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Asa – Biography/History


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Background info
Birth title Bukola Elemide
Born 17 September 1982 (age 33)
Paris, France
  • Vocals

  • guitar

  • trumpet
Aṣa (pronounced “Asha”; born September 17, 1982)[1] is a Nigerian French singer, songwriter, and recording artist. Her stage title “Aṣa” means “Hawk” in Yoruba.

Early life

Born Bukola Elemide, Aṣa was born in Paris, France to her Nigerian dad and mom. Her household returned to dwell in Nigeria when she was two. Aṣa grew up in a small city close to Lagos, within the south-western a part of Nigeria. Twenty years later, Aṣa returned to Paris the place her life as an artist took off.
Whenever Asa got here residence from faculty in Nigeria, she found musical acts likeErykah BaduD’AngeloRaphael Saadiq,Lauryn HillFemi Kuti and Angélique Kidjo. This was whereas she was in pursuit of instructional excellence, and these musical acts are whose footprints she dreamed of following.


In 2004 Aṣa met her supervisor and pal, Janet, who launched her to Cobhams Emmanuel Asuquo, who in flip grew to become her musical associate and producer.
At this stage of her life,[when?] Aṣa returned to Paris. Back in Nigeria, her first single, “Eyé Adaba,” then “Jailer,” have been starting to get airtime. Aṣa quickly signed to Naïve Records. Partnered with Cobhams, and with the brand new involvement of Christophe Dupouy, she produced her first album, Aṣa. The launch of the album noticed Aṣa win the distinguished French Constantin Award in 2008, the place she was voted finest contemporary expertise of 10 singers or teams by a jury of 19 music-trade specialists in Paris.
Her second album, Beautiful Imperfection, was launched on 25 October 2010. The lead single from Beautiful Imperfection is titled “Be My Man” and was launched in late September. A video for the tune was launched in mid-October. She additionally carried out with Féfé on the Sydney Festival in 2011[2]


Albums Year Album Chart positions[3] FRA BEL ESP SUI 2007 Aṣa (Asha) 15 81 – 65 2009 Live in Paris 112 – – – 2010 Beautiful Imperfection 14 35 61 54 2014 Bed of Stone 38 80 – 64
In 2014, it was reported that earlier than the discharge of Bed of Stone, Asa offered 400,000 albums worldwide

Singles Year Title FRA BEL Album 2009 “Fire on the Mountain” – – Aṣa (Asha) “Jailer” – – 2010 “Be My Man” 89 26 Beautiful Imperfection 2011 “Why Can’t We” – 44 2012 “The Way I Feel” – – “Ba Mi Dele” – – Beautiful Imperfection(re-launch) 2014 “Dead Again” 109 – Bed of Stone 2015 “Eyo” – –

Soundtrack appearances
  • 2007: “Kokoya” – on the soundtrack to the movie The First Cry
  • Awards and nominations
  • 2008: Headies Album of the yr
  • 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”