Monday, November 05, 2007

o-yea for Ayo

Born of a Nigerian father and Romanian Gypsy mother, singer/songwriter Ayo truly is a musician of the world. Her name means "joy" in Yoruba (one of the many languages spoken in the homeland of her father), and although not all twelve tracks on her debut album Joyful convey a sense of joy, all of them put forth powerfully emotional messages. Behind those lyrics of depth is a reggae tinted, soulfully blended, afro-beat rhythmed, instrumental base that draws its strength from its deceptive simplicity, leaving the focus on Ayo's lyrics.

If you like what you hear, the album comes out on November 20th, and there will be a TV special titled Live from Monte-Carlo which will be presented on U.S. Public Television as both a one hour special and as a 90-minute fundraising special nation-wide during the month of December. Look for it as an alternative to watching It's A Wonderful Life for the 20th time. Ayo's name has spread throughout Europe already, be sure it will do the same here in the States.

Ayo - Down On My Knees : Joyful

Ayo - Only You : Joyful

Visit her website, her label Interscope Records, and become her friend on MySpace.


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