Ayo - Joyful (CD)

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Ayo Ogunmakin was born near Cologne on 14 September 1980, the product of a union between a Nigerian father who had come to Germany to study in the 1970s and a Romanian mother who grew up in a gypsy community. And her rich cultural background stuck with her, leaving her partial to diversity and distrustful of purists and cliques. “I'm definitely somewhat Bohemian by nature, preferring a nomad lifestyle. Not having a home? That is freedom,” Ayo says playfully. Her rather unusual name can be translated as “joy” in Yoruba. And this attractive musician of mixed-race, with delicate facial features set atop a slender body, is radiant with joy, as she invites her fans to listen to the world of music rather than the music of the world. “I was bottle-fed by my dad, who worked as a DJ from time to time. He had quite a collection of vinyl albums.” As a young girl, Ayo grew up amidst Pink Floyd and Fela Kuti, the Soul Children and Bob Marley, and with Bunny Wailer, “a powerful flashback to my early years” and Prince Sunny Adé, “the hero of Juju music.” Ayo refuses to choose a favourite of all the various types of music that she was surrounded with as a child. In the mid 80s she took to playing the violin for a short time, before turning to the piano between the ages of 10 and 14. It wasn’t long before she taught herself to play guitar. “I needed an instrument I could be at one with…It’s more direct, more aggressive, and I mean that in a good way. But I've recently started composing songs for the piano again. I wrote “Neva Been,” which is on the album.” At 21 she was trying to find her calling…and ended up in London, where part of her Nigerian family was living. “It was an important period in my life - the first time I really expressed myself. I needed to leave Germany to find myself.” This may be true, but once she left, Ayo was ready to pick up and move again. “Moving around the world has allowed me to develop who I am. I’ll never be happy with being sedentary. I’m too spontaneous and I care too little about material things to plan the future. But I know I’m able to start from scratch wherever I end up.” That was how Ayo, an official resident of Germany, went to live between Paris and New York, two capitals that accurately sum up her musical identity.
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Country of Origin
South Africa
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Down on My Knees
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Without You
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Letter by Letter
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] How Many Times?
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] And It's Supposed to Be Love
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Watching You
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Only You
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Help Is Coming
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] These Days
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Life Is Real
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] What Is Love?
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Neva Been
R&B / Soul
Release Date
24 May 2007
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Studio / Live
Video Disabled
  1. Ayo
Date Released
2007-02-01 00:00:00
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