Iya ingi

Iya ingi

Chandler, Arizona, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2002

Chandler, Arizona, United States
Established on Jan, 2002
Solo World Reggae




This band has no press


Still working on that hot first release.



Yilmie “Iya Ingi” Williams holds the banner of Ethiopia high

in all that he does with added power coming from his name,

a play on the word Nya Bingi. Iya Ingi was born in Mona Common,

Kingston Jamaica in 1979; He is the last of three brothers and two sisters. He knew from an early age what his future had in store for him, the artist describing

himself as a, "Liberal Ethiopian fighting to defend Ethiopian sovereignty." Iya's father repatriated to Ethiopia in 1994 when Iya was 14 years old.

He witnessed his father playing an active role in the Twelve Tribes of Israel, this combination of experiences setting the seeds for Iya's future path in music.

Iya Ingi journey began experiencing events held by world renowned soundsystem Jah Love, his passion for communicating strong messages through sound beginning during this period and continuing throughout his time at high school.


 While working as parking supervisor at a jewelry store he began writing his own lyrics, the empty store he spent his evenings in providing him with the solitude required

to focus on his flow. In 1999 he practiced with the Aluta Continua band where he honed his skills to the perfection it is today and consequently lead him

to win the 2003 & 2004 University of the West Indies Chancellor Hall Pre-spectrum song contest where he won the opportunity to be the opening act

at the 2003 & 2004 Spectrum concert held at the University Students Union. His performance has grown with his first three shows:

The Marcus Garvey Birthday Celebration in New Haven Kingston, The Songs of Salvation Showcase in Clarendon

& the Aluta Continua Bob Marley Birthday Celebration at Back Yard in Kingston. Under his belt are numerous performances locally and overseas, to mention a few

he made good impressions at Sizzla Kalonji's Rise to the Occasion in 2006 and returned to numerous encore performances in 2007.

Iya Ingi take great inspiration from his Mother, Murlene Francis (Delce), Father Algernon Williams (Asher), Haile Selassie I, Incient Iata I

& his children, Akil, Ikado, Ikila and Yilmie Jr.

He is also inspired by Ital Nature, which sustains life and Ital livity.

His influences are Bounty Hunter, Sizzla, Moses I, Jah Cure & Kulcha Knox, all of whom he sees himself working with in the future.

His singles "Foundation" & "Show Love" are currently receiving lots of air play on both local & international radio stations, HD videos are directed by Cyber-Leaf Ent.

Iya Ingi is presently spending most of his time composing & writing

Iya's focus will remain the same, to teach the world about Ethiopia as he takes his role seriously as an I-thiopian Muzikal Ambassador.

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