AJO is well known for her distinctive voice and recently achieved international success with the release of her latest EP “Besa”, after a long hiatus. The demand for AJO’s live performances has rocketed in the recent years while 2021 saw her perform at some of the world’s most renowned venues such as Royal Albert Hall and Rich Mix in London, where her shows were sold out. She also performed in other venues and festivals such as FemArt, Kino Armata, and Kino Lumbardhi in Kosovo, Oda Theatre, as well as concerts in different countries of Europe.
She has a unique ability to touch audiences with her own written and composed materials, advocating for Albanian heritage. With her work, she passionately evolves around the culture of her motherland and through music she incorporates the dances, folktales, costumes and traditions of her land - elevating the craft and emotion of traditional folk into the innovative jazz infused territory.
AJO moved to London in 2004 to study vocal, music and media management, and eventually settled here to raise four children – which reflects in her most recent work, as motherhood is an important theme in her EP ‘Besa’.
In 2002, AJO first came to prominence in Kosova and Albania when she released an exceptionally successful single under her real name, Vjollca Robelli. The song – called ‘AJO’ – was dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDs pandemic and won many accolades. It topped the charts on many TV and radio stations, came second in the regional ‘BBC Top of the Pops’, won ‘Best Rock Video’ at Video fest, and AJO was nominated as a Youth Music Ambassador that same year, becoming an inspiration for many young girls and empowering women through her music. Seventeen years on, the song retains its popularity, which led Vjollca to adopt the stage name AJO, meaning ‘SHE’.
Well known TV presenter, she hosted many successful live shows during the period 2002-2004, in 2003 her Live Show “Crossword” was voted one of the most-watched TV shows in Kosova according to IREX and this background career development helped her to become a confident storyteller in her live concerts.
With a collective of renowned musicians drawn from across Europe, AJO has crafted her first work for 17 years, with the first song from her EP – Besa – released in July 2019. AJO’s emotive and evocative music shares its inspiration with the musical legacy of her culture.
Her songs tell true tales of honour and betrayal, joy and pain, politics of being a female, empowering and celebration of womanhood and the uniquely Albanian concept of ‘Besa’ – an oath of trust passed down the centuries.
For her new EP, AJO has collaborated with professional musicians including Aram Zarikian, Danny Rico, William Collier,Emma Smith, Alessio Marsio, and Xhemil Gjini.
Andrew Phillips, the Emmy awarded musician for Outstanding Achievement in Music, and Oscar nominated composer, has mixed the tracks. The EP is mastered by Max Gilkes from 1 Sonic Productions, the Grammy and Mercury nominated mastering studio.
"Music is a bridge between different cultures and languages, and one can feel it when listening to the song"