Rita Ora Discusses Her Past And Promising Future
As her first UK single 'R.I.P' heads towards the No. 1 spot, Rita Ora recently opened up to The Sun about having to flee her country of birth when she was a baby, and she also explained how she ended up becoming Jay-Z’s protégée. The singer revealed that she was just 17 when she got signed to Roc Nation after being spotted during a live performance…
She said: "I was singing in bars in London and eventually someone put me in touch with Jay-Z’s right-hand man, Jay Brown. I sent him some music and he asked me to fly to New York. I was two weeks away from my 18th birthday but flew out there on my own. I was so nervous. But the good thing was that I didn’t know I was going to meet Jay-Z that night. If I had known I would have had a heart attack on the way to the airport. It was a surprise."
Rita also spoke of her childhood, telling how her family had to flee her country of birth when she was a baby: “I left Kosovo aged one. We were lucky that my mum and dad left early." Speaking of her Kosovan roots, she revealed that she would love to incorporate her language into her music one day: "I wish I could translate Kosovan music into my album. I tried but it doesn’t work yet. I’ll do it though. And I definitely want to play shows over there in the future and raise some money."
Words: Maz Khan (@MazHalima)