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Aşa, Biographie

Nom :

Bukola Elemide

Naissance :

17 septembre 1982

Lieu :

Paris (France)

Nationalité :

NIGÉRIANE

Style : SOUL POP

ASA-photoshoot1-700x933FLAGFRAṣa est née à Paris en septembre 1982. Asa est une chanteuse auteur compositeur d’origine nigériane.

Après avoir vécu six ans à Paris, sa famille retourne au Nigeria et s’installe à Lagos. Aṣa suit les cours de l’école de musique ouverte par le saxophoniste britannique Peter King. Elle se fait ensuite connaître du Centre Culturel Français, dont le directeur entreprend de soutenir sa carrière. En 2004, après avoir envoyé une maquette à l’AFAA, elle participe au projet « Assata » et revient en France pour donner des concerts.
Fin 2006, elle signe un contrat avec le label français Naïve Records. Son premier album nommé « Asa » est enregistré et mixé par Christophe Dupouy au studio Le Chantier à Montreuil, et sort l’année suivante. Asa est considérée comme une étoile montant venue d’ailleurs ! En effet elle raconte à travers ses textes une part de l’histoire du continent noir, sa musique située entre le reggae et le folk engagé reflète un heureux métissage.

Aṣa chante en anglais et en langue yoruba, accompagnée entre autres par le flûtiste de jazz Malik Mezzadri.  Son album séduit le public et les critiques ; il recevra le prix Constantin en 2008.

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Biography

FLAGGBHer stage name “Aṣa” means “Hawk” in Yoruba.

ASa 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.

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ASa (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 ASa’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.

AsaxASa 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.

 

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Discography

Albums

Year Album Chart positions
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 before the release of Bed of Stone, Asa sold 400,000 albums world wide

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-release)
2014 “Dead Again” 109 Bed of Stone
2015 “Eyo”

Soundtrack appearances

  • 2007: “Kokoya” – on the soundtrack to the film The First Cry

Awards

  • 2008: Prix Constantin
  • 2011: French Music Awards Victoires de la Musique nomination for ‘Female Artist of the Year’

 

Source : Wikipedia