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.
Chinese star Ayi Jihu met with Motown Legend Gladys Knight at the Agua Casino in Palm Springs. Ayi Jihu met with Gladys Knight and the two spent some time together before her show at the beautiful Agua Casino.
Some of the biggest names in show business play at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage. We spoke briefly with Ayi Jihu after the show. “It was a fantastic show, I have never seen her live before, in fact to be honest I have not seen much of her before, but I found I knew so many of her songs. I was supposed to meet with her in Wales UK around a month ago When James Womack hooked it up with her road management Larry Ward and due to my schedule I could not make it down to her show there. So when James Womack got in touch with us and told us they would be in Palm Springs the same time as me I was so excited. Meeting her was just amazing, it was short but very sweet, she is so kind and giving and she was very nice to me. She is a fantastic performer and singer and the stories she tells on stage are fantastic too. I learnt so much from watching her perform and being around her. I hope one day to be half as good as she is.”
Ayi continued: “The Agua has a wonderful arena for artists, one of the best I have ever seen and heard. I have now seen several desert casinos and they are all very, very nice. I hope I get to perform at these Casinos in the near future. If you come to LA or Palm Springs you gotta check out some of these desert Casinos. I know everyone thinks Vegas is the place and it is fantastic I have been there many times, but there are some great Casinos and shows in the desert too.
I want to say a special thank you to James Womack, Larry Ward and Michael Frydrych for making this happen. I am blessed to have a wonderful team.
For more information on Ayi Jihu visit her website www.ayijihu.com
Find out more about Gladys Knight here
Why not check out the Agua Casino and Spa
Chinese Star Ayi Jihu surprised and enthralled a packed house in City Club Toronto when she turned up to perform at the launch of A Celebration of Women Foundation Inc. Ayi is in Toronto on a goodwill tour representing the organisation that looks after and celebrates women all over the world before she heads the USA to attend the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
We were able to get exclusive backstage footage of Ayi.
Check back for part 2 of this video.
For more information on Ayi Jihu visit www.Ayijihu.com
For more information on A Celebration of Women Foundation Inc visit their website here.
China’s first international Lady of R&B and global Philanthropist Ayi Jihu has landed in Toronto Canada for the first time as she set of on a goodwill tour of Toronto that will see her perform several shows and speaking engagements in the world famous city.
Ayi will be staying at the one of the worlds finest boutique establishments ‘The Windsor Arms hotel‘ in the Yorkville area of Toronto. The famous Windsor Arms hotel is the home to many stars staying in Toronto and Richard Burton famously proposed to Elizabeth Taylor here.
On a cold, rainy and windy day in Toronto Ayi Jihu brightened up the day as she wowed the patrons of the hotel with her arrival. Ayi will be appearing at an exclusive event at City Club 296 Richmond St West, Toronto ON, in the city. She is going to be performing at the launch of the A Celebration of Women Foundation inc and is supposed to be doing a surprise appearance at around midnight. The Firemen of Toronto will Also be doing a bit of a show there and Ayi Is looking forward to meeting the ‘Buff’ Firemen of Toronto. Tickets are almost sold out to this event which will see some of the cities most prominent women, businessmen and names come together to celebrate the launch of the foundation that dedicates itself to helping and promoting women all over the world. You can get your ticket online here.
Speaking to Star News Ayi Jihu said ‘I’m very excited about being here. I just can’t wait to discover Toronto and meet the people. Driving here to the Windsor Arms I went through China Town and it was amazing, much bigger than China Town in London and to be honest it looks better too. I’m going to make sure i get out there soon and check it out, meet the people and get a feel for the place. I will be letting everyone know about everything I see and do while I am here.
Speaking about the hotel Ayi said ‘It’s amazing, the detail and feel of the place is fantastic and my room is wonderful. I will be checking it out fully over the next few days and letting you all know more about it. Many of my fans around the world like to know about where I stay and what it is like so I always try to get the information out to them, especially those in China looking for great things to see and places to go when they are thinking of travelling.
We asked Ayi what she will be doing in Canada? ‘I have a busy schedule and it seems to be getting more all the time, but anyone who knows me, knows I love to work. I have several speaking engagements talking to kids and several performances including tonight at the City Club in Toronto. I am also going to be doing a lot of photography and video work in the city and this great hotel. I’m hoping to get a moment to myself too, just to relax. The best way to keep us is to check here or www.ayijihu.org. For the people in Toronto just listen out to your favorite radio station as they will be doing updates on some of things I will be doing in the City.
For More information on Ayi jihu visit her website www.ayijihu.com
For more information of A Celebration of Women Foundation Inc, visit their website
To discover the exclusive Windsor Arms Hotel check out their website here.