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Aṣa, Bukola Elemide (born September 1982), is a French-Nigerian singer and song-writer. She combines styles of funk, pop, reggae, jazz, folk and soul.

Aṣa (pronounced Aasha) means “little hawk”. She was born in Paris to Nigerian parents, but after two years she moved with her parents to Nigeria and grew up in the capital of Lagos. Her music is thus linked to her time in Western Africa. Asa grew up under the influence of her father’s record collection, which included legendary artists such as Marvin Gaye, Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, and Aretha Franklin.

At the age of twelve years, her mother gave her the opportunity to attend one of the best music schools in the country. Aṣa not only developed her voice and her technique, over time she also discovered more about the musicians who fascinated her. When she came home, she discovered Erykah Badu, D’Angelo, Raphael Saadiq, Lauryn Hill, Femi Kuti, and Angélique Kidjo, in whose footprints she dreamed of following.

At the age of 18 she secretly signed up for the Peter King’s School of Music and learnt to play the guitar in six months. In 2004 Aṣa met her manager and friend, Janet, who introduced her to Cobhams Emmanuel Asuquo, who in turn became her musical partner and producer. He enabled Aṣa, the free spirit, to find her bearings. She wrote songs in both English and Yoruba, with the music falling somewhere between pop and soul, inspired by her musical heritage. Particular care was paid to the melodies reflecting the feeling she puts into it.

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  • Tramvai14

    гуд!

    28 Jun 9:50am Reply
  • alessandraolsen

    <3

    7 May 4:30pm Reply
  • karanssly

    I don't usually listen to songs other than my mother tongue's or English, but whenever I'm feeling down or need some refreshment, I'll go for Bibanke, Awe, Eye Adaba, and Bamidele. When I finally have the time to see the lyrics, I just. can't. believe. my eyes. All of the songs was beautifully written and it's really touching at the same time! I just hope that everybody in my position will look you up and feel the same relief I finally discovered :) Greetings from Indonesia!

    24 Oct 2013 Reply
  • marvin_____

    Dreamer Girl is so underrated !

    7 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Raumaia17

    probably the best thing i discovered this year...sooo good !

    22 Jul 2013 Reply
  • arthurvs

    I'm in love with her.

    21 Apr 2013 Reply
  • beatrigss

    <3

    13 Mar 2013 Reply
  • faustospain

    lovely is she :)

    21 Jan 2013 Reply
  • justinehering

    She's wonderful.

    17 Dec 2012 Reply
  • GigiNYC

    "The Way I Feel" was offered as a free download on ITunes last year, and it absolutely blew me away when I listened to it. Very powerful stuff!

    12 Dec 2012 Reply
  • folkfag00

    oh wow, what a fillerfest. i guess that's what i deserve for downloading 00s pop LPs

    17 Sep 2012 Reply
  • juliendu48

    Jailer <3

    9 Sep 2012 Reply
  • sulfurin

    lovely & overjoyed !

    27 Jul 2012 Reply
  • cassiomiguel

    its sounds nice

    15 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Pastillocas

    !!!

    8 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Samcier

    Asa alone means "wing" in Portuguese.

    7 Jun 2012 Reply
  • SoulJazzsterInc

    Il était temps !! Merci d'avoir rectifié le nom, j'en avais marre d'avoir ce rappeur que je ne connais même pas dans ma bibliothèque

    3 Jun 2012 Reply
  • callitjjazz

    Aṣa is the correct spelling, Asa alone means something else.

    18 Mar 2012 Reply
  • don_kulfon

    Asa or Aṣa? which name is correct?

    3 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Vierge_Noire

    Recently discovered. I like:)

    31 Jan 2012 Reply
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