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How Rema inspired my music career – Ayra Starr

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Nigerian singer-songwriter, Sarah Aderibigbe, popularly known as Ayra Starr has revealed how Rema, her colleague, played a role in shaping her musical path.

In a recent interview with Capital Xtra, the songstress said Rema motivated her to venture into the music industry even before they became labelmates.

She said his musical achievements at 18 inspired her.

The singer said he always provides honest feedback for her craft and considers him an “amazing artiste” and a source of inspiration.

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“I looked up to Rema even before I joined the label. His first EP, I was like wow this is a Nigerian teenage boy, he was like 18. I was like wow I did not know that was possible. I was like I can do this too,” she said.

“He is very honest with me. I play him every song before it comes out and he is just like hmm I do not know about that one o and if he likes it he is like this one na demo you try. He is an amazing artiste and I am very inspired by him.”

Both artistes have continued to enjoy fame since being signed to Mavin Records, the music label owned by Don Jazzy.

Last year, the songstress denied rumours of being romantically involved with Rema.

In December 2022, Rema opened up about the nature of his relationship with Ayra Starr.

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He said at some point in his career, he could not attend social events or parties without her because “she is a vibe”.

“Ayra is a vibe. There are a lot of times… It got to a point where I just could not go out to parties without Ayra. She is a vibe and she has ginger,” Rema had said.

Ayra Starr released ‘Rush’, a track off her debut album ‘19 & Dangerous’, in September 2022.

The song was nominated in the maiden ‘Best African Music Performance’ category at this year’s Grammy Awards.

The songstress, who had prepared her acceptance speech in case her hit single ‘Rush’ won the maiden ‘Best African Music Performance’ category, however, lost to Tyla, the South African singer.

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Starr recently told the Grammys that her family is proud of her personality.

Ayra Starr became a viral sensation after releasing ‘Bloody Samaritan’, a track off her debut album ‘19 & Dangerous’.

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Nollywood full of evil people – Angela Okorie

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Actress, Angela Okorie, has said that the country’s entertainment industry is filled with evil people.

Okorie, who has been having a running battle with her colleague, Zubby Michael, stated that she would soon reveal all that transpired between them.

In an interview with Saturday Beats, she said, “Zubby did me evil, and he has done it many times. I am going to spill it all soon, so that people can know. A lot of things have been happening in the industry, and if God should open your eyes to see them, you will be shocked. That is why I keep telling people to pray and ask God to open their eyes to see the things happening around them; so they can know who is with them and who is against them.

“We keep hearing of many people dying from one sickness or another. But, most of those sicknesses are actually not the kind that should kill people quickly. But in recent times, if someone mentions that they are sick, before long, they would have died.”

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Okorie added that she only depended on God for her protection. She said, “I am protected by God Almighty.”

She also stated that she was aware that some of the people around her who acted as friends had wicked intentions towards her. She said, “Recently, a lot has been happening, and God has been revealing a lot of evil people that have been around me for a long time. Mind you, I have been poisoned before, but because my mission on earth is not done, God won’t let them kill me. Nollywood is a place where people come to showcase their talents, but evil people have turned it to their coven. There are a lot of things that they are doing that are taking innocent lives.”

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Sydney Talker calls for support as singer Khaid battles illness

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Nigerian comedian and social media influencer Sydney Talker has urged support and prayers for the ailing singer, Khaid.

The young rapper was rushed to the hospital due to complications from internal bleeding.

Videos circulating online depicted the singer being transported into a hospital room, surrounded by medical staff.

Taking to the popular micro-blogging platform X, Sydney Talker reached out to his followers, appealing for prayers for Khaid‘s recovery.

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Despite not providing any specific updates on the singer’s condition, Sydney emphasized the importance of collective prayers.

“Let’s pray for Khaid. He needs our prayers right now,” Sydney tweeted.

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Davido launches Nine+ Records with UnitedMasters

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Grammy-nominee, David Adeleke popularly known as Davido, has partnered with a US distribution company, UnitedMasters, to launch a new label, Nine+ Records.

According to DMW label boss in an interview with Billboard, he aims to expand the label beyond Afrobeats to reach global audiences.

Davido also cited his passion for nurturing emerging talent and addressing the challenges of young artistes in the music industry as motivations for the partnership.

“Oh yeah, everything. R&B, trap, etc. Obviously, I am going to start in Africa, but I can see us going all the way,” he said.

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“There is one thing that I will always love, which is nurturing new talent…Sometimes, you do not have anybody to advise you on how to move and get good paperwork done.

“I just felt like that was one thing Steve Stoute represents, and that is helping the artistes and making sure they know the best option when it comes to business.”

The news of the partnership was also shared by United Masters via their official Instagram page in what they termed a “groundbreaking collaboration with Davido”.

In the press release, United Masters called the partnership transformative for the African music industry that will see one of the continent’s most influential figures propel the careers of emerging artists to unprecedented heights.

Although Nine+ Records has not yet unveiled any artistes, Steve Stoute, chief executive of UnitedMasters, disclosed that his inspiration for the label emerged during the 2023 UnitedMasters SelectCon, where he and Davido forged a connection.

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The music executive also emphasised his commitment to empowering Davido and the label’s future endeavors.

“We are here to bring that structure and funding so he can do what he has to do,” he said.

“If I can get him in the room with the producers and the artistes, and I can get it out the room, that is my job. To get in the room and to get out.”

Davido established DMW, his music label, in April 2016.

The label has served as home to music talents such as Mayorkun, Peruzzi, and Dremo.

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In March, Davido rebranded his label to DMW 2.0 and unveiled two new artistes — Morravey and Logos Olori.

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