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Ayo Solanke

Ayo Solanke is one of the most dynamic and energetic jazz and soul saxophonists to ever appear in the entire African music scene, with a unique soulful style together with his creativity and innovation as an artist, which clearly sets him apart from the rest. His exceptional sound touches the mind and reaches deeply into the soul, always leaving his audiences and followers yearning for more.
He is a songwriter and arranger with a background in event management and project coordination with almost two decades of experience under his belt.

Ayo Solanke picked up the saxophone for the first time in 1997 during his first year studying Mechanical Engineering at the University Of Lagos, Nigeria and has never stopped since then. He gradually developed into a virtuoso performer; a treasured sensation to music lovers everywhere.

He has recorded with the likes of Kirk Whalum, Hugh Masakela, Zahara, Judith Sephuma, Pastor Benjamin Dube, Afrotraction, Jimmy Dludlu, Danny K, Pops Mohammed, Kunle Ayo and Agboola Shadare just to mention a few. Others include, Mimi Mtetwa, Theo Kgosinkwe, Sabelo Mthembu, Asa (Nig) and Onyeka Onwenu (Nig) - just to mention a few.

He has performed before notable personalities such as Operah Winfrey, President Bill Clinton Of USA, President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria.

Ayo could be said to be one of the prominent rising stars in Africa, with an excellent track record dating back to his days in his home country, Nigeria.

He was one of the Directors of Pure Magic Entertainment Foundation; a non-profit organization which supports and promotes Nigerian youth talented in the areas of music and fine art. He also served as the Band leader for “Steve Rhodes Orchestra” and an award winning Band called “Spectrum 4 Jazz ensemble”

Ayo, as he is affectionately called, is an inspiration to many young people home and abroad and has himself been influenced by some of the world’s most renowned artists and performers such as; Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, Eddie Okonta, Osita Osadebe, King Sunny Ade, Kenny G, Fela Kuti, Charlie Parker, Bob Marley, Sonny Rollins, Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Bob Mintzer and several others.

Ayo has recorded two albums with his band "Spectrum 4 Jazz Ensemble" and is currently working on his debut album titled “THE JOURNEY” which is due for release in 2014.

Simply speaking, Ayo is the new sound and pride of the African contemporary artists.

For enquiries and bookings, please contact us on +27 (0)78 436 5964, +27 (0)84 73 6626 (South Africa) or send an email to ayosax@gmail.com.
Follow @ayo_solanke on TWITTER, www.facebook.com/ayogabrielsolanke &Ayo Solanke ARTIST PAGE on facebook for updates on his projects and events. -YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com/user/ayobasax/videos

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