Kunle Ayo

Location: Based in Johannesburg

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Awards & Distinctions

  • 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

Noteworthy Performances

Kunle has headlined and performed at numerous notable Jazz festivals such as the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Mapungubwe Jazz Festival in Limpopo, Tzaneen Jazz Festival, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, Ekurhuleni Jazz comes alive, Calabar Jazz Festival in Nigeria, Tikwe Jazz Festival, Harare international festival of Arts in Zimbabwe, Ugu Jazz Festival, Africa Day concert at the PACOFS, Bloemfontein,  Go-Jazz Festival at the Jazz Café, London, Safaricom Jazz Festival in Kenya to name a few.

He performed at the ceremonial handover to Nigeria of World Economic Forum on Africa, Cape Town, South Africa 2013.  He has also playing at the Jazz Clubs in Johannesburg including The Orbit Home of Jazz and Winnies Jazz Club to mention a few as well as corporate functions and private parties. 

Discography

  • 2002 - “AYO” (JOY) – UNIVERSAL MUSIC, CDRBL 294
  • 2003 - “BEYOND BORDERS” – UNIVERSAL – 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
  • 2016 – ATUNSE (THE REVOUTION) – KCOOL PRODUCTIONS – KCOOLCD005

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Quotes

  • "KUNLE! It's a good thing we in the States don't know what that name means, because once you hear his incredible, energetic, world-beat, soulful, jazzy, uplifting music, you'll still be baffled anyway! What is a Kunle?! Just listen and be transformed."  - Great American Saxophonist & eleven time Grammy Award nominee, Kirk Whalum
  • "Giving a shout out to you - Mr. Kunle, musician extraordinaire. The world awaits your awesome talent. Keep spreading the love with your beautiful music. "Coming to a town near you" master musician Kunle / bringing you all styles...jazz, afro, soul, funk, mellow vibes" - Professor at  Department of African American Studies at Georgia State University and band leader at Common Ground Collective, Mausiki Scales
  • “Kunle has a rare combination of gifts—he is able to tell a story simply with a melody on guitar and at the same time, fill the ears of a listener with an incredibly authentic musical point of view. His passion feels rooted in his love for his homeland and his distinct appreciation for humanity. The music he makes is a thing of beauty”. - Platinum selling Saxophonist and eight-time Grammy nominee, Dave Koz

BUDGET INDICATOR

Typical Budget for Kunle Ayo is
R10000 - R120000.


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