Why Rihanna is my greatest inspiration – Ayra Starr

Nigerian music sensation, Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe, also known as Ayra Starr, has revealed that American-Barbadian singer, Rihanna is her “greatest inspiration.”

She stated an in an interview with Rolling Stone that Rihanna is her ‘Anti’ is timeless and the greatest album ever made, and she listens to it repeatedly.

Rihanna is my greatest inspiration - Ayra Starr

Ayra Starr said she picked a valuable lesson from the album, which is to come to terms with the fact that being oneself and accepting certain disappointments is okay as everything will not work out.

She said; “Rihanna’s ‘Anti’ is the album I can put on repeat for life. I love Rihanna. She is my greatest inspiration. She is my matriarch. She is my queen. Her album ‘Anti’ is timeless. I listen to it always. The more I listen to it, the more I understand it. I love it so much.

“What I heard from Rihanna is being myself, understanding myself; whatever works for me is fine, some things don’t work for me, it’s fine. I’m just going to be myself in every situation.”

Meanwhile, in related news…

Award-winning French disc jockey, David Guetta says he sees budding Nigerian singer, Ayra Starr as the new version of Grammy winning musician, Rihanna.

The music producer said Ayra Starr’s music and vibe is unique, with the potential to appeal to audiences around the world.

David Guetta recently worked with the Mavin Records act and American rapper Lil Durk on his latest song, titled ‘Big Fu.’

Speaking in a recent interview with Cool FM Nigeria, Lagos, via Skype, he said everybody in Paris has been talking about their song since it was released weeks ago.

Guetta said; “When people speak about Ayra Starr in the [music] industry, a lot of us see her as the new Rihanna. Because she comes with her vibe that is very specific because of where she’s coming from. But she has the potential of crossing over into different cultures.

“Since we recorded, she is having even more hits. It’s crazzy. 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 everyday. Last time I saw it was working with Akon.’”