Ayo Tikare is a singer with a passion for African music. Born and raised in Nigeria, she enjoys singing both contemporary and traditional tunes. Since the age of ten she has been singing in several choirs and bands.
Ayo started her music ministry as a member of the choir at Ibadan Varsity Christian Union between 1986 and 1990, which was where she became a Christian and had her foundation in the Christian faith. She participated in special events, e.g. Living Spring 1986 in collaboration with the Evangelical Christian Union of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. After graduating from the University of Ibadan, she became a lead singer with “The Liberators”, an itinerant music ministry, for several years. She later migrated to the UK and joined the worship team of Precious Stones Christian Centre in London where she still serves as a worship leader.
Ayo recently released her debut album, “Praises from Africa” was launched in April 2011 which is a lively blend of traditional African music and dance. Her dream is to encourage people from various backgrounds and cultures to enjoy the rich diversity of sounds from the African continent in various languages like Twi, Gaa, Ewe, Krio, Hausa, Yoruba, Ibo, Lingala and Bemba.
She has been influenced by longstanding artists like Manu Dibango, Bola Are, Kenneth Appiah, Dupe Solana as well as modern artists like Midnight Crew, Gabriel Eziashi and Lara George. Her style of music is gospel fused with an eclectic mix of old and new musical styles spanning the African continent.