A.Y. (musician)

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Background information
Birth name Ambwene Allen Yessayah
Born (1981-07-05) July 5, 1981 (age 36)
Mtwara, Tanzania
Genres Bongo Flava, hip-hop
Years active 1996-present
Associated acts S.O.G., East Coast Army, MwanaFA

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.[1]


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  1. ^ "Most selling local Hip Hop artiste". This Day. 25 January 2010. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Tanzania Music Awards - Winner 2007". Kilitime.co.tz. Archived from the original on 2010-07-10. Retrieved 2010-09-08. 
  3. ^ "Kisima Awards winners 2007". Kisimaawards.co.ke. 2007-07-17. Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2010-09-08. 
  4. ^ Tanzania Music Awards - Winner 2008
  5. ^ Museke: PAM Awards Winners 2008
  6. ^ The Citizen: Diamond becomes toast of Kili Awards night. Archived from the original on 15 May 2010. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  7. ^ Kora Awards: Kora Awards 2005 nominees
  8. ^ Kisima Awards: Nominees 2008
  9. ^ Museke: MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) 2009 nominees
  10. ^ Museke: 2009 Channel O Africa Music Video Awards nominees
  11. ^ allAfrica.com: '20 Percent' Grabs Seven Kili Music Awards Nominations

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