Tay Iwar Biography: Age, Net Worth, Family, Parents, Spouse, Album, Sibling, Height, Songs

January 18, 2024 0 Posted By Gift Nworie

Tay Iwar is a Nigerian neo soul singer, songwriter, record producer, composer, and sound engineer. In 2018, he signed a license agreement with Soulection, and in 2022, he signed a publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music.

He and his brothers Suté and Terna Iwar co-founded the Bantu Collective, and he is considered as a pioneer of the Alté music genre.

Iwar is a pioneer of the alt-R&B genre in Nigeria, and his music has been praised for its innovative sound and exploration of social and political issues. He is a rising star in the Nigerian music industry and is sure to continue to make waves in the years to come.


  • Full Name: Austin Iornongu Iwar
  • Stage Name: Tay Iwar
  • Born: June 9, 1997
  • Age: 26 years old
  • Birthplace: Marina, Lagos
  • Nationality: Nigeria
  • Occupation: soul singer, songwriter, record producer
  • Spouse: Single
  • Siblings: Suté Iwar and Terna Iwar
  • Height: 5’11
  • Net worth: $350,000

Early Life

Tay Iwar was born in Marina, Lagos, Nigeria, on June 9, 1997. Austin Iwar and Vivian Iwar are his parents. Suté Iwar, his elder brother, was an early musical influence on him. Austin began making music when he was fourteen, using the digital music software FL Studio. He spoke about his journey at the TED conference in Rivers State in 2015.

Tay Iwar (formerly Tay) made his musical debut with his brother Suté Iwar in 2014. The next year, they established Bantu Collective, an entertainment firm in Abuja specializing in recording and music distribution, and Terna Iwar’s photo studio.

 On April 20, 2014, Iwar released his mixtape Passport via BANTU and launched his music career as Tay on SoundCloud with a cover of Jai Paul’s “Zion Wolf.”

 He was nominated for Favorite Song of the Year at the 4th Nigerian Teens Choice Awards 2015. Renascentia, a seven-track EP featuring Sute Iwar, was released on April 22, 2016.

Iwar released his debut album, Gemini, 2019, to critical acclaim. At the 2019 Headies Awards, the album was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album. He released his Love & Isolation EP in 2021.

Iwar is known for his energetic brand of Afro-fusion, which draws on classic Afrobeat, hip-hop, and alternative R&B. He has received praise for his distinct sound and socially conscious lyrics. Iwar is one of the most exciting new voices in Nigerian music and is sure to make waves in the coming years.


Tay Iwar did not receive any formal music education. He began creating music at age fourteen and taught himself how to play the guitar and piano. He also learned how to produce music using Logic Pro.


He signed a license arrangement with Soulection in 2018 and a publishing agreement with Warner Chappell Music in 2022. He co-founded the Bantu Collective with his brothers Suté and Terna Iwar and is regarded as a pioneer of the Alté music genre.

 Iwar made his music debut in 2014 and 2015 with the critically acclaimed mixtape album Passport, which earned him a nomination in the Favorite Mixtape/EP category of the Nigerian Teens Choice Awards. For the 14th edition of The Headies, he was nominated for Best Male Vocal Performance for the album “Utero.”

On April 13, 2019, Soulection radio broadcast “Diamond” and “Keeps” from GEMINI’s studio album. In 2020, he collaborated with Projexx on Wizkid’s Made in Lagos album, “True Love.” Following the release of the deluxe version on August 27, 2021, he co-wrote “Steady,” which earned him his first nomination for Best Global Music Album at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards.

“A blend of neo-soul, R&B, and Afrobeats,” according to Iwar’s music. His “soulful vocals,” “melodic songwriting,” and “unique production style” have earned him praise. Iwar has performed at major festivals such as Afropunk and The Great Escape and has toured extensively throughout Africa and Europe.

Iwar is an outspoken supporter of social justice and environmental sustainability. He has spoken out against police brutality in Nigeria and has collaborated with the United Nations Environment Programme to raise climate change awareness.

He won his first Grammy nomination for Best World Music Album at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards when the deluxe version was released on August 27, 2021. He co-wrote “System” from Dave’s studio album We’re All Alone in This Together the following year and sang “Special Kinda” on Tiwa Savage’s Water & Garri EP. Tay and Wizkid will perform “Real Love” for the first time in London’s O2 Arena on December 1, 2021.

Award & Nominations

Tay Iwar has been nominated for several awards, including:

  • The Headies Award for Best Vocal Performance (Male) in 2018
  • South African Music Award for Rest of Africa Artist in 2022
  • He was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Global Music Album in 2022 for his work on Wizkid’s “Made in Lagos” album.

In addition to his awards and nominations, Tay Iwar’s music has been praised by critics. The Guardian described him as “one of the most intriguing young voices in Nigerian music,” while The New York Times described him as “a rising star in the field of Afrobeats.”

Social Media

  • Instagram Handle: Tay Iwar (@tayiwar)
  • Twitter handle: Tay Iwar (@TayIwar)
  • Tiktok handle: Tay Iwar (@tayiwar)

Personal Life

Tay Iwar is a private person who does not divulge much about his personal life. He is not married and does not have any children. He is currently residing in Lagos, Nigeria.


Here is the discography of Tay Iwar, a Nigerian neo soul singer, songwriter, record producer, composer, and sound engineer:


  • Gemini 


  • 504 
  • Space 
  • Sugardaddy 
  • Miracle Girl 
  • Diamond 
  • Keeps 
  • Utero 
  • Video Star 
  • True Love (featuring Wizkid and Projexx)
  • Bad4u 
  • 2 Sipping (featuring Cruel Santino)
  • F65 (featuring IDK)


  • Alone (Burna Boy song, produced by Tay Iwar)
  • Steady (Wizkid song, co-written by Tay Iwar)
  • Shining (Pa Salieu song, co-written by Tay Iwar)

Net Worth

Tay Iwar’s net worth is estimated to be around $350,000. This estimate is based on his earnings from his music career and his investments and assets. Tay Iwar is a rising star in the Nigerian music industry, and his net worth is expected to grow.

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