What we hear is an airy, almost completely acoustic, calm music, that is simple, catchy but multilayered – music that is never dominant but always electrifying. It is sung by a woman that loves transparency as much as mystery, a woman that shows a surprising maturity for her age, a woman that is obviously in balance with herself. With her sensuous alto voice the singer is aiming directly at the hearts and souls of those who listen to her. In Wally Warning the singer and songwriter had an important and experienced partner on her side while creating her debut album Origin. He and Layori agreed, that the title Origin contained the message that the music should remain as natural, pure and genuine as possible. Two guitars, bass, percussion, background vocals, occasional horns and strings set the right frame for Layoris voice.
She sings in three languages (besides Yoruba it..s English and Spanish). One can..t resist her, whether she..s intonating the mantra-like “What Is Love” or she..s playing with the many shades of her splendid organ. It..s astounding how powerful and fragile she can sound at the same time. “Both comes from the challenges that you have to face when you travel the world constantly.
The fragile has maybe to do with me being homesick, missing the protection and love of my family.” “In a certain way Origin is like coming home. In all the years that I spent in different countries in the world, my African soul was always present. Never ever would I do something that is against my culture, my pride, my believes, my roots. With Origin I can now show my family: look, I..ve made something out of my life.
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