Born in Cotonou and raised between Bénin and Lagos in Nigeria,19-year-old Ayra Starr has always had musical ambition. Spending her adolescence listening to Nicki Minaj as a distraction from school bullies, she laid the foundations for her career first in modelling, signing to Quove Model Management. Soon after, she started exercising her musical capabilities by posting covers online, favouring the likes of Andra Day and 2Baba.
Since then, she’s been carefully crafting her sound and developing her fan base (her Instagram following currently stands at 579k fans and counting!) with 2021 being a big year for the rising musician. Back in January she dropped her eponymous EP, which garnered interest from music outlets and fans alike, before following up with her debut album 19 & Dangerous in August, which has been met with widespread acclaim.
As she still revels in the success of her debut, the singer offers HUNGER five tracks form Nigerian artists that she can’t stop listening to right now.
“POP SHIT” by SGaWd
I love her sound especially how she does the type of music she does, being able to infuse her Nigerian roots into her music is quite fascinating.
“Corner” by Lady Donli
Lady Donli has broken out of a stereotype which is quite evident in her music, I love that.
“Gone Girl” by Obongjayar
I love how he embraces Afrobeats and even adds his own unique spice to it.
“Clocks” by Johnny Drille
Johnny is literally a breath of fresh air who has found balance and comfort in his sound. He is a genius writer, singer, producer and sound engineer – such a powerhouse.
“Adua” by Liya
I’m in love with the way she infuses Yoruba language in her songs, makes the language sound even sexier and drives the message behind her song home.