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

Popular songstress, Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe known by her stage name, Ayra Starr, has revealed that her record label boss, Don Jazzy signed her within three days.

The ‘Sabi’ crooner opened up on how she got a record deal with Mavin Records after doing a cover and sharing it on social media.

Don Jazzy signed me three days after seeing my video - Ayra Starr

Ayra Starr said her mother redirected her passion from modelling to music, and she was always encouraging her to do song covers.

She said: “I wanted to do modelling 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.

It’s because of her that I’m here now. It’s because of that 16-year-old girl that 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.”

The singer further stated that she does not really get bothered by gaze from either male or female fans in public placs.

The Mavin Princess 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 really care about aesthetics, it’s more about how I feel. I’m not really bothered about the male, 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 in spite of 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.”