Multi-Platinum, Malian-born French artist Aya Nakamura shares her new album AYAtoday via Rec. 118/Warner Music; stream/share HERE. The record features British rap stars Stormzy and Ms Banks as well as rising French-Malagasy artist OBOY. Stream standout track “Tchop” HERE.Aya unveiled the record’s debut single, the platinum hit “Jolie Nana” (“Pretty Girl”), this past summer and on October 9, she shared the second cut from the album—the Afropop anthem “Doudou,” teaming with Parisian hitmakers Le Side and showcasing her Afro and Naija influences.
The Guardian praised it as a “French Afropop banger.”Aya’s last album, 2018’s NAKAMURA, has surpassed one million album sales worldwide and 3.5 billion streams globally, bridging Europe, Africa and Latin America. The record earned Aya ten certified singles, propelled by the French #1 hit “Djadja,” which was celebrated with remixes in German (with Loredana), English (with Afro B.) and recently Spanish with Colombian superstar Maluma. “Pookie” also prompted a multi-platinum hit version in Italy with rap star Capo Plaza.At only 25 years old, Aya Nakamura has already claimed her role as one of the most important figures in contemporary French music.
Born Aya Danioko in Bamako, Mali in 1995, she later took the stage name Nakamura after the character Hiro Nakamura from NBC’s popular series Heroes. She developed her unique style of lyrics that blends the use of Parisian argot, Arabic and Bambara, the Malian language of her parents, as well as bringing a fresh take on Afrobeat, Pop, R&B and the Caribbean dance sounds of Zouk.
Named “One of the most important acts in Europe now, musically and socially” by The New York Times, Aya is now the most streamed Francophone singer worldwide. Having just crossed the 2 billion views mark on her YouTube channel and an all-time high of over 18 million Spotify monthly listeners this October, she was noticeably named among the Forbes “30 Under 30” last year and earned a BET Awards “Best International Act” nomination in 2019.Aya Nakamura—AYA1. Plus Jamais feat. Stormzy2. Tchop3. DouDou4. Jolie Nana
5. Fly6. Biff7. Sentiments Grandissants
8. Love de Moi
9. Ça Blesse
10. Mon Chéri
13. La Machine
14. Mon Lossa feat. Ms Banks
15. Préféré feat. OBOY