Tay Iwar

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Tay Iwar
Birth nameAustin 'Tay' Iornongu Iwar
Born (1997-06-09) 9 June 1997 (age 21)
Lagos
OriginBenue State, Nigeria
Genres
Occupation(s)
Years active2014–present
Labels
Associated acts

Austin 'Tay' Iornongu Iwar (born June 9, 1997), professionally known by his stage name Tay Iwar [1], is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, Audio engineer and Record producer.[2] He won Choice Producer at 2014 Nigerian Teen Choice Award and Choice Male Artist at 2015 Nigerian Teen Choice Award held in Abuja, Nigeria. He rose to prominence in 2016 after M.I released a re-fix of his song "The Box"[3] under his mixtape Illegal Music 3: The Finale.

In 2018, OkayAfrica ranked his song "Space" & "Sugardaddy" fourth on its list of "13 Best Nigerian Songs of the Month" September and also his song "Sugardaddy" got into the list of OkayAfrica Best Nigerian Songs of 2018[4]. In 2016, Pulse Nigeria[5] named him as one of the top seven Nigerian SoundCloud artiste you need to know and in 2018 Pulse Nigeria[6] listed his name on part of the five Soundcloud artistes you need to pay attention to in 2018.

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Austin 'Tay' Iornongu Iwar was born in Lagos and raised in Lagos & Abuja to a Nigerian parents. He is a native of the Igede, Tiv people and Idoma people of Nigeria. He started playing the guitar at age 13 before making music a career choice which was out of the original plan which was to study law.

According to his Ted[7] talk which was held in Port Harcourt in 2015, he was introduced to FL Studio and started producing his own music in SS1 and co-founded the "Bantu Collective" alongside his brothers Terna Iwar and Suté Iwar [8].

Music career and breakthrough single[edit]

The record that led him to the spotlight was "Equestrian Love"[9] and "Wuse II". Tay Iwar was involved in A Study On Self Worth: Yxng Dxnzl by M.I as a co-producer of the album and was also featured alongside the like's of Odunsi (The Engine), Lady Donli, Cina Soul and Niyola. Tay Iwar released his first ep "Passport" in 2014 under Bantu which also got nominated for Choice Mixtape/EP at 2014 Nigerian Teen Choice Awards. Tay Iwar released an extended playlist off his debut album[10] titled "1997" under Soulection featuring Preyé, Santi and Odunsi (The Engine) on 26 August 2018.

Universal Music[edit]

Early 2018, Tay Iwar signed with Universal Music[11] division "Universal Music Group Nigeria"[12]. On 26 January 2018, he release his first song "Video Star" under Universal Music Group.

Artistry[edit]

Tay Iwar describes his style of music[13] as "Afro-fusion" or "Neo Afro-pop" which is a blend of various elements and sounds from Afrobeat to "classic R&B".

Notable performances[edit]

He has performed at several popular events and shows since he rise to stardom, including:

Event Year
"Eclectic Wax" [14] 2018
"Gidi Culture Festival"[15]
"Aṣa Live in Lagos Encore" [16] 2017

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Album Title Album Details
Gemini[17]

Extended Play/Mixtape's[edit]

Album Title Album Details
Passport
Renascentia
1997

Singles[edit]

As Lead Artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year
released and album name
Title Year Peak Chart Positions Certifications Album
South Africa (EMA)
Spiritual 2014 - - Passport
The box - -
Coda (feat. Suté Iwar) - - Non-Album Singes
The Thirst (feat. Shiz) 2015 - -
Pain - -
Cleo - -
Into The Flame - -
Wuse II (feat. Odunsi(The Engine) 2016 - -
Elysium (feat. Suté Iwar) - - Renascentia
Video Star 2018 - - TBA

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles as featured artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Artist Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
SA
Suté "Enwonwu" (featuring. Tay Iwar) 2014 Jelí
Suté "Flood" (featuring. Tay Iwar) 2015 Visions
Santi "2 Sipping"[18] (featuring. Bridge & Tay Iwar) Suzie's Funeral
Santi "Summer Time" (featuring. Tay Iwar) 2016
AYLØ & Ayüü "Careless" (featuring. Tay Iwar) 2018 Øü
AYLØ "LITT!" (featuring. Tay Iwar) Non-Album Singes

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Smell of Success" 2015 Leriq, Tay Iwar & Suté The Lost Sounds
"Desire" 2017 Odunsi (The Engine), Funbi & Tay Iwar Non-Album Singes
"Love Never Fails But Where There Are Prophecies Love Will Cease To Remain" 2018 M.I, Tay Iwar & PatrickxxxLee A Study On Self Worth: Yxng Dxnzl
"Do you know who you are? Take some time and meditate on you" M.I & Tay Iwar
"December" JulS, Culan Luke & Tay Iwar Ojekoo[19]
"green light" Odunsi (The Engine) & Tay Iwar rare.[20]
"Cross My Heart" 2019 Tellaman & Tay Iwar God Decides[21]

Movie Soundtracks[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Movie Title Year Director Cast Song Artist
"The Intent 2: The Come Up " [22] 2018 "December"[23] (featuring. Culan & Tay Iwar) JulS

Singles produced[edit]

Title Year Album Release date
"504"[24]
(Jon Ogah)
2018 TBA
"Do you know who you are? Take some time and meditate on you"
(M.I)
A Study On Self Worth: Yxng Dxnzl August 24, 2018
"Love Never Fails But Where There Are Prophecies Love Will Cease To Remain" (featuring Tay Iwar, Patrickxxxlee)
(M.I)

Music videos[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of music videos as lead artist, showing year released and directors
Title Year Director(s)
"Video Star"[25] 2018 Director K

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Ceremony Prize Work/Receiptient Result
2014[26] Nigerian Teen Choice Award Choice Most Talented Personality Himself Nominated
Choice Song of the Year Spiritual Nominated
Choice Mixtape/EP Passport Nominated
Choice Producer Himself Won
2015[27] Choice Collaboration Ghost ( Zilla & Tay Iwar) Nominated
Choice Mixtape/EP Passport Nominated
Choice Song of the Year Zion Wolf Nominated
Choice Male Artist Himself Won
2016[28] [29] Choice Male Vocalist Himself Nominated
2018[30] [31] Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "#GetToKnow: Tay Iwar". MTV Base. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Tay Iwar: A Look Into The Creative's Heart". Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  3. ^ "Album review: 'Illegal Music 3' fulfills all promise". Information Nigerian. 1 March 2016. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  4. ^ "The Best Nigerian Songs of 2018". OkayAfrica. 4 December 2018. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Top 7 Nigerian Soundcloud Artistes Of 2016". Pulse Nigeria. 19 December 2016. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  6. ^ "5 Soundcloud artistes you need to pay attention to". Pulse Nigeria. 2 July 2018. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  7. ^ "The Loop | Austin 'TAY' Iwar II | TEDxPortHarcourtSalon". TEDx Talks Youtube Channel. 7 October 2015. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  8. ^ "tw Hidden Gems: Tay Iwar". TW Magazine. 9 January 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  9. ^ "The Song Everyone is Talking About after #SGIT3..."Equestrian Love" by Tay Iwar". BellaNaija. 9 February 2017. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  10. ^ Animashaun, Damilola (27 August 2018). "Tay Iwar Releases Three Songs Off His Upcoming Debut Album, '1997'". Konbini Nigeria. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  11. ^ "Tay Iwar and Ilo talk music, Universal Music deal and M.I. Abaga's project, Listen to Podcast". Soundcity TV. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  12. ^ "universal music group to launch strategic division in nigeria". Universal Music Group. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  13. ^ Music, Sounds ng (15 December 2015). "BUZZING UNDERGROUND: TAY". Information Nigeria. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  14. ^ "Odunsi, Wavy the creator, Efe Oraka, Tay Iwar to perform at festival in Abuja". Pulse Nigeria. 17 August 2018. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  15. ^ "How Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, others shut down Gidi Fest 2018". The Nation Nigeria. 23 April 2018. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  16. ^ "A Win for Bantu: Tay Iwar is opening for Asa's Encore Concert". The Native. 28 April 2017. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  17. ^ "Tay Iwar Is Nigeria's Hidden Gem". OkayAfrica. 19 October 2018. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  18. ^ "Ozzy B - 2 Sipping ft. Bridge (Of L.O.S) & Tay -". NotJustOk. 23 February 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  19. ^ "Juls takes a new sweet road on 'Ojekoo' EP". Pulse Nigeria. 18 December 2017. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  20. ^ "Odunsi The Engine's Debut Album 'rare.' Is Finally Here—and It's Everything". OkayAfrica. 12 October 2018. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  21. ^ "Tellaman's sophomore album, 'God Decides', gets Apple Music spotlight for February". The Native. 1 February 2019. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  22. ^ "The Intent 2: The Come Up". IMDb. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  23. ^ "‎The Intent 2: The Come Up (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Various Artists". iTunes UK. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  24. ^ "Jon Ogah explores "first-times" in new song "504"". BellaNaija. 7 May 2018. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  25. ^ "Tay Iwar Releases New Visuals For 'Video Star'". P.M. News. 3 February 2018. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  26. ^ "A Comprehensive list of 2014 Nominees". Nigerian Teen Choice Award. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  27. ^ "NIGERIAN TEENS CHOICE AWARD 2015". Nigerian Teen Choice Award. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  28. ^ "NTCA 2016". Nigerian Teen Choice Award. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  29. ^ "FULL LIST OF NTCA 2016 WINNERS". Nigerian Teen Choice Award. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  30. ^ "Nigerian Teen Choice Awards 2018 FINAL 2018 NOMINEES". Nigerian Teen Choice Award. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  31. ^ "Nigerian Teen Choice Awards 2018 FINAL 2018 WINNERS". Nigerian Teen Choice Award. Retrieved 11 February 2019.

External links[edit]

Tay Iwar profile on NotJustOk