West African megastar Ira Starr Her exciting musical journey is just beginning, but she continues to captivate more and more people with her progressive sound.
The star’s lyricism has amassed a strong following, and more and more people resonate with her fresh and honest sound, which moves effortlessly between R&B, Afrobeat, Afro-funk and neo-soul.
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Her music, she says, is a story about heartbreak, self-improvement, and breaking stereotypes written in English and her native Yoruba.
The 20-year-old musician entered the music scene in 2021 after being discovered by Mavin Records Founder Don Jazzywho found a post of her singing an original song, on Damaged Instagram.
In recent months, the star has been the face of Spotify’s Radar Africa, a playlist of new releases updated every Friday.
The West African artist has broken boundaries by appearing on the streaming platform’s international Radar, a roster of artists from around the world.
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She sat down with us to talk about her inspiring journey and the impact of joining the biggest music playlists.
What are you most looking forward to as Spotify’s newest RADAR artist?
I’m really looking forward to being discovered by new people who find different meanings in my songs.
As you know, a person needs different things at different times in his life. That’s the role of music. It helps fans connect on a deeper level.
As an artist, it’s a surreal feeling to discover my music and know that there are people who can relate to my lyrics. It’s so beautiful.
I look forward to using RADAR to reach new audiences and share my music on global platforms.
How would you describe your sound to new fans?
For new fans, I would describe my music as soothing, yet intense and soulful.
Who is your biggest musical inspiration?
My biggest musical inspirations are Rihanna, Rijadu Sisters, 2face, Nicki Minaj, etc.
You have a fairly music-oriented family. What impact have they had on your career?
Oh really in almost every aspect. Having a family with a musical background gave me confidence and helped me discover my love for the musical arts.
With their guidance, they encouraged me to pursue my dreams and shared some tips for navigating my career early on.
Growing up in Benin and Lagos and moving with my family must have provided vastly different experiences, from a cultural and personal perspective. What role did it play in your music?
There’s nothing better than having a broad perspective when it comes to making music.
Coming from a family deeply rooted in different cultures has given me the opportunity to see the world through multiple lenses, which has contributed to my sound.
What message do you want your music to convey to listeners?
I think that the music conveys that it is not scary to spread your wings wide, and I would like the listeners to feel that way as well. Bet on yourself, never back down and keep going.
Do you have any advice for other up-and-coming artists?
Know who you are, know your worth, and act respectfully but unapologetically.
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