AYA NAKAMURA (MALI)

Aya Nakamura, is a French pop singer of Malian origin. Nakamura was born in Bamako but immigrated to France with her family and grew up in Aulnay-sous-Bois. Coming from a family of griots (West African storytellers, praise singers / poets of oral tradition), she is the oldest of five siblings. She studied fashion at La Courneuve. She later launched into music with the stage name Aya Nakamura, after the character Hiro Nakamura of the NBC Heroes science fiction drama series.

Nakamura published her music online, gaining a following with “Karma” and “J’ai mal”. Dembo Camara, a long-time friend, became her producer and manager. Notably, her song “Brisé”, composed by Christopher Ghenda, garnered 13 million views on YouTube, and a duo with rapper Fababy “Love d’un voyou” resulted in her charting in France. She released her debut album with a number of collaborations. She also had a big concert at the Modibo-Keïta stadium in Bamako, where she opened for the Nigerian star Davido. She is best known for her number one song “Djadja” that has more than 450 million views on YouTube.