Aṣa, born Bukola Elemide on September 17, 1982, is a celebrated Nigerian-French singer, songwriter, and recording artist

Aṣa, born Bukola Elemide on September 17, 1982, is a celebrated Nigerian-French singer, songwriter, and recording artist
Aṣa, born Bukola Elemide on September 17, 1982, is a celebrated Nigerian-French singer, songwriter, and recording artist

Her musical journey spans from Paris to Lagos and back to Paris, profoundly influencing her impressive career in the music world.

Aṣa was born in Paris to Nigerian parents who were working and studying cinematography in France. When she was two years old, her family returned to Nigeria, where she grew up in Lagos city, in the south western part of the country. Her parents hail from Ogun State, Nigeria. Aṣa’s upbringing in this multicultural environment, surrounded by diverse musical influences, undoubtedly shaped her unique sound and style as an artist. Her father’s eclectic playlist, featuring American, Nigerian, and African soul classics, played a significant role in inspiring her music.

In 2004, Aṣa met her manager and friend, Janet Nwose, who introduced her to Cobhams Asuquo. Asuquo became the producer of her first studio album, self-titled “Asa” (also known as “Asha”). Aṣa’s debut album gained international acclaim, charting radios across Europe, Asia, and Africa. She even won the prestigious French Constantin Award in 2008, voted as the best fresh talent by a jury of music industry specialists in Paris. Her subsequent albums, including “Beautiful Imperfection” and “Bed of Stone,” continued to showcase her soulful voice and unique blend of genres. Aṣa’s music draws inspiration from artists like Marvin Gaye, Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, and Miriam Makeba, reflecting her rich cultural heritage and global influences. Her track “Jailer” remains one of her most iconic and widely recognized songs.

Aṣa’s journey from Paris to Lagos and her ability to seamlessly blend different musical traditions have solidified her place as a remarkable artist, captivating audiences worldwide with her warm neo soul melodies and thought provoking lyrics.

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