Ayi Jihu Vocal Kung Fu training
International Chinese Star Ayi Jihu is going through a grueling regime in preparation for her hectic year.
Ayi Jihu is working with Motown Vocal Guru JR Skeete who has helped many artist discover their inner voice and reach their full potential as performers all over the world. JR uses a mixture of vocal exercises mixed with Tai Chi type body moves to strengthen and elevate the voice and help the artist ‘Articulate the view’ as he puts it of themselves.
Ayi says ‘The Vocal Kung Fu is so hard and it takes a lot out of me. It’s only part of my training. JR tries to get us to do that part of my training on the roof at sunset whenever we have the chance, He says the energies are strong then. I’m getting better at it and my voice is improving and getting stronger. In fact everything is getting stronger and my focus and control during performances is much improved. Breath is everything.’
Vocal and artist development Guru JR Skeete says: ‘This is the time for Ayi to prepare herself for what is to come. She is a unique artist with a lot on her shoulders and this year a lot is expected, so it’s my job to make sure she is prepared in all aspects for the rigors of this game at the highest level. She is maybe small but she is very strong and committed and that will stand her in good stead for the future. I use this vocal Kung Fu style to help an artist connect with their inner self and understand the strength and power they have within, so that they can express that to the world through their singing and movement. Artist like Ayi who dance alot benefit from this style as they are all about movement and how they dance is how they sing. The two things are connected.
This is shaping up to be an interesting year for Ayi Jihu as she launches her new album and single as well as her Fear Chaser short movie. Ayi says ‘My schedule at the moment is mad. All I do is rehearse, practice, sing and exercise. I do not know what the future holds but I want to be prepared and ready for whatever life throws at me. The good thing is I love what I do. Some of my friends look at me and think I do not have much of a normal life and I guess they are right, but my life is normal to me and I know that without the hard work and sacrifice their will be no true reward’.
Ayi Jihu continued: ‘JR is amazing, he has transformed my singing and understanding of my voice as well as help me understand the music more. He is a fountain of knowledge and experience and I am very lucky and blessed to have someone like him working with me.’
For more information on Ayi Jihu visit her official website www.ayijihu.com
Find out more about JR Skeete.