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“Don Jazzy signed me 3 days after seeing my video” – Ayra Starr

Renowned Nigerian vocalist Ayra Starr has revealed that her record label boss, Don Jazzy, signed her to a contract within three days.

The “Sabi” crooner talked about how doing a cover song on social media helped her get a record deal with Mavin Records.

According to Ayra Starr, her mother encouraged her to do song covers and changed her priorities from modeling to music.

“I wanted to do modeling because everyone told me I couldn’t do it like I’m not tall enough, and I told them, “Watch me.” And I ended up doing it. When I look back, I’m so proud of little Ayra, too.

Ayra Starr, Nigerian artist. source: Google

It’s because of her that I’m here now. It’s because of that 16-year-old girl who didn’t give up and kept going. I used to do cover [songs] on Instagram. My mum and her friends used to force me to do covers.

I uploaded one cover on Instagram, I didn’t even like the video. But something just kept telling me to post it and I did. Not up to 6 hours later, Don Jazzy reached out. Three days later, he signed me.”

She added;“I’m an artiste to the core, and I want my style, my hair, my music, to represent how I feel. I don’t care about aesthetics, it’s more about how I feel. I’m not bothered about the male, or female gaze, or anybody’s gaze for that matter, except my own.

I’ve always had a mind of my own. Growing up in different places, in different cultures, has shaped my mind. And despite all these influences, I’m still myself. I wrote “Asé” when I was 15 — I had no business writing that song. So that gives you a glimpse of the kind of mindset I had at a young age.”

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