Pictures of the "AYF ADLER Awards 2014" are available now in our Gallery!
English (UK)Deutsch

Welcome to the African Youth Foundation

She is pretty, talented, energetic and ambitious and has an angelic voice. Not afraid to try new things and try her luck in an unfamiliar ground where many took their chances but failed.


She is Niasony Okomo, Congo Brazzaville-born rising star based in Germany. Her single Ponanini (Why?) has conquered Germany and Europe, and continues to generate a heated debate in show-biz circles about its sophisticated rhythms.[...]

Love her or hate her, Okomo, who grew up in the impoverished township of Ouenzé in Brazzaville, has already registered her name in the rubicon of world music, meaning she is here to stay.

Listening to Ponanini and her new single Nasina makes one wonder if she could one day team up with legendary maestros of world music such as Papa Wemba and Lokua Kanza.

"AFRO represents my roots and PLASTIQUE the poverty I'll never forget - my first pair of sandals was plastic." Niasony says, who came from Congo to Gemany at the age of 13. With an under the skin getting voice the new Congolese Diva sings about her soul, which is torn between Africa and Europe. Her music represents a melange of urban Afrobeats, traditional Soukous and driving Reggae.