Multi-Award Winning Jazz guitarist, Kunle Ayo is one of Africa’s most celebrated guitarist of our time. He has earned several musical accolades and comparisons with giants of the contemporary school like George Benson, Earl Klugh and locally based Jimmy Dludlu. Due to the rising demand for diverse styles of music, Kunle Ayo stands out as one of the artistes who retains his roots as a Nigerian Jazz Guitarist in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Based in SA, Kunle Ayo's new and 6th studio album titled “Atunse the Revolution” features international musicians such as; Bra Hugh Masekela, America’s great Saxophonist Kirk Whalum and Zimbabwean guitar giant, Oliver Mtukudzi. The album comprises of smooth African contemporary jazz ethnically influenced by culture and Pan-Africanism.
Kunle Ayo has produced albums for South African jazz vocalist and award winner Simphiwe Dana and other musicians from the House of Masekela stable (HOM). In February of 2014, the guitarist was honored as an Ambassador for ONE.org alongside 18 other musicians including D’Banj, Femi Kuti, Omawunmi Magbele, Liz Ogunbo, Vikcy Kimani, Buffalo Soldier, Diamond among others for their "Do Agric Project" which featured the incredible Pan–African theme-song “Cocoa na Chocolate".
As the multi-continental-award winner puts final touches on the legendary Hugh Masekela’s forthcoming release, he has excited the global music industry with his very own stupendous and lively latest album which can best be defined as ‘The Revolution’, after a four-year hiatus on the music release front. Quite at home on the stupendous colorful work of art, “Atunse (The Revolution)", the guitarist/producer takes his craft to greater heights. Featuring acts such as Bra Hugh himself on “Ayobami”, the project also features musical icons such as the legendary Oliver Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe) on the first single “Ile”, multi Grammy-nominee Kirk Whalum (U.S.) on “Nothing to something”, Africa Mkhize on “Happy to know you”, and Bholoja Ngubane (Swaziland) adding spice with “Iroju”.
The SA based Nigerian iconic guitarist, who produced the songbird, Simphiwe Dana’s “Firebrand’, says his album is a remake of some of his old songs, and an elevation of his sound, hence “Atunse” – redo in Yoruba.
“You know what they say about revamping, it's usually comes out better. It's a different sound from my other albums because we are fusing new ideas, and moving the music with the times without losing its musicality. I believe that we need to pick up our lives wherever we find ourselves in unpleasant situations and find a way to 'RE DO' life. We must not let life knock us down, but I encourage people to dust themselves off, stand up again, and move right on again, which was my personal experience. All things in life are experiences, we best learn from, and I believe that with God all things are possible”.
2015 was a promising year as he was awarded the "Best Jazz Artist in Africa" by AFRIMA (All Africa Music Awards). He also released his single titled "ILE" meaning "home" from his new Album in which he collaborated with Zimbabwe's Guitar giant, Oliver Mtukudzi. The year also had him producing and signing on up and coming artists on his label, K Cool Productions. He also boasts of a new DVD which was shot in London at the Swanky Under the Bridge Venue at the Stamford bridge.