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Ayra Starr & Kelly Rowland Connect For Ultra Sultry "Bloody Samaritan" Remix

"I've always been a huge fan of Kelly Rowland, and when this came up, I could barely keep in the excitement," mentions the young Mavin Records star.

Ayra Starr has joined creative forces with Kelly Rowland to create a remix of her "Bloody Samaritan" record. The Mavin Records artist has been putting effort into her craft, and her recent collaboration with Rowland is an indication of her growing musical prowess.

Connecting with Rowland, who is a music icon, is another step in the right direction for the young Afro-pop star. The initial release of "Bloody Samaritan" was a well-received record that amassed over 60 million TikTok views and was also featured on BBC Radio's 1Xtra—the remix is equally as enjoyable. Although it retains the sound of the original song, it has its unique ambiance, which fuses elements of Afrobeats, Afro-pop and smooth R&B.

Starr continues to rise in the global music scene and her recent collaboration with Spotify has the potential to skyrocket the musical influence of the newcomer globally. Artists like Starr are increasingly pushing the envelope as it relates to collaborating with bigger names in the music world, which was something that was not as rampant a few years ago. While discussing the collaboration, Starr shared her excitement about the record and her admiration for Rowland.

"I've always been a huge fan of Kelly Rowland, and when this came up, I could barely keep in the excitement! While recording this, Kelly made me feel so comfortable and relaxed, something I really appreciate," said Starr. "She was super amazing! and I was able to hold my own alongside a legend, and I can't wait to share this new music with you all!"

Although Ayra Starr is one of the youngest artists in the Afro-pop world, she has already been making a solid impression among fans and music analysts. In an NME piece, the publication described Starr as “the teen leading her generation’s sonic revolution.” Her stage presence, confidence, and overall "je ne sais quoi" essence have proven that the Gen-Z pioneer is ready to continue to put her name and genre on the map.

Listen to Ayra Starr and Kelly Rowland's "Bloody Samaritan" remix below!


Watch Ayra Starr's Spirited Music Video For "Rush"

The Mavin Records powerhouse releases an eye-catching music video for her up-tempo single "Rush."

Ayra Starr has released a TG Omori-directed video for her single "Rush." The video itself is a fusion of vibrant hues, balanced with a mix of monochrome schemes. The music video showcases Starr's vast palette for fashion, and even highlights some signature Y2K looks that the singer has become known for.

The visual for "Rush" comes a few weeks after the singer initially released the audio for the single song, which became her first solo single of 2022. The record features several witty punchlines that are almost reminiscent of the type of come-backs that are present in most hip-hop songs, as they underscore the 20-year-old star's presence and effortless confidence.

Starr also addresses haters in the record, and points out that she is focused on her craft and 'Kudi' is her fantasy. 'Kudi' is a word in Hausa language, which is spoken in many West African countries, and directly translates to 'money.' She goes on to say that she is focused and has no time for negative energy by singing:

"Me no getty time for the hate and the bad energy
Got mi mind on my money
Make you dance like Poco Lee
Steady green like broccoli
Steady on my grind, no wan hear what they want telly me
Kudi na my fantasy
Dem wan dey check if my tap e no rush."

A few days ago, Ayra Starr took to Instagram to share a behind-the-scene snippet of the music set, featuring her dancers and one of the most memorable ensembles from the video: an all-black leather get-up and Starr's animated puffer leather jacket.

The Cotonou-born Afrosoul singer has been gaining strong momentum in the music industry and garnering public attention. Spotify recently announced that the singer was its new RADAR Global Artist, and released a short documentary highlighting her story and career trajectory.

Watch Ayra Starr's spirited music video for "Rush" below.

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