A soul star returns to Oslo World on short notice.
Due to health reasons, Inna Modja is sadly prevented from participating at this year’s Oslo World. We wish her all the best, and we are looking forward to welcoming her to a festival in the future. These last weeks, we have worked on getting a replacement for her. It is a great honor to welcome the Nigerian super star Ayo to this year’s opening concert.
The Nigerian-German artist Joy Ogunmakin goes by the artist name Ayo – the yoruba translation of her first name. Since she was a child, she has played several different musical instruments, such as guitar, piano and violin. And when she was eighteen years old, she decided to pursue a path as a solo artist. One thing led to another, and a decisive moment came in Paris in 2002, when people from the record label Polydor watched her do a support gig for Cody Chestnut.
She signed a record deal, and her award winning debut album Joyful was released in 2006. It reached double-platinum status in France, platinum in Germany and Poland and got gold records in several other countries. Since then she has released four albums, and has had a full length documentary, Ayo Joy, made about her music career. Her last album, Ayo, was written and recorded in the artists apartment in Brooklyn. It reached the record shelves in 2017. But more things are afoot, and when Ayo visits Oslo World for the first time since 2014, she has a new single out which is called “Beautiful”. Special circumstances surrounds her visit this year – but that she is invited is far from a coincidence. We have been looking forward to her next visit ever since the last time.