The concert will be part of the Printemps de la Francophonie organized by the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) and co-organized with NYFACS, New York French American Charter School in Harlem.
Ayọ, born Joy Olasunmibo Ogunmakin, is a Nigerian-German singer-songwriter and actress. When she was about 15, she wrote her first song, which was about her mother who died of heroin overdose and it helped her cope with her traumatic childhood. Her musical taste was influenced by her father’s large selection of vinyl albums which included Pink Floyd, Fela Kuti, Donny Hathaway, Jimmy Cliff and Bob Marley.
At 21 Ayọ moved to London and later lived in Paris and New York City. During her time in Paris her musical talent was noticed by a broader audience, and she gave her first solo concerts. Her debut album, Joyful, which was first released in 2006, reached Double-Platinum status in France. The album was released in the United States on 20 November 2007 by Interscope Records. In 2014 she won the category Best Female Singer of the Globes de Cristal Award in France.
In 2017 Ayọ released two singles, each accompanied by a music video, “I’m a Fool” in June and “Paname” in September. On 6 October 2017, the fifth album of the singer was released which was named Ayọ after herself. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her children.