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Monday, 04.09.2017, 20:20
oh what a night...
Paul Ubana Jones
It’s been said that the more a guitar is played, the better it plays.

Paul and his guitar have lived this truism for over 40 years, inseparably. Add to that his slightly raspy voice, a voice that sounds like it originates from vocal cords made of fine sandpaper. You can hear it in the deeply felt rendition of his «Rest in my Arms» or when he’s easily outdoing Bono in U2’s «One». Two examples that also highlight this gifted singer-songwriters’ tremendous emotional range. Hey, the man and his art might even make you change your view of the world…

Tonight, join this this vastly underrated artist in his journey through a songbook of a variety of styles and languages that features the blues, pop, raga, jazz, flamenco, folk ballads and West African roots. Next to tirelessly troubatouring the world, a rationale for this innate diversity might be his ethnic background. Currently living in New Zealand with his family, he was born to a Nigerian father and a Yorkshire mother, grew up in London and spent his teenage years when that notoriously fertile city was really swinging. At 11 years old, Bob Dylan inspired him to learn the guitar and it seemed only natural, or a case of giant good karma, that he was invited by the American to join his tour of Vietnam years later. Other glitterati that asked him to grease the slide for them have included Patti Smith, Taj Mahal, Crowded House and Nora Jones.

Up-close and personal, the man with the big unruly Brillo hair and the wide and knowing grin is back on our stage where underrated is nothing but the norm. With his grin that will surely travel from his face to yours before the night is done.

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