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Following ‘Rush’, Africa’s fastest-rising new music star is back with her first solo single of 2023!

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“Sability – the ability to sabi”

With over 820 million global streams and over 467 million YouTube views, Ayra Starr’s meteoric rise puts her firmly as the global Gen Z star to watch! 

Johannesburg, Friday, 10 February 2023 – Africa’s fastest-rising new music star Ayra Starr returns with ‘Sability’, her first solo single of 2023. Charged with her signature unapologetic style and an infectious, rhythmic dance beat; the track is set to become a new global anthem for a generation living life in their own terms. Listen here.

Ayra Starr said: I am here to inspire people to be creative and live their best lives in whatever they do which is why I wanted to make this happy song everyone would relate with. Growing up there were some songs I listened to that I would term ‘happy songs’, I decided to lean towards making a high-vibrational song because I wanted to remind people of their childhood joy, what life was before the troubles, and also to transport them to that moment. ‘Sability’ is a happy song which would definitely take you back memory lane, good memories.”
The new single arrives ahead of Ayra Starr’s UK club tour this month, taking place in London, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and Leicester. For tickets and dates, visit here.


‘Sability’ is the first solo release by Ayra Starr following last year’s monumental viral hit ‘Rush’, which has over 236 million combined streams to date. The music video has racked up over 86 million views in just four months, and has ranked in YouTube’s Top 30 Music Videos for three consecutive months. The song’s international ubiquity has seen it remain in the Top 20 on Shazam’s Global Top 200 chart for three months straight.

‘Rush’ became Ayra Starr’s first solo UK No.1 on the Afrobeats chart and her first release to break into the UK Official Top 100. The single also garnered radio playlist support from BBC 1Xtra (A-List), Capital Xtra, KISS Fresh and more. ‘Rush’ ranked at No.4 on Rolling Stone’s Best Afropop Songs of 2022 list and was even featured on Barack Obama’s annual playlist.

Ayra Starr is rapidly blazing her own path for global domination. Her unique blend of Afropop, R&B and alté styles, with her soulful vocals and anthemic lyrics has seen her tipped by Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, NME, Dazed, No Signal, British Vogue and more. The 20-year old singer-songwriter was recently championed as one of BBC 1Xtra’s Hot for 2023 artists and VEVO’s DSCVR Artist to Watch 2023 – check out her mesmerising VEVO live performances of ‘Rush’ and ‘Bloody Samaritan’.
The past 12 months alone have been marked with incredible career highlights. She launched the Deluxe Edition of her critically-lauded debut album 19 & Dangerous in October, which features ‘Rush’ and GRAMMY Award-winning legend Kelly Rowland on a remix of ‘Bloody Samaritan’. Ayra Starr also collaborated with Stormzy and Wizkid on their respective, heavily anticipated latest albums. With plenty of new music and live performances to come, stay locked in as Ayra Starr takes us on her incredible journey.

“Ayra Starr has quickly become Nigeria’s It girl” – Rolling Stone

“All eyes have been on Ayra Starr… she’s ready to take the world by storm” – Billboard

“Ayra Starr is the cultural phenomenon who she’s always told us she was” – NME

 “With millions around the world falling for her progressive sound, Ayra Starr’s rise is already stratospheric” – Music Week

 “The Afro-pop princess up-ending expectations”CLASH

“With songs as charismatic as this she won’t need divine intervention when it comes to keeping all eyes on her”The FADER
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