Representing the initials of his
names Ambwene Yessayah. background….. Began his musical career at the
tender age of ten.
While in primary school he
participated in talent searches
and frequently entertained
guests at parties and weddings. In 1996 while in high school he
formed a group with his friends
called S.O.G. it had three members
including A.Y.They recorded an
album and released it in the year
2000. career….. In 2001 A.Y. decided to go solo
and recorded his first solo album
The first single off the album
‘Raha Tu’(Pure Joy) was a huge
success and topped the charts both on radio and T.V. and
introduced A.Y. into the
Tanzanian music scene.
The second single ‘Machoni kama
watu’(a swahili phrase meaning
their faces are human but their hearts are inhuman) feat Lady
Jay D also did extremely well in
the radio charts and helped push
his album sales in the market. serious business…
In 2005 A.Y. released his second
album ‘Hisia Zangu’ (my feelings)
and the first single ‘Yule’ (That
one)topped the charts.
The album included various collaborations with top East
African Artistes like Prezzo,Tattuu
and Deux Vultures(Kenyan
Artiste).This gave A.Y. more
appeal and recognition in East Africa.
The second single off the album
‘Binadamu’(Human Beings) was
a huge hit in East Africa and was
nominated for a Kora Award
making A.Y. the first Tanzanian male artiste to be nominated for
the award. more serious business… After the release of the second
album A.Y. ‘s popularity
increased in East Africa and
established him as a top artiste in
In 2006 he got an endorsement deal with ‘Konyagi’ one of the
top selling liquors in
Tanzania.This gave him huge
visibility all over the country.
The endorsement deal opened
more doors and he did various commercials with different
companies like Coca-
Waragi, Kilimanjaro Lager and
Malta Guiness style and approach.. Hip Hop music that talks about
the daily issues and lifestyles of
The issues are conveyed in a
witty yet entertaining style.
His music relates to and appeals to people of all ages. Recognition… 2005,Nominated for Best Male
Artiste East and Central Africa at
The Kora Awards for the single
2006 Nominated for Best Male
Artiste,Tanzania at Kisima Music Awards in Kenya.
2007 Received a Kilimanjaro
Music Award for Best Hip Hop
2007 Received a Kisima Music
Award in Kenya for Best Music Video-Tanzania.
2007 Received a Pearl of Africa
Music Award for Best Hip Hop
2008 Received a Kilimanjaro
Music Award for Best Collaboration.
2008 Received a Pearl of Africa
Music Award for Best Male Artist-
2009 Nominated for Best Hip Hop
Artist at Mtv Africa Music Awards in Kenya.Same Category with JAY
Z & KANYE WEST.
2009 Nominated for Best Group
& Best East African Video at
Channel O Music Video Awards.
Akon has repeatedly acknowledged A.Y.’s music and
was particularly impressed by his
style and sees him as the next
rap artist from Africa to make it
5 Awards to date.
Has had 14 hit singles all of
which made it to number one in
His biggest song to date is ‘Usijaribu’(Don’t you dare try)
.The song has won him various
awards and international
recognition the song talks about
gossipers and haters.
His latest hit single ‘Habari Ndo hiyo’ (that is the news)is
currently number 10 on the radio
He various collaborations with
top East African Artistes like
P.Square (Nigeria),Mwana FA,Lady Jay Dee,Prof Jay,TMK
Wanaume,Shaa and many more..
Avril (Kenya) and others. What you didn’t know…
Real name: Ambwene Yessayah
Style: Simple and Casual
Date of birth: 5th July
Favorite Color: Black & Blue Favourite scent:DKNY, Game
Inspiration:Dr. Dre performances……
The launch of his four albums
was a huge success and
sponsored by Tanzania
Cigarrette Company and invited
international artists like Fat Joe,Eve,Shaggy and others.
Was one of the main artistes
perfoming during a huge concert
‘Music Against Aids’ in Tanzania
an intiative supported by
Tanzanian government and U.S.A.I.D.
The Coke side of life tour in East
The Afro Arabs youth Festival in
Uganda that had different artistes
from all over Africa. Perfomed for refugees of Rwanda and Burundi
courtesy of U.N.H.C.R
Zanzibar International Film
Sauti za Busara Festival,Olympic
Torch,BIG BROTHER REVOLUTION,MTV AFRICA MUSIC
Shared stages with Akon, Wyclef,
Miss Elliot, Angelique Kidjo, Oliver
Mutukudzi, P. Square,D’Banj, HHP,
Fally Ipupa, 2 Face,Lizha James and etc
Tanzania was hourned this year
to have the Olympic torch pass
through their country, A.Y. was
one of the few artistes selected to
perform at the event. Has also perfomed in East