Olu Dara

Born Jan 12, 1941

Olu Dara Jones is an American cornetist, guitarist and singer. He is the father of rapper Nas.

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1941 Birth Born on January 12, 1941.


1963 22 Years Old Olu Dara was born Charles Jones in Natchez, Mississippi, the son of Ella Mae and Charles Jones. He moved to New York in 1963. … Read More


1994 53 Years Old 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 "Jungle Jay" from In the World. Dara played the cornet on the track "Life's a Bitch" from Nas's debut album Illmatic in 1994 and on the song "Dance" from God's Son, a posthumous tribute to Anne Jones his former wife and Nas's mother.
1998 57 Years Old His first album under his own name, 1998's In the World: From Natchez to New York, revealed another aspect of his musical personality: the leader and singer of a band immersed in African-American tradition, playing an eclectic mix of blues, jazz, and storytelling, with tinges of funk, African popular music and reggae. … Read More


2004 63 Years Old In 2004, his vocals and trumpet were featured on Nas's single "Bridging the Gap", and the title track from his album Street's Disciple. … Read More
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