Ayat Maqwam Salis, better known by his stage name Kirani Ayat, is a Ghanaian musician, rapper, singer and producer. Kirani Ayat grew up in Madina, a suburb of Accra, Ghana. He first attended Madina Islamic JHS, where he completed his Junior Secondary School level education.
He then gained admission into West Africa Secondary School for his secondary level education, where he started pursuing a professional musical career with the moniker “Mr. Ayat”, before rebranding to “Billy Banger”
Kirani Ayat started his music professionally as Mr. Ayat in 2008 and later rebranded to “Billy Banger” in 2010 that period, where he recorded and released several mixtapes, which made a little impact locally.
In 2011, as “Billy Banger” he recorded and released “ain’t easy”, a hip-hop/RnB song which had an honourable mention in the Hip-hop category at the 2011 International Songwriting Competition out of over 17,000 entries. Kirani Ayat’s hit records include “Kudi”, “I Don’t Know You (IDKY)”, “Play For Keeps (SOYAYA)” and “Dodo”.
Just after Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo shared the post, Ghanaian musician, Kirani Ayat, accused Akufo-Addo of using graphical excerpts in his music video to promote his tourism agenda without his permission.
According to Ayat, this was after the ministry failed to heed his [Kirani Ayat] plea to use the song ‘GUDA’ to endorse tourism in the North.