Ayat (rapper)

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Ayat promoting MADFest17 at Spyderlee Tv
Background information
Birth name Ayat Maqwan Salis
Born (1990-07-10) 10 July 1990 (age 28)
Madina, Accra, Ghana
Genres Afrobeats, Hip hop, Hiplife, Afro-trap, Afropop
Occupation(s) Musician, rapper, singer and producer
Instruments Keyboard, sampler
Years active 2008–present
Associated acts Sarkodie, M.anifest, Medikal and Teephlow
Website http://ayatmusic.com/

Ayat Maqwan Salis[1] (born 10 July 1990), better known by his stage name Ayat, is a Ghanaian Musician, rapper, singer and producer. Ayat started his music professionally as Mr. Ayat in 2008 and later rebranded to “Billy Banger” in 2010 during that period, where he recorded and released several mixtapes, which made a little impact locally. In 2011, as “Billy Banger” he recorded and released “aint easy”, a hip-hop/RnB song which had an honorable mention in the Hip-hop category at the 2011 International Songwriting Competition out of over 17,000 entries.[2] Ayat's hit records include "Kudi", "I Don't Know You (IDKY)", "Play For Keeps (SOYAYA)" and "Dodo".

Early life and Education[edit]

Ayat grew up in Madina, a suburb of Accra Ghana. He first attended Madina Islamic JHS, where he completed his Junior Secondary School level education. He then gained admission into West Africa Secondary School for his secondary level education, where he started pursuing a professional musical career with the moniker “Mr. Ayat”, before rebranding to “Billy Banger”. After high school, he pursued Information Technology (IT) courses at IPMC and got admission into University, but dropped out later to pursue a full-time music career.[3]

Music career[edit]

In 2014, Ayat collaborated with Mal of Griotz Music and producer Mike Millz to release a joint EP titled “The TrapLife 2.0” EP. This was his last project under his “Billy Banger” moniker. This project received average reviews but gave him a lot of blog coverage and presence in the Ghana hip hop scene.[4]

In 2015, Ayat then called “Billy Banger” decided to change his stage name to his original birth name Ayat, which means Life in Arabic. In a conversation with music reporters, Ayat confirmed the name change but emphasized that the rebrand was rather a transition into a new era for his growing music career than just a change of name.[5]

In 2016, Ayat disclosed that he sold 85% of his belongings to make the inaugural edition of his MADFEST – an acronym for Music of African Descent Festival happen.[6] MADFEST had an extensive list of budding and established hip-hop acts in the country gracing the show, including Akan, Worlasi, M.anifest, AJ Nelson, and Medikal.[7]

In 2017, he released his widely anticipated debut EP, ZAMANI to critical acclaim. The Afro trap influenced EP had AYAT touching on the themes of hope, dreams, success, and love. And within a year, the 26-year-old has been featured in some of the biggest songs in the country.[8] He worked with popular Ghana rappers: Sarkodie on Dodo, Medikal on 4get Everybody, Edem on the Egboame Remix and E.L. on Bars.[9]


Extented Plays

  • TrapLife 2.0 with Mal 2015
  • Zamani EP 2017


  • IDKY (with Kayso) - 2014
  • My Girl (with Kayso) - 2015
  • Let Then Know (with Kayso) - 2015
  • Dodo ft Sarkodie - 2016
  • Forget Everybody ft Medikal - 2016
  • Kudi ft M.anifest - 2017

World Tours and Notable performances[edit]

Ayat started off the year 2017 with a tour to the United States. This was to promote his new song by then "debut EP ZAMANI". Ayat first landed in Los Angeles at The Airliner in Downtown LA. He then continued to East coast, Mid-west and some Caribbean countries.[10]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Honorable mention in the Hip-hop category at the International Songwriting Competition out of over 17,000 entries.[11]