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May 5, 2017

ADVANCE WARNING: Tay Iwar

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Written by: Nesiama Esther
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Advance Warning is a journey to discovering new talented acts across the Nigerian Music Scene. Here we forecast the future of Nigerian Centre stage artistes. These are the ones to look out for in the nearest future.


Austin ‘Tay’ Iornongu Iwar,  a Nigerian recording artist, singer, songwriter, composer, audio engineer and music producer. Raised in Lagos and Abuja, he began creating music at age fourteen. After Co-creating Bantu Collective in 2013, Tay released his debut compilation, ‘Passport’, in April 2014. Although it was underpromoted and performed poorly upon its release, the album became a sleeper hit and helped Tay garner commercial standing.

Tay Iwar was born in Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria and lived there for 12 years before moving to F.C.T, Abuja, Nigeria. He is one of three sons born to Nigerian parents. At a young age, Tay was introduced to music by his parents who insisted all his children attend classical music school. His parents musical tastes, including, jazz, soul, blues, reggae and his brother’s interest in hip/hop all influenced Tay at a young age.

At age 10, Tay considered becoming a lawyer. However, at 13 he began playing the guitar and soon realized a career in music was. At 15, he was writing songs and developing ideas with a guitar his father got him. After that, he spent most of his senior high school learning his way around recording and music production before leaving Nigeria to study Audio Engineering.

​If you are wondering why you have not heard the name before it is probably because of his ‘out of Lagos’ presence

An opening set for Asa’s Live In Lagos concert was the perfect contact point for the slightly older audience he aims at to appealing to, which is a much needed addition to his already vibrant Internet fan base. This may seem like a small step now, but it could turn out to be a giant leap in the grand scheme of things for Tay Iwar if he puts his heart to it.

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