Artist Of The Day: Asa

posted by Shane German on 03/12/2020

A Nigerian-French singer/songwriter with a smoky voice, Asa ("ah-shah") combines elements of soul, pop, folk, and reggae, among other international influences, in her warm neo-soul songs.

Born Bukola Elemide in Paris to Nigerian parents, Asa moved to Lagos with her family when she was a toddler. Growing up, her father, a cinematographer, shared a record collection with her that spanned Aretha Franklin, Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Miriam Makeba and Nina Simone. Asa would eventually move back to Paris as a young adult before launching her music career.

After emerging with a self-titled debut in 2007, she released Beautiful Imperfection in 2010, leading to a Victoires de la Musique nomination in France, where she regularly charts. Her fourth studio album, Lucid, arrived in 2019 and is her most personal and revealing album to date.



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