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Asa

A?a set off to take flight with the release of her first single, "Fire on the Mountain", in 2007. The single (which has a surprisingly lilting melody for its accompanying lyrics warning of ecological disaster) had already received wide airplay on stations in Europe when her self-titled debut album hit stores in October of that same year. A?a (pronounced Asha) is no stranger to France, where her album was recorded and produced, having been born in the capital city of Paris. Born Bukola Elemide in 1982, the singer has only the vaguest of memories of her birth city, since she was only two years old when her family returned to Nigeria. Their time spent in Paris was brief, but A?a's fate was tied up with the City of Light and it was to Paris that she returned 20 years later to record her first major work in the studio. A?a grew up in Lagos, the former capital of Nigeria and a city buzzing with energy but also home to a deep-rooted spirituality. In Lagos, she matured amidst a population balancing the beliefs of Islam and Christianity. The influence of the city can be heard throughout her first album on tracks such as "Jailer" and "Fire on the Mountain", where tentative hints of Afrobeat waft through the folksy pop. Her style is unique as the city she grew up in, lying somewhere between pop and soul -- and just a twist of reggae. Her music features mainly English lyrics, but she also sings in Yoruba, a West African language widely spoken in Nigeria. The album was warmly received in France, winning her the Prix Constantin in 2008, and the follow-up, 2010's Beautiful Imperfection, which expanded on the R&B and funk elements of her sound, saw her nominated for a Victoires de la Musique award. ~ Celeste Rhoads, Rovi
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Asa. Love. Nothing but love.
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Asa. Love. Nothing but love.
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So much love #Asa #bestsingere v e r
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haranthony
Smokin hot!
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Best going female wise..1 dread says so..jah bless
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Cool music! Nice flowy feel.
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wanjohi.mutu r i
This is such a beautiful song. I have fallen in love with her music. She is not afraid to speak the truth but yet her lyrics are in prose. A true artist.
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and also where can i find your tour dates i live in the USA
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i love your music asa it was introduced to me by my 8 year old niece who loves Fire on the mountain, im hooked
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please come back to NYC
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Natural born singer
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I discovered her out of my boredom of average mainstream so called black american music raping my ear drums. The first time I hear her I was like, yes! I am now a fan for life! Go Asa!
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I am looking to propose to her one day! that isn't happening but hey Asa you are an amazing singer, i listen to her songs almost every night!
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She is a very special talent , second to non in Nigeria n even Africa . Way to go girl! Am sure Ur Grammy is so near.....!
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Honestly asa cuz of ur style of music im proud not only as an yoroba boy but also great Nigeria citizen thanks girl for making us proud not
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A dear friend sent this song, and I dig this young lady vocal… i’m a fan of GREAT music.. and at this moment... this all my ears seek...
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sahoudasmith
She beautifies the world with her charismatic voice ;)
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lilywhite001
Yoruba is one of the three main languages in Nigeria. It is not a dialect. However, there are dialects of the language.
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Absolutely love the Yoruba culture. Asa makes the language sound even more beautiful. Very powerful and yet graceful all at the same time.
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very talented. need to know when she will be in nyc again
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liz6650
LOVE ASA!!!
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toye7690
I love Asa!!!
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harmony_scot t
love her! soulful, beautiful, rhythmic, and conscious lyrics
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baduoo3
you the best!
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cwankotc
girl, you rock..... love you. I found you on youtube and your voice is so beautiful . I can even say you sing better than Adele, my best artist. I am so glad you from africa. Big up....
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Asa
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seunbuddy
been a fan since the 'Asa' album and i will always be while dragging some relatives along too
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would love to meet her soon;i have questions that will blow her mind.
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She is the perfect singer and song writer I ever lessen too The world need to know her hard work
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i cant get enough of you thank you sooo much <3
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dania.randle 4
Love Her!!!
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Beautiful Nigeria, Thank you for the positive image and the good press for a change.
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ibiksy
Asa makes me very proud to be african! Shes so real and she is the definition of a true musician. She can be grouped with the likes of Fela, Bob Marley, Sade etc
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saronephraim 2 1
I really love her and I love how she sings about deep topics and issues that affect everyone. I especially love her song "Jailer" And listening to her just pulls at my heart and reminds me of the place, of the time, and of people I was with when I first heard her. I can't wait until her next album.
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great artist
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awale0
Beautiful voice. pround to be Nigerian. She sings about a great bird that bring happiness and prays that such bird lands on her house.
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Asa reminds me of India with a twist like Corine. I love her and will look for more from her.
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jessicahawth o r n 1
I Love her voice!!!! It gives me peace!!!!
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SHE HAS SUCH A REFRESHING VOICE !!! REALLY ENJOY LISTENING 2 HER MUSIC!
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millym0jica
CONSUMED BY HER LYRICS..
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eleganze2003
love her SO!!!!!
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lesybiz
So lovely. ASA's songs are so beautiful. I lack words
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grimesg
I LOVE HER HAUNTING LYRICAL VOICE. I AM AN IMMEDIATE FAN.
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Asa is super talented. bi' ban ke is one of my favorite songs...
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bibanke is so amazing....
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ravenscroft6 1
Asa's music blows me away. I love Jailer and Bi'Ban Ke. This sister rocks!
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I love her music in particular "So Beautiful" .I have seen her perform and she rocks !!!!
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isioma85
l.o.v.e Asa's music. So groovy and filled with meaning. I'm glad to see Nigerian talent like this doing us proud. :)
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classyk82
I love her music.

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