She was quickly performing shows in Los Angeles and New York City to crowds that warmed to her easy stage presence and the calm cool of her music. The tragic and sudden loss of her father at the end of 2004 brought a move back to Nigeria , to regroup and reflect with her grieving family. In Nigeria, Nayo looked inward, feeling torn between the ‘western’ reality that she had known and the hard and harsh realities of her nation, troubled with political and social ills of all kinds. During the electric brownouts and oil shortages, in city traffic and seeing injustice and inequality everywhere, Nayo grooved to Astrud Gilberto alongside Sade, and took heart from the politically charged lyrics of Fela Kuti and Bob Marley. She began to believe that the music was the way to give back to her people. Nayo returned to Los Angeles with renewed purpose and independently released a limited single ‘Party Fever’ which found its way as a breakout onto the Billboard Club Play Charts and various dance charts in Europe by late 2005.
This unplanned breakthrough allowed Nayo to begin collaborating with producers and songwriters from New York, Los Angeles and the UK, where her true love for music first began. Her debut album simply titled ‘ AFRICAN GIRL’ was released in March 2008. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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