“John K-ay” /dʒɒn/ /k-ay/ was born as Jean Marie Ndayishimiye on 3rd July 1992 In a small country known as Heart of Africa, Burundi. If you were about to read the history of his country in a schoolbook, you would see repeatedly words like war-torn, genocide, massacre, improvement and sanctions. Regardless all the turmoil that has plagued his country since 1962, for him to be born on its central hills side surrounded by his family was like utopia.
John K-ay left his loved country Burundi 2 Years after he was born and spend 11 Years in Tanzania refugee camps. He's father decided to seek a second option for his kids to study and have a better life, so they migrated to Australia in 2008. John K-ay landed at Sydney Airport March 1st 2008. 3 Years Later, He started realizing that everything he couldn’t do in the refugee camp is Possible here. Then he wrote and played a film called “NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE”. About a young rebellious boy called Dave (John K-ay), takes drugs, smokes and doesn’t like school. He acts outlaw with his friends. The films shows outcomes of this after his young sister became successful. He sold out 200 copies to the African community, Reached 20.000 views on Youtube in 2012 – 2013, and then he became the most known African Artist.
2014 He wrote a Beautiful song “I Love You Mum” Dedicated to his mother and all the mothers around the world. He wrote the song to thank his mother because she gave birth to him at home, there were no hospitals and war had just started, He was born sick, He couldn’t cry, eat or drink anything; His mother had no car or even a bicycle, she travelled states to states to find a doctor by foot. She didn’t give up on him although everyone kept saying, “He is gone”. She cried over and over again but for the love she had for him, it was unspeakable. John K-ay decided to do the song for her. This hit 227.000 views on his Facebook page, 10.000 Video Likes & 3.400 Shares, after 3 months it’s released. It is also available on Vevo.
August 15, 2015, John K-ay is holding a Premier for his short films “Silent Sufferers” & “Restoring Hope”. “Silent sufferers” This film tells a harrowing story of a young woman’s struggle with death and abuse. It is the story of a young Australian girl who loses both parents and is forced to live with her abusive uncle. She is a prisoner in her own life. With none to turn to and a seemingly endless cycle of abuse ahead of her, how will she gain the strength to survive? “Restoring Hope” A film that focuses on one man’s struggle to return meaning to his life after he has lost everything. Mr. Harrison is a successful and happy high school Teacher. He is well-liked by his students and the community. However, one day his whole life is turned upside down by a single accident. This film depicts his struggle and shows how important it is to persevere in the face of adversity.
This premier will be held at the Longuevue, John K-ay films are now supported by Norma Needham, MECA (Mount Druit Ethnic Community Agency), Great Life Studio, MTD & AAO Magazine.
John K-ay recently gave a speech to Warrawong High School open day for all the Intensive English Classes where he attended in 2008 for English classes, and he said to the students “If you have a dream, You want to be a doctor, a teacher, a Nurse, a plumber or even an artist like me, Do not let anyone tell you, you can’t do it. Because you can! Try and don’t give up, Nothing is impossible” Quotes his movie as well.
Name: John K-ay
Lives in: Sydney, Australia
Occupation: Actor, Director and Singer