French pop singer ‘Aya Nakamura’ tops our AOTW


Aya Danioko (born 10 May 1995), known by her stage name Aya Nakamura, is a French pop singer. Aya Danioko was born in Bamako,and she comes from a family of griot, West African storytellers, praise singers, and poets of oral traditions. She immigrated to France with her family as a child, growing up in Aulnay-sous-Bois. She is the oldest of five siblings.

Four: Karma
In 2014, at the age of 19, she released her first single Karma on Facebook With the help of the producer Seysey. The official music Audio garnered over 1.7M views on YouTube.


  • In February 2023, she became Lancôme's new international beauty muse.
  • Throughout her career, Nakamura accumulated five number-one songs and a number-one album in France.
  • Aya Nakamura gave birth in spring 2016 to a baby girl named Aicha. Her second daughter was born in early 2022 She applied for French nationality as an adult and was granted it in May 2021.

Three: Copines
Her song Copines garnered traction on YouTube garnering over 550M views on its official music video on YouTube and over 366M streams on Spotify. Copines (pronounced [kopin]) is a song performed by French-Malian singer Aya Nakamura. It was released on 24 August 2018. The song peaked at number one in France and number 7 in Wallonia. It has been certified Platinum and Gold in countries like Belgium, Canada, France, Italy and more.

Two: Hype ft Ayra Starr
With over 5M views on its official music video on YouTube and 14.2M streams on Spotify “Hypé” by Aya Nakamura features Nigeria’s favorite sabi girl Ayra Starr. The song was released on the 26th of January, 2024 and produced by Chef Bandit.

Awards/ Nominations/ accolades

  • She was awarded a Victoires de la Musique award for her 2020 album Aya, certified double platinum in 2023, 2 having sold 200,000 copies.
  • She also won an NRJ Music Award and received multiple nominations for the MTV Europe Music Award for Best French Act.
  • Nakamura album passed the billion(1) streams mark on Spotify, making her the most listened-to French-language female artist on Spotify.
  • The year in 2018, she beat the record held by Edith Piaf since 1961 as the most listened-to French-speaking female artist in the Netherlands.
  • In 2021, at the Apple Music Awards, she won the award for Artist of the Year


  • Journal intime (2017)
  • Nakamura (2018)
  • Aya (2020)
  • DNK (2023)

In 2022, Nakamura and her ex-partner Vladimir Boudnikoff were both charged with reciprocal domestic violence. Their trial was adjourned, since neither she nor Boudnikoff appeared in court.

One: Djadja
With over 438M streams on Spotify and over 956M views on its official music video on YouTube, “Djadja” launched the singer international career. Djadja is a song by French singer Aya Nakamura, released on April 6, 2018, as the lead single off her second studio album Nakamura (2018). It reached number one in France, the Netherlands and Romania. The music video for the song was shot in Barcelona, Spain. It has been Certified Gold, Platinum and Silver in countries like Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, UK and many more.