April 17, 1988
|Known for||Being Winky D's brother|
Layaan Soulja is the last born in a family of six – five boys and a girl.
Layaan Soulja was born on 17 April 1988.
He attended Rukudzo Primary in Kambuzuma Section 2 before enrolling at Marlborough High for his secondary education.
Layaan Soulja said he attained six subjects at “O” Level but could not proceed with education due to the economic challenges in 2004.
As a musician, Layaan Soulja started recording in 2004 at Black Records in Kambuzuma after finishing his O levels. He managed to record a number of dancehall singles even though they did not make an impact.
As a producer, Layaan Soulja started in 2006 and was largely self-taught even though he went on to perfect his art on the internet.
In an interview with H-Metro, Layaan Soulja said he produced and co-produced 80 percent of Winky D’s tracks. He also produced Igofigo which was the first Zimdancehall album to be voted the Outstanding Album at the National Arts Merit Awards in 2011.
In 2012, Layaan Soulja landed a job with Star FM as a presenter of reggae sessions on Wednesdays between 9 and 10pm with another slot on Saturdays between 8 and 9pm.
On ZBC, Layaan Soulja presented the show Jam Down.
- ‘I’VE produced 80 percent of Winky’s hits’ – LAYAAN, H-Metro, Published: April 11, 2018, Retrieved: July 14, 2021
- Nyasha Kada, Winky D’s young brother Layan joins Star FM, Nehanda Radio, Published: June 30, 2012, Retrieved: July 14, 2021