After the organizers of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards revealed their nominations on Feb 24, a bevy of artists like Medikal and Ebony expressed their gratitude for being nominated for the very first time. But for others like Ayat, there was some disappointment, after being shut out altogether in the unsung category.
Speaking to Mr Kay Official on Sky FM, the Madina based artiste said;
“I was a bit disappointed at first because I know I deserve a spot. I mean it’s the VGMAs what do you expect. When you get nominated for something it’s great, but if not you still have to working hard for the fans.”
He however explained that he has turned to focus on the positives, of which he has many.
“Right now I’m just focusing on being the best artiste possible, being best for my fans and people listening to me. When people tell how my song inspires them, how it changed their lives, to me that is the award as an artiste.” He added
Formerly known as Billy banger, Ayat opened up about the highly-anticipated project, his first EP which is the ZamaniEP.
He revealed that the EP, which also meant modern or current, took shape while he was in the studio with renowned record producer Kayso, thus they had been working on it for two years now.
Behind hits like Forget everybody ft. Medikal and Dodo with Sarkodie, Ayat describes his type of sound as modern contemporary African music. He added;
” I make world music. I define my music as an underground sound with mainstream appeal, basically I make music for the underground, and the mainstream is actually warming up to it”
Strongly influenced by sounds of Jay Dee, Daddy Lumbar Rex Omar, VVIP, Reggie Rockstone & M.anifest, Ayat extended an undying gratitude for his home fans.
“Madina is best hood in Ghana. We support each other, Madina has played major role in me coming up as an artist, they supported me immensely and given their all to me, I’m really grateful for the love.”
The artiste whose vision is to gain global recognition is set to release the visuals to Iron boy, an intro from the EP, followed by that of play for keeps.
The ZamaniEP is available on all digital stores