Soul singer, songwriter and recording artist, Asa is a year older today!
Born Bukola Elemide, Aṣa was born in Paris, France to her Nigerian parents on the 17th of September, 1982. Her family returned to live in Nigeria when she was two. Aṣa grew up in Alagbole, a border town in Ogun state near Lagos, in the south-western part of Nigeria.
Twenty years later, Aṣa returned to Paris where her life as an artist took off. Her stage name “Aṣa” means “Hawk” in Yoruba.
Asa developed an interest and inspiration in music following her fathers fine collection of records featuring soul classics and Nigerian music, including Marvin Gaye, Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Aretha Franklin, King Sunny Adé, Ebenezer Obey and Lagbaja.
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.
The release of the album ‘ASA’ saw her win the prestigious French Constantin Award in 2008, where she was voted best fresh talent of 10 singers or groups by a jury of 19 music-industry specialists in Paris.
Her second album, Beautiful Imperfection, was released on 25 October 2010. The lead single from Beautiful Imperfection is titled “Be My Man” and was released in late September. A video for the song was released in mid-October. She also performed with Féfé at the Sydney Festival in 2011.