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Ngina Fayola is a singer/songwriter, born in Georgetown, Guyana. She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio with her parents and two sisters. Ngina Fayola’s father, Jojo Kofi Badu, was one of the founding members of the international world music band, The Yoruba Singers; he became her direct influence into her craft. She started as a poet in Cleveland, Ohio then ventured into singing songs with her guitar at local open mic nights. At the end of 2007, she moved to Lakewood with her two children, and started making her own beats and producing songs.
“It was always in me to do my own thing…I didn’t feel that people had the same vein that I did for this (music). I wanted to do my own music”.
Since 2002 Fayola has written, arranged, produced and directed four albums: nginafayola (the birth of), observationz, Anomaly, and Ladybugs in my Lamp. Each beat was arranged and created by Ngina Fayola; each album reflects a point of change and growth within Fayola’s personal. Fayola also produced A Spoken Word Project: for the People for Kisha Nicole Foster (Gneous Music) in 2008. In 2008, she performed at the Kings vs Queens on the Iron Mic show(Grog Shop) and she was in the Battle of the Beats (Symposium). In 2009, she was featured in the Cleveland Scene magazine for her performance in the Queens of the Iron Mic Show. She has worked with such artists as Eriq Troi, PhatBurner, Elemental Hard Groove, and Joe Byrd. She has toured with RepLife, a jazz/spoken word duo, which consists of Mark Matthews (D.J) and Daniel Gray-Kontar, in Ohio and Pittsburgh. She has also featured at The Earth Nightclub (Cleveland, Ohio); The Underground (Cleveland, Ohio),JazzyBlu Cafe and Lounge(Louisville, KY),The Tin Roof (Nashville TN) The Bunganut Pig (Murfreesboro Tn)and the legendary Grog Shop (Cleveland, Ohio). Fayola performs live acoustically or with a four-man band and back-up singers.