Aya Nakamura
Background information
Birth nameAya Coco Danioko
Born (1995-05-10) 10 May 1995 (age 25)
Bamako, Mali
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2015–present
Labels

Aya Coco Danioko (French pronunciation: ​[aja nakamuʁa danjɔko]; [1]born 10 May 1995), known by her stage name Aya Nakamura (/ˈə ˌnækəˈmʊərə/, EYENAK-ə-MOOR), is a Malian-born French pop singer.[2] She is best known for her hit song "Djadja" that has more than 700 million views on YouTube.[3]

She was born in Bamako and immigrated to France with her family, growing up in Aulnay-sous-Bois.[4] 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.[2]

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.

Biography

Childhood and youth

Born Aya Coco Danioko in Bamako, Mali on May 10, 1995 from a family of griot (west African storytellers, praise singers/ poets of oral traditions) she is the oldest of five siblings. At an early age, her family came to France and moved to Paris Northern suburbs in Aulnay-sous-Bois. She took the name Nakamura after the character Hiro Nakamura of the NBC science fiction drama series Heroes.

2014-2017: Debut and first success with Journal intime

In 2014, at the age of 19, she released her first single Karma on Facebook. With the help of the producer Seysey, she composed a break-up song, J’ai mal, with a zouk type of melody. The song's video reached more than 1 million YouTube views by that time. An old time friend, Dembo Camara, became her producer and artistic agent.

In 2015, she made the song Brisé with the composer Christopher Ghenda, and the video clip reached 13 M YouTube views. Then she released another song Love d’un Voyou, featuring the rapper Fababy and it received even more support on YouTube.

As a tribute to her cultural heritage and roots, she did a concert at the Modibo-Keïta stadium in Bamako, opening for the American-Nigerian star Davido. And she dedicated a song to one of the most famous Malian singer Oumou Sangaré, who was born in Bamako just like her.

In January 2016, the singer signed a deal with Rec. 118, a label from Warner music France. During the same year, she kept on doing collaborations and she released her second single Super Héros, featuring the rapper Gradur.

On August 25, 2017 she released her debut album named Journal Intime, led by her first Platinum hit, ‘Comportement’.  

The album was certified Platinum in France. On September 23, 2017, she participated to La Nuit du Mali in Bercy organized by the Wati-Boss, Dawala in order to celebrate the Independence Day of Mali in Paris. She shared the stage with Oumou Sangaré and other Malian artists such as Cheick Tidiane Seck, Lassana Hawa or Mokobé among others.[5]

2018-2020: Nakamura

On April 6, 2018, Aya Nakamura released Djadja -  the first extract of her sophomore album - which stayed 2 consecutive weeks at #1 French single charts and was later certified Diamond.[6]

The song quickly became a summer hit in France and soon became an international hit. She became the first French female artist #1 in the Netherlands since Edith Piaf with "Non je ne regrette rien" in 1961.[7]

Djadja was also the first Francophone song since 2009 to reach the n°1 position in the Dutch charts, the last one being Alors on danse from Belgian artist Stromaé.[8]

Djadja then conquered charts and radios all over Europe (Germany, Sweden, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland...)[9][10][11][12][13][14]

The following single Copines released in August 2018 entered #4 in French single charts before climbing to #1 in November 2018, and is also certified Diamond.

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On November 2, 2018, Aya Nakamura released her sophomore album Nakamura. She became the first female artist to charts 7 album tracks in the French top 10 single simultaneously .

Nakamura prompted her second #1 single, Copines.[6]

In January 2019 she won the European Music Moves Talent Award for Best Urban album.[15]

In February 2019 she is Nominee for Song of the Year & Best Urban Album at France Music Awards

In April 2019, she released the video for Pookie, which became the most viewed French video in 2019.[16] It has gained over 150 Million views to date while the song became her third Diamond-certified single.

Those heralded her first sold-out headline tour starting March 2019, including an Olympia Paris Hall sold out in less than 2 hours, followed by a Zenith tour in the Fall 2019.

In May 2019, she was portrayed by the New York Times, as “one of the most important act in Europe now, musically and socially”.[17]

In June 2019, she earned her first nomination at BET Awards 2019 as Best International Act,[18] and crossed the 1 Billion YouTube channel views.

In Summer 2019 she gained momentum with a new international smash Pookie (+240 Million YouTube views to date),

including high-profile international versions with multi-platinum rapstars Capo Plaza (#1 Spotify Italy) and Lil Pump (US).[19]

In August her YouTube channel became the most viewed ever for a French female artist (1.4 Billion views to date).

In September 2019, Djadja rose back again at #25 in Shazam worldwide charts, and Top 10 in Shazam Spain and Latin America, while Pookie entered Shazam worldwide charts at #80

She thus charted 2 tracks in Shazam Global 100 simultaneously.

In October, Djadja went Platinum in Spain [20] and Portugal while Pookie goes double Platinum in Italy.[21]

On October 25, 2019, Aya Nakamura released a re-issue of the now 2xPlatinum ‘Nakamura’ with five new songs, including the Top 5 single ‘40%’ .

In December year-end recaps,  she was named Most Watched French female artist in 2019 by YouTube, and Most Streamed French female artist in 2019 by Spotify.[22]

On January 3rd 2020, she was announced to perform at Coachella Music & Arts festival 2020.

On June 12th is released a Spanish-language version of 'Djadja' with Colombian singer Maluma. It entered Spotify Global Top 40 weekly on August 14.[23]

2020: Aya

On July 17th, she released a new single, 'Jolie Nana', as the lead single for her third studio album 'Aya'. It debuted at #1 in the French single charts, and achieved Gold status in 2 weeks.[24]It also reached the top 10 in Belgium and Switzerland as well as top 40 in the Netherlands. On the new UK Afrobeats chart, it reached number 7.

On October 9th, she released the second single from the album, 'Doudou'. It peaked at number 9 in France, in the top 40 in Belgium and number 16 on the newly-created UK Afrobeats chart.

She announced the album on October 15th, with a release date of 13th November. The tracklist was released on October 4th, revealing collaborations with Stormzy, Ms Banks and OBOY.

Discography

Albums

Title Details Peak positions Units Certification
FRA
[6]
BEL
(FL)

[25]
BEL
(WA)

[11]
NLD
[26]
ITA
[27]
SPA (str)
[28]
SWI
[29]
Journal intime 6 143 34
Nakamura
  • Released: 2 November 2018
  • Label: Rec. 118, Warner Music France
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download, streaming
3 29 8 10 90 92 20
Aya
  • Released: 13 November 2020
  • Label: Rec. 118, Warner Music France
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download, streaming
2
[35]
14 2 36 8

Singles

Title Year Peak positions Units Certification Album
FRA
[6]
BEL
(FL)

[36]
BEL
(WA)

[37]
GER
[10]
ITA
[38]
NLD
[26]
POR
[13]
SPA
[9]
SWE
[12][14]
SWI
[29]
"Super héros"
(featuring Gradur)
2016 34 Journal intime
"Comportement" 23 40
"Oumou Sangaré" 65
"Djadja"

(solo, featuring Loredana or featuring Maluma)

2018 1 16 16 43 23 1 37 5
[20]
72 29 Nakamura
"Copines" 1 24
(tip)
7 46 60
"Pookie"
(solo, featuring Lil Pump or featuring Capo Plaza)
2019 5 18 9 2 [A] 55
"Soldat"[50] 6
"Jolie nana" 2020 1 8 2 [B] 18 4 Aya
"Doudou"[53] 6
[54]
40
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Featured in

Title Year Peak positions Certification
FRA
[6]
BEL
(WA)

[11]
"Love d'un voyou"
(Fababy featuring Aya Nakamura)
2015 9 37*
(Ultratip)
"Sorry"
(Abou Debeing featuring Aya Nakamura)
2016 188
"Bad Boy"
(Fally Ipupa featuring Aya Nakamura)
2017 68
"Moi je vérifie"
(Naza featuring Dadju and Aya Nakamura)
171
"Pourquoi tu forces"
(DJ Erise featuring Aya Nakamura)
2018 177
"Comme ci comme ça"
(Tour 2 Garde featuring Aya Nakamura)

*Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Ultratip charts.

Other charted songs

Title Year Peak positions Certification Album
FRA
[6][54]
BEL
(WA)

[11]
SWI
[29]
"Oublier" 2016 96 Journal intime
"Fuego"
(feat. Dadju)
2017 85
"J'ai mal (Part 2)" 109
"Problèmes"
(feat. MHD)
118
"Jalousie"
(feat. Lartiste)
121
"Karma" 146
"Orphelin"
(featuring KeBlack)
151
"La dot" 2018 3 32 71 Nakamura
"Sucette"
(featuring Niska)
4
"Oula" 5
"Pompom" 8
"Ça fait mal" 13
"Whine Up" 15
"Gangster" 18
"Faya" 21
"Gang"
(featuring Davido)
35
"Dans ma bulle" 40
"40%" 2019 4 30 Nakamura (deluxe edition)
"Claqué" 45
"Idiot" 65
"Plus jamais"
(featuring Stormzy)
2020 1 24 Aya
"Tchop" 7 62
"Préféré"
(featuring Oboy)
4
"Fly" 8
"Sentiments grandissants" 9
"Love de moi" 13
"Biff" 14
"Nirvana" 17
"Ça blesse" 18
"Hot" 19
"La machine" 21
"Mon chéri" 27
"Mon lossa"
(featuring Ms Banks)
28

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2018 W9 D'OR Female Artist most listened [55] herself Won
2019 Music Moves Europe Talent Awards [56] Public Choice Awards Won
MTV Europe Music Award Best French Act Nominated
BET Awards Best International Act Nominated
All Africa Music Awards Best Francophone Nominated
Artist of The Year Nominated
Crossing Boundaries with Music Award Nominated
Best Female West Africa [57] Nominated
Best Collaboration "Sucette" ft Niska Nominated
Song of The Year "Pookie" Nominated
NRJ Music Awards Francophonic Song of the Year Nominated
Francophonic Performance of the Night Nominated
Francophonic Female Artist Herself Nominated
2020 BreakTudo Awards Artist On The Rise [58] herself Pending
2020 BreakTudo Awards Latin Hit < DjaDja (feat. Maluma) Pending

Notes

  1. ^ "Pookie" (Remix) did not enter the Swedish Singellista Chart, but peaked at number 14 on the Swedish Heatseeker Chart.[48]
  2. ^ "Jolie nana" did not enter the German Singles Chart, but peaked at number 6 on the German Single Trending Charts.[51]

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