Akasa (band)

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Akasa was a London-based pop band that had moderate success in the late-1980s and early-1990s.

OriginLondon, England
Years active1988-1994
LabelsEastWest, WEA, Magnasound
Associated actsThe Alien Mangoes
Magic Carpet
Magic Carpet II
Past membersSophiya Haque
John 'Jhalib' Millar
Clem Alford


The group was formed in 1988 under a deal with Warner Bros.

Akasa featured a very young Sophiya Haque as vocalist along with Clem Alford and Jhalib Millar. Supported by producer Martyn Phillips,[1] Akasa served as the stepping stone to further success for Haque.

The group's single "One Night in my Life" was well-received and several live performances followed at clubs in London. Akasa's style of music is represented by a healthy fusion of Western and Indian music.

Other notable Akasa tracks include "Kamasutra", "The Wheel of Life" and "Himalayan Hideaway".[2][3]

Following a couple of singles and an album of both band and solo material, the lead singer Sophie Haque went on to become one of the first pan-Asian V.J.s and attracted a regular audience.

Haque's untimely death, at the age of 41 on 17 January 2013 after a short battle with cancer, renewed interest in the group's contributions to the London pop scene.[4][5]

Band members[edit]

Martyn Phillips: Producer[7]



Music videos[edit]

  • 1989: One Night In My Life (Director: Jack Cardiff)[11]
  • 1990: Kamasutra (Director: Philippe Gautier)[12]


  1. ^ "Martyn Phillips". Martynphillips.com. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Akasa – One Night in My Life". Martynphillips.com. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  3. ^ "What does akasa mean". Findwords.info. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  4. ^ "AKASA & SOPHIYA HAQUE Tribute". Facebook.com. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  5. ^ Barnett, Laura (17 January 2013). "Actor Sophiya Haque dies aged 41". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Clem Alford | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Akasa (Band)". Discogs. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  8. ^ "Akasa - One Night In My Life (Single)". Discogs. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Akasa - Kama Sutra (Single)". Discogs. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  10. ^ "Akasa And Sophiya - One Night In My Life (Album)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  11. ^ "Akasa - One Night In My Life". YouTube. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  12. ^ "Akasa - Kamasutra". YouTube. Retrieved 2 November 2019.

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