Quotes

Ayọ says:


About her second album

"An album was not enough to talk about my life, my experiences, my views. In this new album I talk about what shocks me in the world, policies and corruption. But there are new topics such as 'love, my father, my mother, my son. My music allows me to express many things that hurt me and I can not speak, it helps me very much, it's a real therapy, as for the first disc, but my therapy is not finished."


About her childhood

"There are a lot of artists who are more busy in trying to hide things than expressing themselves. People always say that if you're so open, aren't people going to use what you've said against you. I don't think so, because nobody is interested in talking about what everybody knows anyway."

"For me, if someone came up tomorrow and was like, 'Oh, I have pictures of Ayo when she went to foster home', it's like 'I don't care', you know. For me it's like, 'Yes, it's true, I've been there' but I'm here today. It's nothing to be embarrassed about. I'm embarrassed when I fall down the stairs in front of everybody," she laughs. "But I'm not going to be embarrassed to tell people about my life."


About her father

"I've always said that my dad is my only hero, he came to Germany and he married a Gypsy woman and it wasn't easy for him at all. You know, for a lot of people the kind of mixed ethnic marriage was really uncommon at that time, so when my mum became a heroin addict and went to prison and all these things, my father was the one that most people blamed. He was like the weird black man to them." "But he was the only one who was there for us and fought for us."

"He has such good style, he is going to be 62 soon but he looks so young. You know, most African men his age, even when they live in Germany, are running around in muu-muus, but not him, he is the coolest man in the world."


About private gigs of rich Monaco yacht owners

"This kind of concert is Just. Not. Me". "Last month I played Monaco, and the most expensive champagne on the menu was €18,000. And you go, 'What the hell am I doing here?' It's not just the fact that these people can afford it. It's the fact that they're throwing away that kind of money when 3,000 miles away kids are dying because they don't even have a bowl of rice."