|Birth name||Sibongile Ayanda Sizwesiyanda Jiya|
|Also known as||Ayanda Jiya, AJ|
|Born||18 June 1987|
Klerksdorp, North West, South Africa
|Origin||Johannesburg, South Africa|
Sibongile Ayanda Sizwesiyanda Jiya (born 18 June 1987) known professionally as Ayanda Jiya, is a South African singer, songwriter and record producer, born in Klerksdorp, North West. Ayanda Jiya was under TinismDotc0m in 2010, then left to establish her co-owned label, She is now partnered with Zephbeats Studios. She is best known for her single, "Go Go Girl" (2014), which was nominated for "Best R&B" single at the 14th Metro FM Music Awards.
She released her first EP, V.I.C (Very Intimate Conversations) (2014) which respectively produced the single including "Go Go Girl" and "Wrecking My Brain". The EP was removed from all streaming and digital platforms when she left TinismDotc0m in 2015. In 2017, she met up with Simphiwe Mhlongo known professionally as Zeph/Zephbeats, the co-founder and owner of Zephbeats Studios. They began a partnership and together released Jiya's second EP, To Whom It May Concern.
Life and career
Early life and career beginnings
Ayanda Jiya was born in Klerksdorp, a city in the North West Province. In 2007, she met Wax Lyrikal, a rapper, and they began working together. Later that year, she recorded her first song, entitled "Rescue Me". In 2010, Wax introduced Ayanda to TinismDotc0m. Michael Sathekge and Wax created more beats for her and let her write over them. Later on that year, she released a single titled "Don't Let Me Go" Produced by Wax Lyrikal. That was the official song she had recorded at TinismDotc0m and right after that she wrote another song entitled "1m Grateful" produced by Dotcom. Ayanda Jiya later released another single titled "Happier Alone", from there on continued to work on her EP titled Very Intimate Conversations (V.I.C) which was released in 2014. The lead single "Go Go Girl" granted her a nomination for the 'Best R&B Single' at the 14th Metro Fm Awards. The nomination led to international recognition and in 2016 she was granted to perform in Sri Lanka performing in their Capital City Colombo at their annual Jazz Festival.
Growth and independence
In 2015 Ayanda Jiya parted ways with label, TinismDotc0m and took a break from the music scene. After her two-year break from the music scene Ayanda decided to go independent and start her own record label, "Ayandastand Music". In the same year former label member Ginger Trill, introduced Ayanda to Record Producer/Sound Engineer Simphiwe Mhlongo, known as Zeph/Zephbeats. Zephbeats, who has worked with the likes of Riky Rick, Stogie T and A-Reece joined ventures with Ayandastand Music to form a partnership. Together they worked on Ayanda Jiya's 2nd EP 'To Whom It May Concern', which went Number 1 on iTunes and Google Play. Ayanda's debut project titled 'AYANDASTAND' dropped on 8 August 2019 and debuted at number one on iTunes and Google Play on the day of release. Guest features on the album include Stogie T, Ziyon and Naomi Parchment. The album is musically directed, produced and mixed by Producer/Sound Engineer Zephbeats, who has been working closely with Jiya since 2017.
Ayanda has worked with many South African artists, featuring on Lady Zamar's album King Zamar. She also appears on A-Reece's second studio album From Me to You And Only You, Stogie T's Honey And Pain Mixtape, Flame's CandyMan album, Ralf Gum's Progression album, Ginger Trill's Gang Tapes EP and Sir LSg's Moving Circle album.
|Album Title||Album Details|
|Album Title||Album Details|
|To Whom It May Concern||
Awards and nominations
|2015||14th Metro FM Music Awards||Best R&B Single||Nominated|
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