I recorded five songs first day I met Don Jazzy - Ayra Starr


Don Jazzy and Ayra Starr

By Taiwo Okanlawon

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe, popularly known as Ayra Starr, has revealed how she recorded five songs the first day he met her record label boss, Don Jazzy.

Starr who recently dropped her album ‘The Year I Turned 21’ boasted about achieving stardom at a young age.

The singer said since she gained prominence with her eponymous debut EP and first full-length project ’19 & Dangerous’ in 2021, her music has been evolving.

She emphasised that she grew up in the spotlight.

Appearing on Visa’s ‘Music Talks,’ Ayra Starr said, “My first single blew up in Africa and I was overwhelmed. I got to grow up in front of everyone. We need to allow artistes grow and find themselves. So I don’t even know if this is my final form yet, but I don’t think there’s any such thing as a final form. I don’t think so.

“I think there’s eras and times and you just become better. This is the vibe now with Ayra Starr, it might not be there next year. It might be better, it might be bigger.”

On her global acceptance, Starr said, “Different people from different parts of the world love my music. My voice is kind of my sound. I bring the Afrobeats to every genre I enter.”

She disclosed that she recorded five songs during her first meeting with Don Jazzy, who later signed her to Mavin Records.

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“I recorded five songs the first day I met Don Jazzy. Three of those ended up in my first EP,” she said.

Starr recently unveiled her highly-anticipated sophomore album titled, ‘The Year I Turned 21’, which follows the success of her 2021 debut project, ’19 & Dangerous’.

Ayra Starr became a viral sensation after releasing her hit track ‘Bloody Samaritan’ in 2021.

The same year she released her debut studio album “19 and Dangerous” and it included her other chart-topping songs “Away,” “Rush” and “Bloody Samaritan,” which she later remixed with American singer, Kelly Rowland.

With numerous awards and accolades, Starr has become one of the continent’s fastest-rising artistes.

She was among the Nigerian music stars nominated for this year’s Grammy Awards.

“Rush” earned her a first Grammy nomination in the Best African Music Performance category, making her the youngest Nigerian female artist to be nominated for a Grammy Award in that category.

The music star, however, lost to Tyla, the South African singer.

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