Gbesoke | Ayoinmotion | Summer 2016

Happenstance, Vibes and 'Ayo-in-motion' were aligned to bring the artist known as Ayo and 'Zagada' together. As faith would have it, we are now experiencing a moment in time when Caribbean music is in flux; African vibes (Afrobeats) now permeate Caribbean Soca music. Now is the time to get back to our musical birthplace and plugging this artist is a 'no-brainer'!

Enough said... it is with great pleasure that Sokah2Soca take this opportunity to introduce this talented New York based artist (from the motherland) to the Caribbean diaspora. The featured song today is entitled "Gbesoke". We have posted a play-list of songs recorded by the artist below for your listening pleasure. We are confident that you will immediately embrace the rhythm and groove with the music of Ayo.

Sokah2Soca aka Zagada say Gbe Soke ('Lift it Up' or you may prefer 'Put up your hands') and enjoy Ayo's 'Musical Vibez'!

Artist's Bio:
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. His write-up as a Nigerian immigrant growing up in Flint juxtaposed with the water crisis, was recently featured in Huffington Post.

Primarily New York City based, Ayo plays with his own live band and dancers who move in a mesh of afro-beats/pop, modern, house, hip-hop and ballet dance styles. Ayo refers to his sound as Afro-T.R.A.P. (To Rebel Against Anybox Period). Unable to be confined at attempts in limiting his multi-genred approach which blends influences of Afro-Beats from his Nigerian roots with Hip-Hop, House, R&B/Neo-soul, and other musical inspirations. Ayo coined the phrase to reflect a lack of conformity with the narrow categorization of music and art.

Ayo's Press Kit(bio, achievements and more) with additional info for the basic artist description:

Production Notes/Music Credits:
Song Title - Gbesoke
Artist/Performed by: Ayoinmotion
Additional Vocals: Tracey Phillips
Written by: ***
Mixed by: Edson Sean
Mastered by: George "Cylon" Casseus

​You can check out more of Ayo's music here:

Please be advised that the music is presented here for your listening pleasure and for promotional purposes only ("Fair Use" Musical Content Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976). No copyright infringement is intended! .  We encourage you to promote the artists and their music; please don't share the music and rob the artists of needed income!
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