About me

Kampala, Uganda

iZAYA is a media composer and electronic artist from Kampala, Uganda. His style of music is influenced by Classical music, African cultural rhythms, and Electronic music. His music has featured on a number of acclaimed projects such as Walt Disney's (Queen of Katwe), 2 H.B.O sponsored shows (Opera in a dusty city and Ugandan heaven), CNN's (inside Africa), and African travel show (Discover Uganda). iZAYA exclusively performs his original compositions, semi-live- he plays the electric guitar, a variety of percussion, and keyboard synthesizers together with the tracks from his computer running Ableton Live. His vision is to export Africa's rich culture to the rest of the world through music.

Cultural background

  • Uganda
  • Kenya
  • Rwanda
  • Tanzania

Values

  • Achievement
  • Faith
  • Love
  • Reliability
  • Vision
  • Authenticity

Project Music

Shadows Full Of Light

Uncertainties and unlike poles create movement and response giving the need for the attempt at resolution, life, reason and purpose, without which we would be inanimate, lifeless and have no energy. A great factor that makes us human is the ability to decide to indulge or not, the interplay between being held back by our fears and inner capacity to proceed brings about this conflict that gives us the ability to analyze, take stock make records and to learn. Conflict then is a neutral thing, we decide how to use it.

  • African
  • Alternative
  • Electronic
  • Pop
  • Background vocals
  • Singer
  • Synthesizer
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Violin
  • Drum machine
  • Denmark
  • Ghana
  • Uganda
Red Flags

Red Flags is about two lovers that are constantly clashing because of mutual mistrust; constantly pointing out the red flags from the other, and making allegations without substantial proof. Written by Odwa in Khosa and Anna Christensen in English; the song transports you from South Africa (Singing) to Uganda (Xylophone and Bakisimba [cultural rhythm]) to Denmark (singing) to India (percussion) and back to South Africa. A seamless fusion of jazz, African and Indian folk music, and electronic soundscapes.

  • African
  • Electronic
  • Fusion
  • Jazz
  • Musical theatre
  • Vocal
  • World
  • Singer
  • Vocal percussion
  • Grand piano
  • Synthesizer
  • Electric guitar
  • Octapad
  • Percussion
  • Rainstick
  • Rattle
  • Udu
  • Xylophone
  • Trumpet
  • Denmark
  • India
  • South Africa
  • Uganda
Lelo

We grow up being taught to avoid conflicts at all cost. But sometimes, enough is enough and the day comes to stand for oneself, confront and return blow. The track started as a pure percussion track composed by Ronan in (4/7) and set the tone for an hedgy atmosphere. Syssi added the vocals and lyrics in lingala giving an afro vibe to the tune. Finally Izaiah finalized the production in his studio in Kampala.

  • African
  • Alternative
  • Electronic
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Synthesizer
  • Electric guitar
  • Musical bow
  • Drum machine
  • Gong
  • Udu
  • Congo
  • Ireland
  • South Africa
  • Uganda

No submissions for Beyond Music Project Volume 2.

Banyan Tree
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  • 19 votes

The banyan tree is a significant multicultural symbol. It appears in almost every world religion. Buddha is said to have sat under a banyan tree for seven days after he attained enlightenment. It is venerated in India and in Hinduism it is associated with the fulfillment of wishes. Banyan is mentioned in many scriptures as a tree of immortality and it is truly a cross-cultural link between us all. Our song features the voice of Sharon Ben-Zadok, who adds her own touch to the banyan tree story, singing in Hebrew as well as in English.

  • African
  • Electronic
  • Vocal
  • World
  • Contralto / Alto
  • Singer
  • Synthesizer
  • Jaw harp
  • Bass traverse flute
  • Transverse Flute
  • Traverse flute
  • Israel
  • Switzerland
  • Uganda
  • United States of America
Dance of Improvise
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  • 13 votes

This is a collaboration from three different countries and backgrounds. Its an improvisational instrumental piece that we made.

  • Improvisational
  • Instrumental
  • Pop
  • Traditional / Folk
  • Electric piano
  • Drum set
  • Clarinet
  • Duduk
  • Armenia
  • Germany
  • Iran
China Town
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  • 4 votes

Who doesn’t dream of world peace? This is our dream about what can happen when cultures unite musically across distant borders. “China Town” is a synthesis of western electronic instruments and Chinese flutes, all rolled up into a spicy spring roll of intercultural sound.

  • Dance / EDM
  • World
  • Jaw harp
  • Dizi
  • Switzerland
  • Uganda
Sing Love
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  • 5 votes

It was really so exciting to achieve this collaboration. For those who like intercultural song or meeting this song gathers many areas and hearts. It mixes electronic music and zibola one's from Central African republic. Electronic music comes from Occidental culture, Zibola from our area. Sing love allows a Central African artist and and Uganda 's one to collaborate. The song is written in English, Sango and French. So, the whole world can hear it and dance.

  • African
  • Electronic
  • Religious / Spiritual
  • Singer
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Vocal ensemble
  • Music Box
  • Percussion
  • Tan-tan
  • Central African Republic
  • Uganda