ASA, NIGERIA'S GEM

Asa, Nigerian soul sensation

Asa's music foundation begun in Lagos, Nigeria. She found a home in her father’s extensive and eclectic collection of records from soul classics to traditional Nigerian music. Starting to sing at a tender age.

She was inspired by artists such as Marvin Gaye, Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Sunny Ade and Ebenezer Obey who served as touchstones when she later began crafting her own songs.

It wasn’t until she was studying in Paris that she truly formed her musical style, immersing herself in the songs of her musical contemporaries — Erika Badu, D’Angelo, Rafel Saadiq, Lauryn Hill and Angelique Kidjo.

The first song I heard from her debut album was "Jailer," a couple of years back. It was a mixture of reggae and soul. It is still my favorite song of hers. She blends pop, r&b, world, funk, soul and reggae into her music. Her latest album "Beautiful Imperfection has a sixties touch.

From the official site:

"With her dreams fully in motion and with an array of experiences under her belt, the talented artist was in a purely positive frame of mind when crafting her new album, Beautiful Imperfection.

The album’s lead single "Be My Man," an up-tempo rock-tinged track with hints of 1960s soul, sees Asa in romantic mode, as she sweetly croons to her love interest. Guitar-driven "Why Can’t We," laced with strong horns and beautiful harmonies is undoubtedly a toe-tapper."

In her words:

"The first album reflected my state of mind then. I had a lot to talk about — social and political issues. Beautiful Imperfection is different, it has more brightness. This time, I wanted to create something that would make people feel uplifted."

Check out the playlist on the right-hand side to enjoy her beautiful music.

"Be my man" from her latest album "Beautiful Imperfection"

Why can't we



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