, Vol.1-7 and Anthology Compilation
Note from the Producer of the Music of Sierra Leone series