Joyful by Ayo

by Rose Longhurst

Marie Claire music review: Joyful by Ayo

A soulful and talented debut from Ayo reveals a myriad of influences

Her name means Joy in Yoruba, and therefore it seems apt that Ayo's debut album is a joy to listen to. Her music has cross-cultural appeal, possibly due to the melting-pot of influences in her background. The German singer has a Nigerian father and a Romanian Gypsy mother, giving her the stunning looks which match her voice. This album was recorded in New York, and after gaining huge success in France Ayo is now set to take over the UK. Soulful tracks such as debut single 'Down on My Knees' suggest that she shouldn't have too much trouble finding fans.

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Joyful is released 3 September


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