Photo by Jean Baptiste Mondino

With new found confidence, this is how singer, songwriter and musician Asa describes her new album, “Beautiful Imperfection”, released on October 25, 2010 through naïve record label. Born in Paris and returning to her family’s home in Lagos, Nigeria at the age of two, Asa found herself dreaming from an early age. As the only girl in a family of four, living in an African city that was both vibrant and turbulent, young Asa often sought solace in her thoughts. With a vivid imagination and dreams of musical stardom, she would often take to an imaginary stage with her imaginary microphone and perform to her imaginary audience.

Growing up listening to a diverse range of music from artists including Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson and Lauryn Hill, these influences all played their part when Asa began to forge her own musical path.

Full of ambition and tenacity, she signed herself up to a music school when she was 18, learned to play the guitar and shaped her sound: songs delivered in both English and Yoruba, with a winning fusion of contemporary soul, pop, reggae and funk, complete with strong vocals and soul-stirring melodies. Asa then returned to France to cut her teeth on the Parisian music scene.

Asa’s debut album met recognition worldwide and was supported by an extended tour – including Europe, North America, Africa and Japan. Asa also received support from musical greats such as Lenny Kravitz, Katie Melua or Angelique Kidjo who invited her to perform duets on various occasions.

Armoured with a strong sense of self and restored happiness, Asa is ready to make her mark on the music world.

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“Simply a marvelous album” ELLE

The symbolism is strong: The album’s first track, “Murder In The USA”, tells the story of a crime:

“Who’s gonna save me now/ I shot my lover and I ran away”.

It is the final end of a love story but also the beginning of the album.

“Lucid”, ASA’s fourth album all kinds of emotions, from subtle love to uncontrolled passion.