Ayra Starr

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Ayra Starr is a Beninese/Nigerian singer who radiates confidence & style. A female artist who penetrates her truth through the music. Strong and assertive, she has carried her self-belief a long way.

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Ayra Starr


Singer, songwriter, and model, Ayra's style is Afrobeat/Pop. Early Life Her real name is Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe. She was born in the fishing village of Cotonou Benin and later relocated with her parents to Lagos, Nigeria. In Ayra's family home, many of the females were singers. In primary school, Ayra and her brother would write songs, and as of today, they are a co-writing team. While at school, she experienced bullying, which triggered her to write a song about war. Her musical inspirations were afrobeat artists Nicki Minaj and the late Eartha Kitt. As her education finished, Ayra launched herself into performing cover songs. Her first performance was singing "Jorja Smith's don't watch me cry," for which she received a well-received response. Career At 18, after being spotted by "Quove modeling," she began working as a model. On the side, with music in her heart, she would post cover songs on the internet. As her confidence flourished, she followed up with an original song called "Damaged," which caught the attention of one of Nigeria's hottest producers "Don Jazzy." After meeting the producer at his studio, he expressed his belief in her talent, stating he was happy to sign her to his label "Mavin Records." The next day, she went into the studio and recorded five songs. As an artist, Ayra records music when she is experiencing emotions; it brings the best of her expression. In 2021 she released her self-titled EP, which peaked on the Apple music charts in various African countries. The same year she put out her debut album. "19 & Dangerous". "Bloody Samaritan" was the single off the album, which reached the no:1 spot on Nigeria's "Turntable charts. Arya Starr carries all the strengths of an artist who will rise to any musical challenge. In December 2021, she received a nomination for "best newcomer at the 8th African Muzik Magazine awards".