DJ AYANA SOYINI
“DJ Ayana Soyini is an internationally known Artist, Producer & Syndicated Radio DJ committed to community and self-empowerment through the creative arts!”
DJ Ayana Soyini Bio
Growing up in the 1970’s and 80’s in New York City, DJ Ayana Soyini was influenced by positive Black American, Caribbean and African music and culture. Ayana began to develop her artistic expression while attending Brooklyn Technical High School in New York City & Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Being inspired by learning more about her cultural heritage, Ayana began to focus on learning to DJ and produce music. Deciding to pursue music full time she left Boston and moved back to New York in the early 1990’s where she found work in a recording studio as an engineer and session producer.
After linking with Bronx based producer Charlemagne from the Hip Hop crew Natural Elements, Ayana was featured as a rapper on the B-side of the vinyl 12 inch single “Lyrical Tactics” from artist Mr. Voodoo. The group track called “Shine” included Ayana (then known as Essence) and Natural Elements members Mr. Voodoo, L-Swift and A-Butta. Released by indie record label Fortress Records in 1995, the single was an underground success and garnered Ayana her first professional recording credits and press clippings from The Source magazine and other Hip-Hop publications.
“We keep rising to the top. No one can stop we. Natural Elements will forever S.H.I.N.E.”
“The woman in me is D.I.V.I.N.E. Ayana Soyini. The woman in me.” - Ayana Soyini