iZAYA is an electronic artist, producer and performer from Kampala, Uganda. His style of music is heavily influenced by Afrobeat, Ugandan cultural rhythms and Electronic music. His music birthed a genre called Afro-EDM which fuses African rhythms (using traditional instruments occasionally) and arrangement styles with instruments from electronic dance music (EDM). His music has featured on a number of acclaimed projects such as Walt Disney's 'Queen of Katwe'. iZAYA performs his music on stage not as a DJ traditionally would by playing backing tracks over the entire duration of a performance, but rather, his performances are semi-live which means he plays music instruments like guitar, fiddle, drums and a keyboard synthesizer in conjunction to the tracks from his computer that runs Ableton Live. His vision and dream is to export Africa's rich culture to the rest of the world through music

Cultural background

  • Uganda


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Banyan Tree
The banyan tree, also known as the tree of life, is a significant multicultural symbol. Almost wherever it's found, deep meaning is attached to it. It appears in Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam and 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. The banyan tree 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 special touch to the banyan tree story, singing in Hebrew as well as English. Backing track: iZaya, Uganda Vocal melody and flutes: Sandro Friedrich, Switzerland Lyrics in English: Kate Northrop, USA/Switzerland Vocals and additional lyrics in Hebrew: Sharon Ben-Zadok, Israel
19 votes
  • 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
This is a collaboration from three different countries and backgrounds. Its an improvisational instrumental piece that we made.
13 votes
  • Improvisational
  • Instrumental
  • Pop
  • Traditional / Folk
  • Electric piano
  • Drum set
  • Clarinet
  • Duduk
  • Armenia
  • Germany
  • Iran
China Town
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.
4 votes
  • Dance / EDM
  • World
  • Jaw harp
  • Dizi
  • Switzerland
  • Uganda
Sing Love
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.
5 votes
  • African
  • Electronic
  • Religious / Spiritual
  • Singer
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Vocal ensemble
  • Music Box
  • Percussion
  • Tan-tan
  • Central African Republic
  • Uganda


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