Aya Nakamura

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Aya Nakamura
Born (1995-05-10) 10 May 1995 (age 23)
Bamako, Mali
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2015–present
LabelsRec.118 Warner Music France

Aya Danioko, known as Aya Nakamura (born 10 May 1995), 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.[1] 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. She is best known for her number one[3] song "Djadja" that has more than 300 million views on YouTube.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Details Peak positions Units Certification
FRA
[4]
BEL
(FL)

[5]
BEL
(WA)

[6]
NLD
[7]
SWI
[8]
Journal intime 6 143 34
Nakamura
  • Released: 2 November 2018
  • Label: Rec. 118, Warner Music France
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
3
[10]
29 8 10 20
  • SNEP: 2× Platinum[9]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak positions Units Certification Album
FRA
[4]
BEL
(FL)

[12]
BEL
(WA)

[13]
GER
[14]
NLD
[7]
POR
[15]
SWE
[16][17]
SWI
[8]
"Super héros"
(featuring Gradur)
2016 34 Journal intime
"Comportement" 23 40
  • SNEP: Platinum[9]
"Oumou Sangaré" 65
"Djadja" 2018 1 16 16 43 1 37 72 32 Nakamura
"Copines" 1 74 7 46 60

Featured in[edit]

Title Year Peak positions Certification
FRA
[4]
BEL
(WA)

[6]
"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[edit]

Title Year Peak positions Album Certification
FRA
[4][22]
BEL
(WA)

[6]
SWI
[8]
"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
  • SNEP: Platinum[9]
"Sucette"
(featuring Niska)
4
"Oula" 5
"Pompom" 8
"Pookie" 12
"Ça fait mal" 13
"Whine Up" 15
"Gangster" 18
"Faya" 21
"Gang"
(featuring Davido)
35
"Dans ma bulle" 40

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oyiri, Christelle (13 November 2018). "Aya Nakamura is flipping France's rigid rules, beautifully". The Fader. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  2. ^ Amrani, Iman (23 January 2019). "Aya Nakamura: Afropop's reluctant face of empowerment". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Top Singles (téléchargement streaming)" (in French). SNEP. 11 May 2018. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d Peaks in France:
  5. ^ "Aya Nakamura". ultratop.be/nl/. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  6. ^ a b c "Aya Nakamura". ultratop.be/nl/. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Discography Aya Nakamura". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  8. ^ a b c "Discographie Aya Nakamura". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Les Certifications – Aya Nakamura". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums Fusionnes – SNEP (Week 45, 2018)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  11. ^ a b c "Aya Nakamura : l'album "Nakamura" certifié platine en France et disque d'or aux Pays-Bas". chartsinfrance.net (in French). Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  12. ^ "Discografie Aya Nakamura". ultratop.be. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Discographie Aya Nakamura". ultratop.be. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Suche - Offizielle Deutsche Charts". www.offiziellecharts.de (in German). Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  15. ^ "portuguesecharts.com - Discography Aya Nakamura". portuguesecharts.com. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  16. ^ "Veckolista Heatseeker – 27, 6 juli 2018" [Weekly chart Heatseeker – Week 27, 6 July 2018] (in Swedish). Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  17. ^ "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  18. ^ "Les Certifications - SNEP". SNEP (in French). Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  19. ^ a b "Les Disques D'Or/De Platine - Singles 2019". Ultra Top. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  20. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community". Hitparade.ch - Swiss Charts. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  21. ^ "Goud/Platina". nvpi.nl. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  22. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles (téléchargement + streaming) – SNEP (Week 45, 2018)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 12 November 2018.