We welcome Iyare to Go Africa Street Festival!
The Go Africa Harlem Street Festival will take place on 07/14/2018 from 10am – 6pm on 116th Street btw. 7th & 8th Aves. please register at : https://goafricaharlem2018.eventbrite.com
or email Info@GoAfricaHarlem.org or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8001
Iyare is an Afrobeats/Afropop/World musician. Iyare is a songwriter, producer, talking drummer/percussionist, and performer.
Iyare was born Owen Egharevba on January 10, 1988 in Brooklyn, NY to a Yoruba mother and Edo father. When Iyare was 5, his father and mother split. Iyare’s mother then became a single parent and his father was in and out of his and his sister’s life. At the age of 6, while Iyare and his sister were in New Jersey for summer vacation with his mother’s cousin, Iyar’s mother visited Nigeria. While in Nigeria, Iyare’s mother had people house sit for her. She then got a call saying that the house was on fire and that Iyare’s sister had passed away from the fire. Iyare heard the news of the fire when he overheard his mother’s cousin on the phone crying about the fire. Iyar’s sister did not pass away from the fire because she was with him in New Jersey. The daughter of the person who was housesitting passed away. When Iyare’s mother came back from Nigeria, the family stayed at their church for a few month’s before moving to the Bronx for a year, and then back to Brooklyn. Iyare’s mother later on remarried. Iyare is the oldest of 4 children.
Iyare developed the passion of music since the tender age of 2 years old and started playing the Nigerian talking drum at the age of 3 years old at his home church. Iyare attended P.S. 304, I.S. 292, and Canarsie High School in Brooklyn. While at P.S. 304, he participated in the school’s orchestra and played the cello.
Iyare graduated High School in 2006 and played football for 3 years. He attended St. Peter’s College from 2006-2010 and graduated with a Bachelor’s of science degree in Marketing. Also an active student, he was on the football team. While in college, Iyare was a member of a rap group called “140 Boyz” after which he ventured off to pursue his own music and have control over his own projects. His mother passed away on September 22, 2010, instilling the passion in him to get back into the studio and create great music influenced by his mother’s favorite singers.
Iyare is the Founder and CEO of Jasba Beats and Productions. He produces and writes his own music and plays almost any type of percussion including talking drum, drum set, conga, etc. Iyare was had the honor and privilege to open and perform with/for Davido, Okyeama Kwame, Bisa Kdei, The Ooni of Ife at the United Nations, Adekunle Gold, Skales, Papoose, Efya, Samini, The Nigerian Day Parade, The African Diaspora Awards, and many others. Iyare is the only Afrobeats artist that plays the Talking Drum in his music.
Iyare’s musical influences include Michael Jackson, King Sunny Ade, Tupac, Fela, Kofo the Wonderman, and Jay-Z just to name a few. In 2013, Iyare released his first song and video titled “E Wa Bamijo” (Dance with me); in Spring of 2014 he went on to produce a hit song and video titled “Peperempe”, featuring Liz the IntnlDiva; which was strongly influenced by his mother. Since then, Owen has released “Marry Me”, “Like Dis, Like Dat”, “African”, “Whine”, “African Girl”, and “Angeli”. All songs can be found on soundcloud.com. His social media handles are: Instagram (its_iyare), Facebook (Iyare), Youtube (Iyare).
Iyare on his spare time mentors middle school boys and prepares them for the transition to high school.
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/iyare/1357452801