Ayanda Sikade was born in the year 1981 on the 1st of January, he’s the third born in the family of seven kids. Sikade got love of music at the tender age of seven by the time he was eight he had already started what was to be his long journey in music. At the age of ten Ayanda was a full time jazz band drummer which was called Vuka Jazz band from Mdantsane township in East London where he was born. In 1996 he attended the Grahamstown Youth Jazz Festival where he was selected to represent South African Youth Jazz in Sweden even though the trip never came to pass. He met Darius Brubeck in 1999 at the Grahamstown Youth Festival and Darius invited Ayanda to join the University of Natal jazz programme.