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|Birth name||Bùkólá Elemide|
17 September 1982 |
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 a small town 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.
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, 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.
|2009||Live in Paris||112||-||-||-||-||-|
|2014||Bed of Stone||38||80||-||64||-||-|
|2009||"Fire on the Mountain"||-||-||Aṣa (Asha)|
|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|
- 2007: "Kokoya" - on the soundtrack to the film The First Cry
Awards and nominations
- 2008: Headies Album of the year
- 2008: Prix Constantin
- 2011: French Music Awards Victoires de la Musique nomination for "Female Artist of the Year".
- 2015: Headies nomination for "Best "R&B/Pop Album", "Best Alternative Song", "Best Vocal Performance (Female)", and "Best Recording of the Year"
- "Asa: Biographie". TV5Monde. Paris, France: TV5Monde. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
- 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.
- "Asa – Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
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