Although Tems is the new African female megastar, others in the radius who could ascend the throne include Beninese-Nigerian singer Ayra Starr and Ghana’s Gyakie.
The explosive Nigerian Afro-Pop singer, songwriter and model hugged the limelight with her self-titled EP and the single ‘Away’. It helped that on the wings of ‘Bloody Samaritan’, she tasted even more success.
The 19 & Dangerous album has since bagged millions of global streams.
Ayra Starr Background
The Nigerian songbird, born Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe, knew early on that music was going to be part of her journey as she had an aunt who was a rapper in the day and had groomed them through assignments to write lyrics on issues.
Her parents themselves were musically inclined although her mum insisted she secured her first degree before taking to music commercially.
As it turned out, her career would start at 18 having secured a degree in International Relations and Political Science from a three-year course she did in Benin Republic. This she informed Nairobi News was thanks to her taking the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) exams of secondary students for private candidates which she aced before even completing her secondary schooling.
Although another degree is desired Ayra Starr now 20 explained her plate is currently full as she takes piano, French and music lessons to better hone her craft.
Her gratitude goes Don Jazzy, CEO of Mavin Records as he pushed for the release of ‘Away’ even when she was shaky and unsure of the public reception.
Ayra Starr wants her music to be played everywhere including birthday parties as well as have some of those undisputed African hits that’s enjoyed across various African states very much like ‘Sweet Mother’ by Cameroonian star Prince Nico Mbarga.
Ayra Starr very keeps an eye on the ball aided by her brother who is her videographer and a younger sister who is her personal assistant.
The Prophesy about Ayra Starr
Before the fame and wealth, Ayra Starr’s mathematics teacher in secondary school predicted that Don Jazzy’s Mavin record label would sign her. This was when she was 14, 4 good years before her 18th year when her professional career was ignited.
She informed Joey Akan of ‘Afrobeats Intelligence’ fame that the teacher’s resolute trust in her singing abilities pushed her to join the choir and improve her singing.
That teacher again urged her to share her videos online for people to see and as fate would have it, Don Jazzy saw what the teacher had seen and initiated contact leading to a meet-up and signing to the label.
Of that experience, Ayra Starr submitted: “I have a teacher that literally inspired me. He said I was going to be signed to Mavin. It’s crazy. I was 14 then, and he said, ‘Mavin is going to sign you. Start making videos.’ He would just inspire me. He was even Muslim, but he would tell me to go to church and join the choir. He was my math teacher.”
by michael eli dokosi/www.blakkpepper.net