Watch: Ayoinmotion Shares Undeniable Video For “Peculiar Mess”
Ayoinmotion’s energetic blending of afrobeats, hip hop, and electro reflects his life journey into a kaleidoscope of sounds. He solidified himself as a pioneer for U.S. based afrobeats, recently headlining Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Series, National Sawdust, and opening for international superstars including Gyptian, Davido, and Ayo Jay.
His new EP, SOVA, features turn up anthems like “Peculiar Mess,” which was addedto Spotify’s Discover Weekly, “Fkboi” which World of Dance featured to their 1.2 million fans on IG with a photo series, and sociopolitical commentaries like “Ifemelu,” which explores immigration and human rights issues in the U.S.
About the release Ayo says, ““I am expressing life in fluid and unapologetic artistry. It is an invitation to all, but it doesn’t seek anyone’s permission to be Nigerian, to be American, to be an immigrant, to be a poet, to be soulful, to be an artist, to be an activist, to be myself, without boundaries.”
Essence Magazine Premieres Ayo's new video for Gbesoke!
The Afrobeats genre has been making quite the impact on the global music scene over the past few years and Nigerian entertainer Ayoinmotion is leaving his mark by way of his latest single, "Gbesoke."
A dynamic performer who draws inspiration from his passion for activism and love of poetry, as well as his desire to create unforgettable music that leaves a lasting impression on any audience, Ayoinmotion is emerging as one to watch on the Afrobeats scene.
ESSENCE recently caught up with the proud Lagos native find out what he's been up to this year, why his music is truly one of a kind and what the Gbesoke craze is really all about.......full article
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Growing up during military tyranny in Nigeria left Ayo feeling powerless, unable to improve the plight of his people. Similar feelings ensued when he arrived in the depressed economic climate of Flint, Michigan, a city with resilient character but still reeling in the aftershocks of General Motor’s abandonment and violence. Both places however, inspires a life story that would ultimately radiate through his music and spoken-word poetry. Unravelling a deep creative burst during a brief stay in Japan, he returned to the U.S. and enrolled at the University of Michigan at the age of sixteen. Musically, it's been onward since then.
The passion and energy embedded in Ayo’s content and performance presence commands attention and has captivated the eyes of the music community, garnering notable attention. Recently, he opened for Talib Kweli at the legendary J.Dilla's tribute hosted by Jairobi of A Tribe Called Quest. He served on a panel with Lupe Fiasco, interviewed Russell Simmons for MTV and went on a successful European tour last year.
He has also graced the legendary Apollo theater stage and featured at SXSW, where he opened for Gyptian. Ayo is a proponent of using his artistic platform as an avenue for social action; he organized a benefit for the kidnapped Nigerian girls and recently performed with his band to raise funds for children affected by contaminated lead water in Flint.