Joseph Haule was born on December 29, 1975) in Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania. During the early years of his career as an artist, he used a stage name; Nigga Jay. Later on his fans, considering the kind of music he is making (conscious Hip-Hop) they decided to call him Professor Jay, the name he has used since then.
As an artist, Professor Jay, islargely considered by many as one of the true pioneers of what is now known as “Bongo Fleva” which is a genre of music that mixes elements from Western Hip Hop and the Tanzanian tradition. ((Including Swahililyrics as well as an activist attitude towards Tanzanian social issues such as HIV/AIDS, wealth, inequality, and political corruption).
When in school, Professor Jay, was a pure comedian. He was the kind of guy that would make everyone around him laugh all the time. In fact, many thought he would later make a career as a Comedian. However, apart from comics, he was also rhyming, writing and performing at different events and functions.
His breakthrough came on 1999 when as a member of the group Hard Blasters; he was a solo Rapper in their hit single “Chemsha Bongo” (then he used stage name Nigga J) from their first album, “Funga Kazi”. Only one year later, they won the title of best hip-hop group in Tanzania
That hit single, Chemsha Bongo, is credited to be the song that changed the mindset and perspective of many (especially parents)towards the“new generation music” which, in the beginning, was considered and associated with violence, unethical behaviors and gangsters and hence a misconception that such music was only fit for young fellows from the poor tough neighborhoods. Chemsha Bongo made parents not only started paying attention to the “new generation music” but also allowing them to become part of the “new generation music” movement.
In 2001, Professor Jay decided to go solo. During his solo career so far he has released a number of hits, including “Nikusaidiaje” and “Zali la Mentali (feat Juma Nature)”. Other songs released by Professor Jay include “Piga Makofi” and “Yataka Moyo” and politically conscious songs such as “Ndio Mzee” in which he imitatesan elder politician and ridicules the fake promises they all mindlessly spew as they are trying to get elected. The song continues with a chorus saying the words “Ndio Mzee” which means “Yes Elder”.
Other hit songs from Professor Jay includes; Nimeamini (featuring Lady Jaydee), Inatosha (featuring Sugu), Vuta Raha (featuring Ferooz), Border kwa border (featuring Nazizi), Heka Heka za Star, Interlude, J.O.S.E.P.H., Nisamehe (featuring Banana), Wapi Nimekosea, Una, Hakuna Noma, Jina Langu, Bongo Dar es Salaam, Piga Makofi, Msinitenge, Sio Mzee, Zali la Mentali, Ndivyo Sivyo, Mtazamo (featuring Afande Sele and Solo Thang), Hapo SawaProfessor Jay is featured on Nonini’s song “Kumekucha”
In the span of almost 20 years as a performing artist, Professor Jay, has performed in the following countries; United States Of America (USA), Canada, United Kingdom (UK), Switzerland, The Netherlands (Holland), Sweden, Norway, Germany, Greece, Belgium, India, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya.
Machozi Jasho na Damu 2001
Mapinduzi Halisi 2003
Aluta Continua 2008
1995- Best Hip Hop Group in Tanzania (With Hard Blasters)
2001 Guinness Best Of The Season Awards-Best Hip Hop Artist
2002 TANGO Good Governance Awards (Motivation through Song: Ndio Mzee)
2002 Kilimanjaro Music Awards- Best Hip Hop Single (Ndio Mzee)
2002 Ijumaa Awards-Best Hip Hop Artist
2002 Mzumbe University Talent Competition Awards-Best Promoter
2003 Kilimanjaro Music Awards- Best Composer
2004 Kilimanjaro Music Awards-Best Hip Hop Album (Mapinduzi Halisi)
2004 BBC and Radio One Awards-Best Artist Of The Year
2004 Tanzania Music Awards (Kilimanjaro Music Awards)- Best Hip Hop Album (“Mapinduzi Halisi”)
2006 Tanzania Music Awards – Best Song (Nikusaidiaje)
2006 Kisima Music Awards – Best Tanzanian Song (Nikusaidiaje)
2007 Kisima Music Awards – Best Ugandan Song (Ndivyo Sivyo with Chameleone)
2007 Pearl of Africa Music Awards (PAM Awards) – Best Male Artist (Tanzania)
2008 Tanzania Music Awards – Best Songwriter/Composer
2012 Bab Kubwa Magazine- Best Male Hip Hop Artist Of The Year.
2008 MTV Africa Music Awards – Best Hip Hop Male Artist
2008 Pearl Of Africa Music Awards (PAM Awards)- Best Male Artist
2008 Kilimanjaro Music Awards- Best Hip Hop Single (Hapo Vipi), Best Male Hip Hop Artist, Best Song Writer, Song Of The Year.
2012 Kisima Music Awards- Best East African Artist.
Since 2009 until now, Professor Jay, has been an Official Ambassador for an International campaign to eradicate Malaria (disease) known as “Malaria No More” with its headquarters in New York City, United States Of America (USA).
Currently, Professor Jay is getting ready to release his fifth studio album titled Jaysco Dagama. Some singles from the album have already been released. These include songs such as Kama Ipo (released May 2011), KamiliGado (released December 2011) and Hellow (released August 2011)
Professor Jay is also a Founder & Chairman of Professor Jay Foundation (PJF) a foundation aiming at working with members of communities across Tanzania to tackle some of the daily challenges of their lives such as Poverty and Diseases. Currently, he is involved, through his foundation, with a campaign called Nishike Mkono, which is working with members of communities, from yard to yard in assisting to tackle challenges in Health and Education sectors.