She is that one voice and style that is generally agreed to be, beyond comparison. For she is both ancient and full of soul at the same time.
The name Asa is not her real name but rather is her stage name, which is derived from her Yoruba native tongue and when translated means “HAWK”.
She was born Bukola Elemide and at the age of two, returned back to Nigeria with her Parents from Paris
In Nigeria she would grow up in the South-Western part of Nigeria (a small town near Lagos to be precise).
And there she would live her life for the next twenty years, at which end, Asa would return back to Paris. Where her life as a musical entity would begin to bear fruits.
Background Of Nigerian Musician Asa
Asa was an only girl child in the midst of three brothers. And being an only girl child meant she was left with the responsibility of taking care of the domestic matters of the house.
It was during this time that Asa actually embraced singing. As for inspiration Asa would depend on the fine musical classics and collections of her father that included songs from Marvin Gaye , Fela Kuti , Bob Marley, Aretha Franklin, King Sunny Ade ,
Ebenezer Obey and Lagbaja .
In 2004, Asa would meet both her manager and producer. Her manager would become her friend Janet, who in turn, would introduce Asa to Cobhams Asuquo, a blind but talent producer that would eventually become her partner and producer.
Her first singles to get proper airtime and success in Nigeria were “Eye Adaba” and “jailer”, while the success was brewing Asa was already back in Paris.
There she would get signed into Naive Records. And with both her partnership with Cobhams and then the involvement of Christophe Dupouy her first album titled Asa was created and released.
That album won her the prestigious French Constantin Award in 2008.
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”
Personal Note On The Nigerian Musician Asa
To visit Asa through her own page then click this link: Asa Website
The Music of Nigerian Musician Asa is unique not simply because it is a well crafted sound. No!
For Asa, music is an art form, her flow is like the smoothness of poetry. Her music if it were to be compared to a writing style would match that of Chinua Achebe.
She singing style is like the uniqueness of a masquerade. Such that one can only get that certain feel from her and no one else.
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