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Background information
Birth name Bùkólá Elemide
Born (1983-09-17) 17 September 1983 (age 34)
Paris, France
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • trumpet
Website http://asaofficial.com

Aṣa (pronounced "Àshá"; born September 17, 1982)[1] is a Nigerian French singer, songwriter, and recording artist. Her stage name "Aṣa" pronounced "Asha" 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 Lagos city, in the south-western part of Nigeria. Twenty years later, Aṣa returned to Paris where her life as an artist took off.


Aṣa was the only female child in the family and had three brothers. At a young 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 collection of records featuring soul classics and Nigerian music, including Marvin Gaye, Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Aretha Franklin, King Sunny Adé, and Ebenezer Obey. 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 of her first studio album Asa(Asha).

At age 20,[when?] Aṣa returned to France to study at the IMFP school of Jazz music.

Back in Nigeria, her first single, "Eyé Adaba," was beginning to get airplay. Aṣa soon signed to Naïve Records. Partnered with Cobhams, and with the new involvement of Christophe Dupouy and Benjamin Constant, she produced her first platinum selling album, Aṣa. The release of the album saw Aṣa charting radios across Europe, Asia and Africa and went on 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, went double gold in France in 2011. The lead single from Beautiful Imperfection is titled "Be My Man" and was released in late September 2010.

Asa's third studio album, Bed Of Stone, was released in August 2014. Bed of Stone The lead singles are 'Dead Again', 'Eyo', 'Satan Be Gone' and 'The One That Never Comes'. She went on a world tour in 2015 to 2017.



Year Album Chart positions[2]

2007 Aṣa (Asha) 15 81 - 65 32 3
2009 Live in Paris 112 - - - - -
2010 Beautiful Imperfection 14 35 61 54 - 3
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 worldwide.[9]


Year Title FRA
2009 "Fire on the Mountain" - - Aṣa (Asha)
"Jailer" - -
2010 "Be My Man" 89 76 Beautiful Imperfection
2011 "Why Can't We" - 94
2012 "The Way I Feel" - -
"Ba Mi Dele" - - Beautiful Imperfection (re-release)
2014 "Dead Again" 109 - Bed of Stone
2015 "Eyo" - -

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

  • 2007: "Kokoya" - on the soundtrack to the film The First Cry
  • 2011: " Zarafa" - soundtrack for the Animation movie Zarafa

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ "Asa: Biographie". TV5Monde. Paris, France: TV5Monde. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Asa – Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "lescharts.com - Discographie Asa [FR]". lescharts.com. 
  4. ^ a b "Discographie Asa [FR]". ultratop.be. 
  5. ^ Hung, Steffen. "spanishcharts.com - Asa [FR] - Baby Gone". www.spanishcharts.com. 
  6. ^ Steffen Hung. "Discographie Asa [FR". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2018-07-21. 
  7. ^ "Asa - Chart history - Billboard". www.billboard.com. 
  8. ^ "Asa - Chart history - Billboard". www.billboard.com. 
  9. ^ [1][dead link]