Ayra Starr enjoyed an amazing year last year and has had one of the most impressive come-ups of a new artist in the Nigerian music scene. Even though BNXN fka Buju managed to snag the Next Rated Award at this year’s Headies, Ayra Starr was nominated in 7 other categories and she won the Viewers Choice Award with her song Bloody Samaritan.
2022 has also been a good year for Ayra. Not only has she been on the road taking her sound to different corners of the globe, the self-proclaimed Celestial Being and Sabi Girl has also enjoyed a year of excellent collaborations. She hopped on the re-upped version of Mavin counterpart Magixx’s hit single Love Don’t Cost A Dime. She featured in L.A.X’s single Options which premiered in February.
She was also tapped by Iyanya on his new single Call that came out in March. In April, May and June she went on to be a part of NATIVE Sound System’s boisterous single Runaway which also featured Lojay, she answered Platoon’s call to come on the African Lullabies Part 2 project, she featured on the Mavins all-star single Overloading (Overdose), and she also got her own COLORS SHOW where she performed the sizzling Ase.
Ayra’s success is definitely indisputable as she’s become one of the beacons for the future of the Nigerian music industry. Just months ago Ayra Starr was the latest addition to the Spotify Global RADAR playlist and now we get to see the mini-documentary she features in on the RADAR platform. “Ever since I was a child, I just knew that it was just going to be one day. It was just going to be one thing that would change my whole life,” she says as the documentary kicks off.
In the family-oriented Spotify RADAR documentary, Ayra Starr discusses her childhood and her conviction on being an artist when she grows up. She’s surrounded by her siblings on vacation as they recount her early days as a young singer. She explains how growing up in three different cities: Abuja, Lagos, and Cotonou, has played into what her sound is and is becoming. She talks about her first time on Mavin grounds and what that was like for her.
Over the course of the rest of the mini-doc, she touches on a variety of topics, ranging from her days in the university as a 15-year-old to falling in love with performing and adopting it as a way to spread her sound across borders and grow as an artist and a person. She also caught up with Billboard to talk about the RADAR spotlight, releasing her first single off the deluxe version of 19 & Dangerous and learning more about herself at age 20.
Check out the full RADAR mini-doc below: