In spite of the bad buzz and his defeat in the category ‘francophone Song of the year” at the NMA 2018, Aya Nakamura has won one of the most beautiful rewards : an interview in the famous american magazine The Fader. The interpreter of “Girlfriends” reveals in particular if its daily life has changed or not since the beginning of his career : “Notmuch to me, at least. I drop my daughter to nursery school every day, as do all parents. In fact, people take me seriously now.“
Aya Nakamura said, then a little bit more about her debut : “I was struggling to find a job. I was singing all the time, so my sisters and friends to me have advised to go to the studio and begin to record my own discs. I didn’t know how to record a song, but thanks to friends, I found a studio and an engineer who has agreed to help me. I was composing my songs at home, I took the RER to join the 77, which was the opposite of where I lived, but I didn’t care.“
“People were asking me to whiten my skin”
If the singer proved a massive hit today, this has not always been easy for her to find her place in the middle : “It is difficult when you are a black woman in this industry (…) people were asking me to whiten my skin or wear a foundation with a more clear to attract a wider audience, but I myself do not have much left to do. I don’t want to be a victim“. Statements touching, until she returns on the dissemination of the picture of her without makeup.
“I tried to keep my composure, but in reality, the people there were strong to compare myself to a man or god knows what else. It was really violent, but I feel better now, “says one who has worked with Niska on the song “Lollipop”.
Dave Zakarian has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Koz Post, Dave Zakarian worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella.