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Ayra Starr Is The New Rihanna – David Guetta

Renowned French Disc Jockey and record producer, David Guetta, has asserted that the music industries in London and Los Angeles view Nigerian Afrobeats singer, Ayra Starr as the emerging American icon, Rihanna.

New Telegraph recalls that in 2021, Ayra Starr achieved mainstream recognition with her debut extended play and its hit track “Away.”

Speaking in a recent interview with Cool FM Nigeria, Guetta praised Ayra for her uniqueness and cultural background.

He showered encomium on the sensational singer,  for transcending various cultures with her music, acknowledging her rising success and growing popularity.


He said, “When people speak about Ayra Starr in the (music) industry, like LA (Los Angeles) people and London people, a lot of us see her as the new Rihanna. Because she comes with a vibe that is very specific because of where she’s coming from. But she has the potential of crossing over into different cultures,”

According to the DJ, Ayra’s unique musical style is beyond just singing, he highlighted on her originality in captivating a worldwide audience.

“This is the power when you have something new to say, but at the same time, you have more than just that originality; I see this in her.”

Guetta, who collaborated with Ayra Starr and American rapper, Lil Durk on the track ‘Big Fu,’ highlighted her international appeal, drawing parallels to the last time he witnessed such global recognition with Akon.

He said, “Since we recorded, she is having even more hits. It’s crazy. I’m French. I was in Paris, and everyone was talking about her. I was shocked, like, ‘This is amazing’.

“An African artiste that’s killing it in Europe, killing it in the U.S.—it’s not every day. Last time I saw this, I was working with Akon.’”

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