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Musical Artist

A.Y. (musician)


Years active

A.Y. (musician)

July 5, 1981 (age 42) Mtwara, Tanzania (

Associated acts
S.O.G., East Coast Army, MwanaFA

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Birth name
Ambwene Allen Yessayah

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Ambwene Allen Yessayah, better known by his stage name as A.Y., is a Tanzanian bongo flava artist. He was born on July 5, 1981, in Mtwara, Southern part of Tanzania. He began his career with the group S.O.G. in 1996. He decided to go solo in 2002. AY is among the first bongo flava artists to commercialize hip hop. He was member of the musical group known as East Coast Army, but now he's no longer part of the group. He is still releasing songs and albums collaborating most with an ex-coast artist MwanaFA.


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  • Raha Kamili
  • Hisia Zangu
  • "Zigo"
  • Won

  • 2007 Tanzania Music Awards - Best Hip Hop Single ('Usijaribu')
  • 2007 Kisima Music Awards - Best Video From Tanzania ('Usijaribu')
  • 2008 Tanzania Music Awards - Collaboration of the Year ("Habari Ndio Hiyo"), with Mwanafalsafa
  • 2008 Pearl of Africa Music Awards - Best Tanzanian Male Artist
  • 2010 Tanzania music awards - Best Reggae Song ('Leo (Reggae remix)' with Avril)
  • 2012 Channel O Music Video Awards - Best East African Video
  • Nominations

  • 2005 Kora Awards - Best East African Male Artist
  • 2008 Kisima Music Awards - Tanzanian Video of the Year ("Nangoja Ageuke", with Mwanafalsafa) & East African Collaboration of the Year ("Usiwe Mbali", with Amani)
  • 2009 MTV Africa Music Awards - Best Hip Hop
  • 2009 Channel O Music Video Awards - Best African East ("Naongea Na Wewe" with Mwanafalsafa)
  • 2010 Tanzania music awards - Best Music Video ('Leo')
  • 2011 Tanzania Music Awards - Best Male Artist, Best Hip Hop Song ('Usije Mjini' with Mwana FA), Best Collaboration Song ('Dakika Moja' with FA & Hardmad), Best East African Song ('Songa Mbele' with Alpha)
  • 2012 Tanzania Music Awards - Best Ragga/Dancehall Song ('Good look' with Ms. Triniti)
  • 2012 Channel O Music Video Awards - Video of the Year (featuring Romeo and Lamyia - Speak With Your Body)
  • References

    A.Y. (musician) Wikipedia

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