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ContryFowl

Youngters,

What you are doing is excellent & brilliant. keep going & make improvements in your song writing & themes of your lyrics.

Make sure that, it is not only your friends & collaborators whom
you bring to make an appraisal of your artistic works, rather look
for a wider & broader audience to provide you with an objective
& impersonal overview of what you are doing.

It will be great if you & group are also able to integrate themes &
subjects from your native Cameroonian culture, to bring a fresh
breath & an entirely new dimension to this genre of music.

Thanks for sharing your music video & keep up the good works.

ContryFowl.

African Soul

Hi Contry Fowl,

Great observations and advice. Andy Allo is definitely the real deal. Here is a sample of reviews from reputable sources:
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When I hear a song for the first time and can't wait for it to end just so that I can listen to it again, that's when I know that I've happened upon a hit. That is precisely how I felt when I heard the single "Hooked" by Andy Allo. The song is one of many from the Cameroon, West Africa-born and raised, Sacramento, Cali-based Allo whose highly-enjoyable debut album, UnFresh, has won the heated battle for my attention and ears. The singer-songwriter calls her music "Alter.Hip.Soul," and after listening to the independently-released UnFresh that's an apropos description. Andy mixes urban alternative, hip hop and soul sounds together to create her own lane on this wide highway that is music. She sounds like Corinne Bailey Rae's cool younger sister. The majority of her songs are about the ebb and flow of relationships and she approaches her music with a maturity that belies her 20 years. Andy Allo has been here before, but thankfully we get to enjoy her music in this lifetime. If you can take your eyes off of the gorgeous part-time model long enough to press play on "Hooked" and the album's title track below, I promise you won't be disappointed.
http://soulbounce.com/soul/2009/11/bounce-worthy_andy_allo.php
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You may not have heard of Andy Allo. But you’ve definitely seen her pretty face and funky afro on such ads as the U.S Post Office, BlackPeopleMeet.com and Toyota. The sista can sell cars and stamps. But what she definitely has me sold on is her music. Allo makes an impressive musical debut with her album UnFresh. Her sweet and soulful voice is candy to the ears. Allo shares her stories of life and love through a passionate blend of hip hop, neo-soul and alternative. Or as she likes to call it, alter-hip-soul. Only 22, the Cameroonian-born model and actress now has singer, songwriter and executive producer to her long list of talents. Allo financed the independent project on her own when she was 21. And don’t think her album sounds like something recorded in her mama’s garage. Nope. Nothing but studio-quality sounds on UnFresh. Allo’s album was born in the same studio where Tony! Toni! Tone! created some of their hits.
http://cocoafly.blogspot.com/2010/01/you-need-to-know-andy-allo.html

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DJ Concerned presents "Bridges" A party that connects cultures, cities and people through music. Focused on Soul-Hip Hop-Reggae & Latin but not limited to those styles. DJ Concerned is searching to bring you the best from Brooklyn to the Bay and beyond.

Featured Artist is Andy Allo. Cameroon born and raised singer-songwriter Andy Allo has been writing songs and singing for as long as she can remember. She picked up the guitar only a year and a half ago but is also backed by her own band.

Allo is influenced by the soul and style of artists such as Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Michael Jackson, Jill Scott, Floetry, D’Angelo, Dolly Parton and India.Arie.

If you were to categorize her music, it would require a new genre: Alter.Hip.Soul: A mix of alternative, hip-hop, and soul.
http://www.sfstation.com/bridges-featuring-andy-allo-e821501
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ANDY ALLO: THE SWEET & LOWDOWN
Words by Terron D. Austin, Reverb Editor


Photography Jesse Vasquez Makeup Artist Melody Mora

(Click Image for PDF version)

Newcomer Andy Allo hails from Cameroon, West Africa with her guitar as her companion and a charming sound she says has been influenced by real musical royalty such as Erykah Badu and Jill Scott, Hip-Hop’s spacey duo OutKast and even the late King of Pop himself – Michael Jackson. She’s quickly stepping into her own, however, with a brand new genre she affectionately calls “Alter.Hip.Soul” – a self-made concoction carrying the weight of alternative, Hip Hop and soul undertones, but for now, we’ll just call each of the 12 tracks found on UnFresh, Andy’s official debut purely feel good music.

Having been making music as well as performing live with her band for just under a year, Andy Allo is poised to become one of the industry’s breakthrough artists if she retains the momentum set forth by her debut offering. Released independently this past fall, UnFresh features a girl with grit, spunk and a style all her own. Though it hasn't been long, the cool chemistry between Andy and her band plus their oscillating ode to Hip Hop’s golden children The Fugees among others (check out the breezy opening number “Fly Away” featuring The Tones to see what we mean) is what makes this group of musicians so unique. Taking that kind of daring musical approach and blending it with strong lyrical content draws first-time listeners in with ease. It’s not too far out there nor is it so familiar that you’re too comfortable and taking it for granted.

UnFresh lacks one thing though – that surefire hit many new artists need to make their mark. Filled with mostly lazy Sunday afternoon tunes or those sweet joints some of us like to ride to on those long vacations and car drives, UnFresh does boast a few must-haves. Check out the title cut (which falls halfway through the album’s full sequence) with its atmospheric string and funky vocal arrangements. Coupled with a few monotone bars by a guest emcee known as Flave and Andy’s swift transition between rhythm, rhyme and rhetoric, “UnFresh” is actually a clean take on the future of soul/Hip Hop fusion and is definitely a tune you’ll bob your head to all day long. There’s also the stripped down “Knew You At All,” a brave acoustic tale about a former love and the symphonic samples strutting through the funky “Dreamland” (featuring guest artist Blu) like a Disney movie soundtrack. If you’re gearing up for something left field, you won’t find that pinch of alternative you might be looking for. Instead, UnFresh adds to the mix a few stellar choices to keep Andy out of the one-hit wonder category for quite some time.

All at once sincere, passionate, beautiful and liberating, Andy Allo’s subtle sound and writing skills on UnFresh are remarkably refreshing. It only adds to the mix that she’s undeniably striking with that captivating smile and unforgettable “girl next door” energy. Easily placing her in the league of guitar-strumming and soul-singing sisters Vivian Green, Corinne Bailey Rae, Laura Izibor and Alice Smith, this record launches the promising career of a new starlet whose full potential has yet to be fully introduced to the world.

To learn more about Andy Allo, visit www.andyallo.com. Twitter: www.twitter.com/andyallo

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See also this interesting interview: http://www.awordformysistas.com/2009/11/andy-allo/

ContryFowl

Hallo African Soul,

I did some quick google search immediately after watching the video & must say, it was very touching to read of Andy Allo's diligence, determination & meticulous persistence in arriving at this point of her budding career as a Singer/Song Writer & Composer.

She is indeed on a pathway that will take her to the heights of her fullest potential, having an interesting mix of her Africanicity & European heritage providing a propulsive creative fuel & a gigantic palette of variegated motifs, themes & subject matters from which to tap from.

Naturally, the interesting point here is that, the young lady has something to say, to express albeit in an embryonic & gestational phase,
but this is going to mature & ripen with time, experiences & the inevitable
process of growth within any chosen profession.

That said, it will not be a bad idea to also introduce her works to other Cameroonian eforums. The works of this young & talented Cameroonian/American should also be known amongst our other Cameroonian communities in the diaspora.

Thanks African Soul for sharing the brief excerpts.

Great work & by all means continue with the same zest & creative spirit....!!!!!!

ContryFowl.

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