Nigerian Afropop singer Ayra Starr joined Dadaboy Ehiz on Apple Music 1 to talk about her latest track, the Lojay collab, “Running.” She also discusses the feature-laden deluxe edition of her album, ’19 & Dangerous,’ how it marks the beginning of her next phase—and the one song that gave her goosebumps.
The Big 5
Dadaboy Ehiz shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Azanti, Camidoh feat. Magixx, Seyi Vibez feat. Mayorkun, Nobuhle & Kabza De Small, and Tellaman.
Nigerian singer-songwriter Berri-Tiga is the latest artist featured from Apple Music’s Africa Rising playlist, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars, and this week’s show features his singles, “God,” and the Carterefe collab, “Machala.” Listen HERE.
Dadaboy’s Song of the Week
Each week, Dadaboy Ehiz chooses his favourite track from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week he spotlights Nigerian dancer and media personality Poco Lee and emerging star Hotkid, and their amapiano single, “Otilo (Izz Gone),” from Apple Music’s Chop Life playlist. Listen HERE.
Tune in and listen to the full episode now on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow
Ayra Starr on ’19 & Dangerous’ Deluxe
To be very honest I actually wanted to release another project and not a Deluxe, but I trust my team so much and they made me understand why it was so important to do a ’19 & Dangerous’ Deluxe. ’19 & Dangerous’ is a classic in its own right - it’s a classic album forever, people will talk about it forever - and you know, I should make a Deluxe so I can just close the chapter of my life. We’re entering a new phase now.
I also changed the tracklist in the album so it can make sense. When you listen to ’19 & Dangerous’ it’s kind of a story now, how I went from realising my worth to becoming a spiritual person.
Ayra Starr on ‘Rush’
‘Rush’ is going to be so big. I’ve not made a song that had made me have goosebumps in a long time, since ‘Bloody Samaritan.’ I want to make a song that I will feel content when I leave the studio like “Damn I just made something immaculate,” and that’s what it was with ‘Rush.’ I felt so relieved, I felt like God had used me to create this sound, so ‘Rush’ had to be in the Deluxe no matter what. It had to be there.
Ayra Starr on the new energy of the Deluxe
This definitely still has some celestial energy, but in a way with the Deluxe that everything comes together. My “Baddie Sneh-ism” - I make words myself so don’t come for me! My Baddie Sneh-ism, and my Sability - my ability to Sabi - is shown in this album.