Ayra Starr is not possible to ignore. Born in Benin Republic, the 19-year-old was raised between its seashore metropolis, Cotonou and the cultural hub of Lagos, Nigeria.

This mixture of cultures conjures up her international strategy to music, artwork and life.

She’s impressed by the regal earthiness of Angelique Kidjo, Rihanna’s feisty confidence, as nicely as 90s vogue icons, and the edgy aesthetic of emo-pop. 

Spotify announces Ayra Starr as next RADAR Global Artist

Ayra describes her sound as Afrosoul, told in an intoxicating voice that evokes a Gen Z queen-in-waiting. Drawing from influences like basic Yoruba and Beninese music & artists like 2Face and Wande Coal, her music speaks for a era of girls around the world who’re discovering themselves, united by angst and emojis. 

Her energy comes from a close-knit family of music lovers, together with her brother with whom she usually writes songs. This ingrained love of artwork additionally manifests in her pursuits; she enjoys risque tv reveals and has experience as a mannequin.

Spotify announces Ayra Starr as next RADAR Global Artist

She introduced herself to the world on January 22 with an eponymous 5-track EP, which produced the No.1 single, “Away” and spurred viral moments within the UK as nicely. But Ayra Starr’s second will come months after releasing her debut studio album- 19 & Dangerous.

The celestial being’s 2021 was replete with a number of number 1s, unprecedented cosigns, and natural virality- all crescendoing in a MOBO awards nomination in simply under a year of unveiling.

Spotify announces Ayra Starr as next RADAR Global Artist

2022 has proceeded in comparable fashion. Collaborating with a number of artists throughout the continent and that includes on two bestsellers together with her label mates, Ayra continues on her upward trajectory.

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