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Soul - Released January 1, 2006 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

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Soul - Released January 1, 2013 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

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R&B - Released October 6, 2017 | AYO

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Soul - Released January 31, 2020 | Wrasse Records

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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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Soul - Released January 1, 2007 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

Recorded at the Olympia Hall in Paris in 2007, Nigerian-German vocalist Ayo's first live album features 14 tracks which showcase her effortlessly soulful vocals and unique fusion of folk, Afro-beat, neo-soul, and reggae. Released a year after her debut Joyful, it includes all but two of its 12 songs ("How Many Times" and "These Days" are omitted), alongside four previously unreleased tracks, one of which, "Love and Hate," would later appear on her 2008 sophomore LP Gravity at Last. © Jon O'Brien /TiVo
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Soul - Released January 1, 2006 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

Blending equal amounts of Sade's cocktail-lounge take on world music, Jill Scott's dignified neo-soul and Corinne Bailey Rae's sunny AAA pop, the debut album by German singer/songwriter Ayo sounds like it will be a mainstay in middle-of-the-road coffee houses for years to come. The daughter of a Roma gypsy mother and Nigerian father, Ayo Ogunmakin makes exactly the sort of polite, low-key, largely acoustic pop-soul that's a mainstay of a certain mature, well-heeled demographic; indeed, a live Ayo performance recorded in Monte Carlo was a popular PBS special in late 2007. But while all that implies a certain inoffensive blandness, Ayo's a genuinely talented singer/songwriter, with a malleable voice that swings easily from the helium-pitched wispiness of the gentle bossa nova "And It's Supposed to Be Love" through the Tracy Chapman-like murmur of "What Is Love?" to the assertive, soulful strength of "Letter by Letter." While there are occasional missteps like the utterly forgettable reggae cop "Only You," Ayo's songwriting is refreshingly free of the earnest self-importance of many similar artists, trafficking neither in exhibitionist emo-porn nor the sort of vague sub-Bob Marley moralizing that's the usual province of dreadlocked white guys in hemp shorts. Joyful may not be the most exciting debut of 2006, but it's a satisfying example of a subgenre that all too often goes wrong. © Stewart Mason /TiVo
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Soul - Released January 1, 2006 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

Blending equal amounts of Sade's cocktail-lounge take on world music, Jill Scott's dignified neo-soul and Corinne Bailey Rae's sunny AAA pop, the debut album by German singer/songwriter Ayo sounds like it will be a mainstay in middle-of-the-road coffee houses for years to come. The daughter of a Roma gypsy mother and Nigerian father, Ayo Ogunmakin makes exactly the sort of polite, low-key, largely acoustic pop-soul that's a mainstay of a certain mature, well-heeled demographic; indeed, a live Ayo performance recorded in Monte Carlo was a popular PBS special in late 2007. But while all that implies a certain inoffensive blandness, Ayo's a genuinely talented singer/songwriter, with a malleable voice that swings easily from the helium-pitched wispiness of the gentle bossa nova "And It's Supposed to Be Love" through the Tracy Chapman-like murmur of "What Is Love?" to the assertive, soulful strength of "Letter by Letter." While there are occasional missteps like the utterly forgettable reggae cop "Only You," Ayo's songwriting is refreshingly free of the earnest self-importance of many similar artists, trafficking neither in exhibitionist emo-porn nor the sort of vague sub-Bob Marley moralizing that's the usual province of dreadlocked white guys in hemp shorts. Joyful may not be the most exciting debut of 2006, but it's a satisfying example of a subgenre that all too often goes wrong. © Stewart Mason /TiVo
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World - Released March 23, 2009 | Wrasse Records

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Soul - Released January 1, 2006 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

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R&B - Released January 17, 2020 | Wagram Music - 3ème Bureau

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Ambient - Released June 12, 2020 | Sofa Beats

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Rock - Released April 8, 2016 | AYO

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R&B - Released June 28, 2017 | AYO

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R&B - Released September 7, 2017 | AYO

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Pop - Released November 29, 2019 | AYO

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Soul - Released January 1, 2006 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

Rap - Released August 10, 2017 | DeeHart

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Soul - Released October 15, 2019 | Wrasse Records

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Progressive Rock - Released September 23, 2016 | AYO

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Soul - Released January 1, 2007 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

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