Aṣa

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Aṣa
Asa by Nicolas Esposito.jpg
Background information
Birth name Bukola Elemide
Born (1982-09-17) 17 September 1982 (age 32)
Paris, France
Genres Pop, jazz, indie pop
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Trumpet
Labels Naive, BMG
Website www.asa-official.com

Aṣa (pronounced "Asha"; born 17 September 1982)[1] is a Nigerian French singer-songwriter, and recording artist. Her stage name "Aṣa" means "Hawk" in Yoruba.

Early life[edit]

Born Bukola Elemide, Aṣa was born in Paris, France to her Nigerian parents. Her family returned to live in Nigeria when she was two. Aṣa grew up in Alagbole, a border town in Ogun state near Lagos, in the south-western part of Nigeria. Twenty years later, Aṣa returned to Paris where her life as an artist took off.

Whenever Asa came home from school in Nigeria, she discovered musical acts like Erykah Badu, D'Angelo, Raphael Saadiq, Lauryn Hill, Femi Kuti and Angélique Kidjo. This was while she was in pursuit of educational excellence, and these musical acts are whose footprints she dreamed of following.

Background[edit]

Aṣa was the only female child in the family and had three brothers. At a tender age she began to look after the house during her parents' frequent absences. This is when Aṣa started to sing. Over the years her father had built up a fine collection of records featuring soul classics and Nigerian music, including Marvin Gaye, Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Aretha Franklin, King Sunny Adé, Ebenezer Obey and Lagbaja and Asa went on to draw inspiration from them.

In 2004 Aṣa met her manager and friend, Janet, who introduced her to Cobhams Emmanuel Asuquo, who in turn became her musical partner and producer.

At this stage of her life,[when?] Aṣa returned to Paris. Back in Nigeria, her first single, "Eyé Adaba," then "Jailer," were beginning to get airtime. Aṣa soon signed to Naïve Records. Partnered with Cobhams, and with the new involvement of Christophe Dupouy, she produced her first album, Aṣa. The release of the album saw Aṣa win the prestigious French Constantin Award in 2008, where she was voted best fresh talent of 10 singers or groups by a jury of 19 music-industry specialists in Paris.

Her second album, Beautiful Imperfection, was released on 25 October 2010. The lead single from Beautiful Imperfection is titled "Be My Man" and was released in late September. A video for the song was released in mid-October. She also performed with Féfé at the Sydney Festival in 2011[2]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Chart positions[3]
FRA BEL ESP SUI
2007 Aṣa (Asha) 15 81 - 65
2009 Live in Paris 112 - - -
2010 Beautiful Imperfection 14 35 61 54
2014 Bed of Stone 38 80 - 64

In 2014, it was reported that before the release of Bed of Stone, Asa sold 400,000 albums world wide

Singles[edit]

Year Title FRA BEL Album
2009 "Fire on the Mountain" - - Aṣa (Asha)
"Jailer" - -
2010 "Be My Man" 89 26 Beautiful Imperfection
2011 "Why Can't We" - 44
2012 "The Way I Feel" - -
"Ba Mi Dele" - - Beautiful Imperfection (re-release)
2014 "Dead Again" 109 - Bed of Stone

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

  • 2007: "Kokoya" - on the soundtrack to the film The First Cry

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Asa: Biographie". TV5Monde. Paris, France: TV5Monde. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Victoria Hannaford (29 December 2011). "French hip-hop artist Fefe teams up with Nigerian-French singer Asa for Sydney Festival". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Asa – Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 

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