Available languages: EnglishJoy Olasunmibo Ogunmakin, who goes by the name Ayo, is a German-born singer-songwriter and actress of Nigerian heritage who first gained attention with the album 'Joyful' in 2006. A hit in France and Germany, it reached number 16 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums Chart in 2007. She learned to play music as a child and developed an interest in singing after her DJ father allowed her to make a demo recording.
After stints in London and Paris, she toured in Germany and opened for Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds on an American tour. Concert album 'Live at the Olympia' was released in 2007 and screened on America's PBS network. 'Gravity at Last' came out in 2008 followed by 'Billie-Eve' (2011), 'Ticket to the World' (2013) and 'Ayo' (2017). She appeared in the 2014 feature film 'Murder in Pacot' directed by Haitian film-maker Raoul Peck and in German director Tarek Ehiall's 'VOLT' (2016). Her 2018 schedule included several dates at the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre in Branson, Missouri and one at the O2 Academy in Newcastle, England. In 2019 she released single 'Beautiful' taken from her sixth album, 'Royal'.
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Her label originally suggested an album of covers, but Ayo has too many personal things to express to accept such an offer. Perhaps relics of this original idea, three pre-existing songs are nevertheless present on the track list of this fifth album from the German-Nigerian singer: Né quelque part by Maxime Le Forestier, Throw It Away by Abbey Lincoln and Fool’s Gold by the late Lhasa. The artist who made a name for herself in 2007 with her hit Down On My Knees casts aside the folk guitar that she seemed so inseparable from previously, in order to focus on her voice, which is lit up by Freddy Koella’s stripped back arrangements. Ayo transports her clear vocals and warm interpretations to the core these infinitely delicate songs (Rest Assured, with its hesitant piano), tender and sensitive (Fix Me Up and its bluesy guitars), but also sometimes groovy (Afro Blue, which only features a cymbal and a pizzicato double bass). Among some other gems of the album are some slower retro tracks (Just Like I Can’t) and a surprising piece which blends rhythmic reggae and nostalgic jazz (I’m in Love). At the crossroads between soul and folk, Ayo’s graceful, sensitive and intimate melodies make you glad she chose to offer up some original tracks. © Nicolas Magenham/Qobuz
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