Asa Bukola Elemide popularly known as Asa is a Nigerian French musician, songwriter, and a recording artist.
We are going to take you through the Biography of Asa. She is famous for her melodious songs with her guitar. Her style of music is a mix of Pop, Jazz as well as Indie Pop.
Asa was born on 17th September 1982 in Sign Virgo, Paris to Nigerian parents who were working and studying cinematography in France. She was the only girl in the family alongside three brothers.
When she was two, her family relocated to Nigeria, so she grew up in Lagos state. After 18 years, she returned to Paris and began her music career.
The singer drew her first musical inspiration from her father’s music collection while he worked as a cinematographer. The collection included the music of Fela Kuti, Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley, Aretha Franklin, King Sunny Ade, Miriam Makeba, Diana Ross, and Nina Simone.
She attended Peter King’s School of Music where she learned how to play guitar in six months.
In 2004, Asa met her manager and friend, Janet Nwose, who introduced her to Cobhams Emmanuel Asuquo, who in turn became the producer of her first studio album Asa (Asha).
Asa went back to France at the age of 20 to study at the IMFP school of Jazz music. To her surprise, her teachers told her to go on with her recordings because she was qualified and needed no schooling.
In 2007, she recorded her first single in Nigeria, ‘Eye Adaba’. Eye Adaba interpreted as a dove is a solemn song full of hope, prayers, and a cry for peace in the country. In no time, the song gained world-wide acceptance and applause.
Asa later got signed to Naive Records. She worked together with Cobhams, Christopher Dupuoy and Benjamin Constant to produce her first platinum album named after her, “Asa”.
The album topped music charts across Europe, Asia, and Africa. In addition to that, the album won the prestigious French Constantin Award in 2008, when she was voted the best fresh talent of 10 singers by a jury of 19 music-industry specialists in Paris.
In 2009, Asa released another album titled ‘Live in Paris’. The album was a compilation of her live performances and include ‘Subway’, ‘Fire on the Mountain’, ‘Awe’, ‘Bibanke’, ‘360 degree’, ‘Jailer’, ‘So Beautiful’, ‘Feeling Good’, ‘Speech’, ‘Lya’, ‘No one knows’ and ‘Eye Adaba’.
Asa released her third album ‘Beautiful Imperfection’ on 25 October 2010. She collaborated with Nicholas Mollard, a french composer to produce the album. It went Platinum in 2011. The lead single from Beautiful Imperfection is titled “Be My Man” was released in late September 2010. Aṣa reportedly sold 400,000 albums worldwide by 2014
Asa released her next studio album, ‘Bed of Stone’in August 2014. The album contained 4 singles: ‘Dead Again’, ‘Eyo’, ‘Satan Be Gone’, ‘The One That Never Comes’ and ‘Moving On’.
After a five year break off the music scene, Asa released another pop single on May 14, 2019, titled “The Beginning” and on 25 June 2019 she released the single “Good Thing”.
Her Fifth album “Lucid” was released on 11 October 2019. The 14 track album contained songs like “Murder in the USA”, “The Begining”, “Good Thing”, “Stay Tonight”, “Torn”, “Happy People”, “You and Me”, “Femi Mo” amongst others.
According to reports, Asa’s estimated net worth as of 2019 is $2m.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Does Asa have a Child
Asa doesn’t have a child. In an interview with Funmi Iyanda, she revealed she lost her virginity at the age of 28 years.
- What does Asa mean?
Asa is a yoruba name for a hawk. Although it also shares a similar spelling with the Hebrew name, Asa, meaning healer and/or physician (Ase).
- How is Asa?
Asa as of 2020 is 38 years old.
- What is Asa Net Worth?
Asa has an estimated net worth of $2million as of 2020.
- Is Asa married?
Asa isn’t married as there have been no reports of her relationship or love life. The singer is a reclusive one who most information known about her is her career and a some details about her family.