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AY’s popularity

By admin
27 October 2013

Ambwene Allen Yessayah, well-known by his stage name AY, is a Tanzanian Bongo flava musician. In 2001 A.Y. released his first solo album ‘Raha Kamili’. 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.

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 Artistes), MauriceKirya (Ugandan 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.

After the release of the second album AY’s popularity increased in East Africa and established him as a top artiste in the region. He has collected several prestigious awards throughout his career too, having amassed 18 awards to date, including a 2012 Channel O Music Video Awards in the Most Gifted Best East African video category