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AJOYO, featuring jazz vocalist Sarah E. Charles, is the vision of saxophonist Yacine Boularès, and is a mystic brew blending African tradition, jazz, and soul.

More than music, it's a joyful ceremony, a fuller experience bringing musicians and audience closer together. AJOYO chants in the name of Tony Allen, Oum Khalsoum, Charlie Parker and Donnie Hathaway. Stomping towards you like a dancer, arms open, horns, bell and bass interwoven like the fabric of a ceremonial dress, AJOYO speaks the language of the talking drum with a New York accent.

Based in New York and originally from France & Tunisia, Yacine Boularès has played sax, composed, and arranged music for Cameroonian musicians such as former Fela Kuti drummer Jojo Kuo and the late Martino Atangana, the Haitian Kompa legend Tabou Combo, Placido Domingo’s latest album Encanto Del Mar, and more recently for his trio Abu Sadiya with Vincent Segal and Nasheet Waits.

AJOYO, featuring Sarah E. Charles on vocals, originated in the blend of encounters and influences, as Yacine assembled a band that reconciles his North African and Western heritages. AJOYO celebrates life, love and justice through music: music for the heart, the mind and the body, the kind that is soulful, sophisticated and that makes people want to dance.

"Ajoyo is a splendid debut album by one of the most interesting new bands in the New York Afro-rooted world music scene" (...) - WORLD MUSIC CENTRAL (USA) -

"The music exudes sophistication, yet responds to a primordial pulse" (...) - ALL ABOUT JAZZ (USA) -

"Ajoyo's uncontainable energy and extremely detailed musicianship elicit a level of beauty, grace, and fun that few artists can attain" - THE DAILY VAULT (USA) -

"A Tunisian man in New York, one of the most talented jazzmen of his generation..." - RADIO FRANCE INTERNATIONALE -

Yacine Boularès is a grantee of the FACE Foundation - Jazz & New Music Program.



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