Renowned French DJ and record producer, David Guetta, has highlighted that the music industries in London and Los Angeles view Nigerian sensation, Ayra Starr as the emerging equivalent of the Barbadian-American icon, Rihanna.
He made this known in a recent interview with Cool FM Nigeria. Guetta lauded Ayra, also known as Oyinkansola Aderibigbe, for her distinctive vibe and cultural versatility.
He commended her for transcending various cultures with her music, acknowledging her rising success and growing popularity.
“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,” he said.
Guetta admitted Ayra’s unique musical style is priceless in its ability to captivate global 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.
“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.”
In early 2021, Starr achieved mainstream recognition with her debut extended play and its hit track , ‘Away’.
Recall that the 21-year-old singer, signed with Mavin Records, rose to fame with the release of her debut self-titled extended play (EP), “Ayra Starr,” which was released in January 2021.