If you're female and want to get ahead in music, you need to get yourself a single moniker name. Thus we've got Adele and Duffy (actually her surname), and a little earlier Dido. Further back and we're into those dual-name charlatans who are now easily recognised by their singular Christian name only: Britney, Celine and Shania. Earlier still and we have Sadé: the most obvious musical reference point for new recording artist... Nayo.
The opener, and title track, `African Girl' is a fairly lovely creation: slinky African rhythms, breathy vocals, swathes of soothing keyboards, laid back bass, the whole thing punctuated by the beat of tom-toms.
Track two, `Overdose on Love', begins with tom-toms, a sampled African wind instrument, a touch of Spanish guitar...
Track three, `Fool for You' has more tom-toms, more tasteful bass, sweeping keyboard strings, a sultry feel and... well you've got the basic idea. On the remainder of the album, virtually every song takes the same basic template and offers slight variations on it. So we're not offered ground-breaking, cutting edge sounds here. It's all very late 80s in feel, but mellow and tuneful with it; very nice to listen to in an undemanding relaxing way.
Still, it's the perfect background listening for that little wine party where every guy in attendance is called Julian and the only food on offer is a stick of celery and some guacamole dip.