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KUNLE AYO PROFILE

Multi–award winning guitarist/jazz musician, Kunle Ayo, has earned several accolades which include being one of Africa’s most celebrated guitarists and an equal comparison with giants of the contemporary school like George Benson, Earl Klugh and locally based Jimmy Dludlu.

This dazzling live performer has 6 albums, several gospel projects and 2 Live DVD recordings shot in South Africa and London respectively. For every show Kunle Ayo performs in, he leaves his fans inspired and brimming with positive energy.

As a most sought after performer, Kunle Ayo has participated in a number of notable jazz festivals, namely:

Standard Bank Joy of Jazz

Cape Town International Jazz Festival

National Arts Festival, Grahamstown

Calabar Jazz Festival, Nigeria

Harare International Festival of Arts, Zimbabwe

Go-Jazz Festival at the Jazz Café, London

Safaricom Jazz Festival, Kenya, to mention a few.

Not limited to his guitar and performing prowess, Kunle Ayo’s artistic flair includes producing music for talented acts like MXO, Judith Sephuma, KB, Asanda Bam and Simphiwe Dana, amongst others. Another success to his production skills is his recent production of the legendary Hugh Masekela’s last album, “No Borders” and his co-production with Berita on her single, “Surprises”.

DISCOGRAPHY

2002 – “AYO” (JOY) – UNIVERSAL MUSIC – CDRBL 294

2003 – “BEYOND BORDERS” – UNIVERSAL MUSIC – CDRBL 316

2005 – “SINCERELY YOURS” – BULA MUSIC – CDJOJ 710

2007 – “A TASTE OF HOME” – BULA MUSIC – CDJOJ 718 

2011 – ​“BEST OF BOTH WORLDS” – SHEER SOUND DISTRIBUTION – SLCD 215

2013 – “JAZZIN UP HIS PRAISE” VOLUME 1 – QBYE MUSIC DISTRIBUTION

2014 – Kunle Ayo Live in London Concert (Live DVD Recording) – K COOL PRODUCTIONS – DVDKC006

2016 – “ATUNSE” (THE REVOUTION) – KCOOL PRODUCTIONS – KCOOLCD005

AWARDS

2004 – Kora Awards – Beyond the Borders – Best Male West Artist (West Africa) Category

2005 – Channel O Awards – Slowly But Surely (single), Beyond the Borders (Album) -Best Jazz Video 

2009 – Nigeria Achievement Award – Best Musical Group, Kunle Ayo and his band. 

(Awarded by President Goodluck Jonathan)

2011 – Metro FM Award – Best of Both Worlds – Best Contemporary Jazz Album

2015 – AFRIMA Award – Best Jazz Artist in Africa

2017 – Nigeria Community Excellence Award – Best overall Nigerian Music Artist

2017 – SAAFMA Awards – Best Afro Jazz Album

E-mail:​info@kunleayo.com, info@beamthelight.com

Website:​www.kunleayo.comwww.beamthelight.com

Telephone: ​+27 (11) 4961527, 

+27 81 593 7219

+27 73 266 6141

Video Links

1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFJA-OWKDVc

HAPPY TO KNOW YOU

2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xatvV9UPr2k

OJU ORUN

3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMFINqRr6wk

ILE

4. https://www.youtube.com/user/Adeayokunle/videos?view_as=subscriber

YOU TUBE CHANNEL FOR KUNLE AYO

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Preview YouTube video Kunle Ayo – Happy to Know You (Official Video)

Preview YouTube video KUNLE OJU ORUN MUSIC VIDEO

Preview YouTube video KUNLE AYO ft OLIVER MUTUKUDZI ( ILE OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)

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