YeYe Asa Festival

  • New York, NY
  • 12/07/2013
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FLOXY BEE, the Queen of Hikosso Music


In 2012, FLOXY BEE — the Queen of Hikosso Music — was made the Yeye Asa (Mother of the Source) of Ile-Ife Iyanfoworogi, in recognition of her musical achievements and her efforts over the years to further the musical and cultural traditions of Nigeria throughout the African diaspora.

Since age 16, Floxy has been performing and recording. She has received numerous awards for her Hikosso music — a mixture of Highlife, Makossa, Soukous, Juju and Afrobeat. She has received citations from the cities of Boston and Newark for her efforts to bridge cultures through music.

The daughter of a captain in the Nigerian army, growing up on military bases allowed her a deep understanding of the many cultural and musical traditions of Nigeria, as the army was a melting pot of all of Nigeria’s tribes. The church gave her an appreciation for the rich African Christian tradition. The traditional culture was inscribed in her as an infant and again on her cheeks as a young girl.

Achieving success for a woman in Africa is difficult, and as a singer, even harder. The Yoruba believe that a person is born with a purpose. Anyone hearing Floxy Bee sing will know that her purpose is to make music. She has done so famously in Africa and in the U.S.


1996: “I Go Die for You” (CD)
2000: “Hikossoul” (CD)
2004: “Ajulo” (CD)
2008: “Orimitikore” (VCD)
2008: “Songs of Universal Love/S.O.U.L. (VCD)
2110: “Adura Mi Ti Gba” (VCD)
2011: “Eko Oni Baje & Meta Meta (VCD)
2012: “Merry Christmas Oluwatoyin/God Is Worthy of Praise (CD)
2013: “Oluwatoyin” (VCD)


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World Music/Traditional | World Music/Contemporary | Jazz



Garrett Baker

YeYe Asa Festival in New York; Celebrating African Women succeeding, changing their culture for the better

YeYe Asa Festival/NY; Celebrating African women succeeding, changing their culture for the better

Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 8:30pm at Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space 2537 Broadway at 95th St. New York, NY 10025

Every year in early December, there is a cultural festival in Ile-Ife Iyanfoworogi, in the heart of Yorubaland. At 2012 festival, Nigerian singer and entertainer FLOXY BEE — a.k.a the Hikosso Queen — became a Chief: the YeYe Asa (Mother of Culture) of Ile-Ife Iyanfoworogi. As it is not possible for her to participate in this year’s festival in Nigeria, it was decided that she would hold a parallel event in New York City. And because the YeYe Asa is a woman, the NY festival would focus on the cultural contributions of African women.

The YeYe Asa Festival/NY will link with participants in Nigeria via video clips and will feature a performance by the YeYe Asa herself, FLOXY BEE, with her band.

It is not easy for a traditional culture to adapt to the modern world. Throughout Africa, traditional roles and values have broken down and women have been particularly vulnerable in the transition. In music, the traditional genres are being replaced with hip hop and Western pop styles, and the spirituality, the other–worldness of African music, is being lost. The YeYe Asa Festival celebrates those African women who struggle to preserve the positive in their culture while adapting to the gender-equal modern world. Who is better than a woman to mother tradition into the modern age?

Tickets are $33 advance, $38 day of show; $30 seniors/students/members, available through the Symphony Space box office: 212-864-5400 or

Floxy Bee will be available for interviews. She can be seen on her Youtube channel:

For more information: Paul Trautman, 917-701-8766,

Attachments: Flyer, photo, bio and discography.


Dispatch Details

Concert Start Time: 8:30 pm
Venue: Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space
Venue St. Address: 2537 Broadway at 95th St.
Venue City, State: New York, NY
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Ticket Price(s): $33 / $38 day of
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