My husband introduced me to the music of a Nigerian Musician, Asa (pronounced Asha) a few months ago. I like the sound of her voice and admire her talent. I watched a few interviews from her and found out that she is from the same place as my husband, in fact she speaks the same language, Yoruba.
The story of Asa begins in Lagos, Nigeria where she started to sing at a young age and she was inspired by the sounds and messages of artists such as Marvin Gaye, Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Sunny Ade and Ebenezer Obey. She was studying in Paris that she truly formed her musical style. She was listening to songs from Erika Badu, D'Angelo, Rafel Saadiq, Lauryn Hill and Angelique Kidjo.
Her first album (2008) has two stand-out tracks: Jailer, a song about "the irony of oppression, the one that operates in everyday life" and Fire In The Mountain. Asa's album met recognition worldwide and the artist engaged in an extended tour including Europe, North America, Africa and Japan. Asa gained global recognition as a charismatic songstress with a trademark husky voice, unafraid to tackle serious issues with intelligence and confidence. "This Nigerian singer-songwriter might actually be a twenty-first century Bob Marley" — BBC Music
Her second album came out in 2010 called Beautiful Imperfection. Enjoy the well shot music video below. I couldn’t help but get on my feet and dance to the song.
Full bio: http://www.asa-official.com/biography
Fire on the mountain
Why can't we
The way I feel
The Place to be
No one knows
Iya - Asa ft Keziah Jones