Ayo – Stunning, Meaningful Music

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Music transports us to other worlds. Perhaps it’s why this art form connects so fully to my curious spirit. I am a citizen not merely of America, but the world. Years ago my husband and I discovered Joyful, the first CD from Ayo, a beautiful Nigerian singer; her lyrics echo multiple layers of struggle, joy, longing and pain.

We played songs like “Help is Coming” over and over again. Singing the words loudly, eyes closed, engrossed in her quiet but encouraging voice; always pushing us to choose practical optimism, not accepting defeat. “Help is coming,” she pleaded, “as long as you believe.”

Then I stopped following her work, and moved on to an infatuation with British singers like Amy Winehouse, but Ayo kept producing, releasing other CDs (Gravity at Last, 2008; Billie-Eve, 2011) in that time. This year she offers us Ticket to the World which blog co-editor Shannon calls “freedom music,” rhythms that ignite the soul. I am sharing some of my favorite songs, and catching up on all I missed. Take a listen and enjoy, loves!

Live In Color! – Emelda

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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4 Replies to “Ayo – Stunning, Meaningful Music”

  1. Thank you for introducing me to Ayo. I really enjoyed listening to her and appreciate the range of her music. PS. Ladies I’ve been reading your blog for about 2 hours now and love what you are doing. Keep up the good work.

    1. Hi Bonita!! Thank you so much for reading the blog & those kind words of encouragement!!! How did you learn …

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