Aya Nakamura Danioko (born 10 May 1995), known by her stage name Aya Nakamura, is a Malian-born French pop singer. She is best known for her hit song “Djadja” that has more than half a billion views on YouTube.
She was born in Bamako and immigrated to France with her family, growing 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.