AYAT may not be that Madina kid [South Eastern Accra] with the obscure Hausa HipHop sound anymore. After the Kayso-produced hit single, “I Don’t Know You”, AYAT has gone on to create a very grungy HipHop vibe inspired by the politics that marginalise his community in Madina.
AYAT has built his own sensibilities around the music he wants to share these days. The rapper is spending time writing about the things that represent young people such as the disillusionment of growing up in a system that does not provide paths for your dreams and aspirations.
AYAT is finding his own road, currently working on a collaborative project with his artist/photographer friend Isshaq. It’s a photography and body art series leading up to his new single, “Dodo” [Hausa for monster] .
Matching Adinkra symbols, Egyptian hieroglyphics and abstract strokes, Isshaq found a perfect muse in AYAT.
The idea came about after my little cousins told me ‘ka kama da dodo’ which means ‘you look like a monster’, after watching my performances.
Shot in Madina, the monochrome picture show is said to be inspired by Fela Kuti in this making of a monster sound from Ghana.
Photography by Isshaq