Born in Benin Republic, West Africa, Ayra Starr was raised between its beach city, Cotonou and the cultural hub of Lagos, Nigeria. This mix of cultures inspires her global approach to music, art and life. The 20-year-old influenced by the earthiness of Angelique Kidjo, Rihanna’s confidence and the edgy aesthetic of emo-pop, explores with her songs topics such as love, relationships, empowerment and freedom.
Her first releases, the eponymous EP and the debut album 19 & Dangerous (2021, were a huge success and the single “Bloody Samaritan”, became the first song by a female solo artist to reach number one in Nigeria’s charts. In 2022 she achieved international recognition with the release of “Rush” that charted in several European countries, including Switzerland, Ireland and the United Kingdom. This captivating single made history in Africa, with Ayra becoming the youngest African female artist to surpass 100 million views on YouTube and the first to do so within five months. Now, millions of fans are waiting for her next move and we’re thrilled to host one of the biggest talents in contemporary music.
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