Student Profile: The Oladipo Sisters Take Music World by Storm
by Hana Tatsutani on Friday, February 24th, 2017
On a lucky morning you might catch Oladunni Oladipo (I) leading her acapella group, EP!C, through a layered arrangement of a popular song. If you’re even luckier her sister, Olayeni Oladipo (III), might also be performing at your assembly with her acapella group, Octet. Though Olayenni and Oladipo sing with different groups at Milton, outside of school they collaborate in their practiced and professional singing duo, the Oladipo Sisters.
The Oladipo sisters began singing together little over six years ago when Oladunni was 11 and Olayeni was 9. At the time, Oladunni also had her own solo career. On the Oladipo Sisters’ debut album, “The Mighty One,” Oladunni and Olayeni sing the lead vocals, while their three other sisters sing background and were principal songwriters. The album is a series of original contemporary gospel songs that draw from British, American, and West African cultures to create its unique sound.
The sisters have also hosted a radio show, the Oladipo Sister’s playlist, on Roots Radio. Individually and as a duet, Oladunni and Olayeni have made radio appearances on the Fox 25 Morning Show and NPR – amongst other stations – and performed at locations all over the state including Fenway Park
As Olayeni explains, “Recently, We’ve recorded a few covers, all of which we’ve posted on YouTube. We also performed at the 9/11 Massachusetts Fund Memorial Commemoration at the State House and at Milton’s MLK brunch.” The pair is also working on some new music in hopes of recording a second album.
Olayeni and Oladunni are not the only sisters in the Oladipo Family. They have two older sisters Olamide and Olaitan and one younger sister Jubi in a family of five sisters. The older sisters have written original songs for Oladunni and Olayeni to perform which Oladunni believes has further enhanced her experience as a singer, “I think there are so many elements that go into making music and coming from a big family has allowed each of us to take on a specific role. That’s been very rewarding.”
Oladunni has been involved in various performance groups throughout her past four years at Milton. She also leads Gospel Choir every Monday as her second year as head of the group. Last Friday Gospel Choir performed in the annual Gospel Explosion in Straus Library. It also featured Christian Fellowship and various other performers. Oladunni has been a prominent member of the group throughout her time at Milton and appreciates the platform for sharing gospel music with community.
Oladunni and Olayeni attribute their success as a duet in part to their compatibility as sisters. Oladunni describes, “It’s easy working together because we both know what sound works best for our voices together and separately. It’s easier to come up with arrangements when you’re comfortable with and aware of the other person’s capabilities”
Even though Oladunni will attend college in the fall, she plans to continue with music on her own next year. Music has been an important aspect of her life throughout and her childhood and has been one of her favorite past times at Milton. “I love music because it’s so complicated and different depending on where in the world you are but everyone can still connect to it. That goes for like genres too. It brings people together and I think we could use a little more of that.”
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