Ayanda Jiya is a sultry singer and songwriter from the North West Province in South Africa. She was born in small town called Klerksdorp back in 1987. Musically she is influenced by a lot of genres she grew up listening to, mostly Gospel, Jazz, Neo Soul and RnB. With a family who supported her talent, she was nurtured in the comfort of her own home to become a musician and an exceptional songwriter.
Working as an Indie Artist, not signed to any major label, Ayanda has worked hard not only to create and produce great music, but also to build her brand. She currently boast 234 000 fans on Facebook, 55 000 on Instagram, 38500 Twitter followers and 6640 YouTube subscribers. The songstress was nominated for “Best RnB Single” at the Metro FM Awards in 2015 for her hit song “Go Go Girl”. Now Ayanda has gone independent and is recognised internationally. In 2016 she was granted to perform in Sri Lanka’s capital city Colombo, at their Annual Jazz Festival. She released her second EP “To Whom It May Concern” on the 8th of June 2017. It hit number 1 in its first week of release on both iTunes and Google Play. Her first single “I’m Doing Fine” and second single “Outta Control” were on rotation on all national radio stations. In 2021 she was nominated at the South African Music Awards (SAMAs) for best music video. Also in 2021 she won the Award for National Soul/Rnb Artist of the Year at the African Social Entertainment Awards.
Ayanda finally released her highly anticipated debut album, simply titled “AYANDASTAND”, on the 8th of August 2019. It debuted at number one on iTunes and Google Play. She teamed up with Areece for her first single “Falling For You”, that dropped on the 14th February 2019. Her current single “The Sun” charted at number 2 across all radio stations in South Africa. Guest features on AYANDASTAND includes Stogie T, Ziyon and Naomi Parchment (USA). In 2020 she was selected as part of SA delegation to attend SXSW in Austin, Texas, USA. Unfortunately the event was cancelled due to the Corona virus pandemic outbreak. She was also set to open for the Multi Grammy nominated and BET and ASACP Awards winner, Musiq Soulchild on his South African tour - this was postponed due to the Corona virus pandemic. More is still expected of this amazing young talent, dubbed South Africa's rising queen of RnB/Soul.