ASAASA - Jailer
Hails From: Lagos, Nigeria / Paris, France
Musical Style: Folk, Soul, Pop
For Fans of: Tracy Chapman, John Legend, Bob Marley
Why you should check her out:
Asa’s music runs through her blood, a soulful and honest portrayal of a worldly spirit. With roots in African tradition and Parisian romance, Asa brings a gentle voice filled with compassion and enlightenment. Recognized on two continents already, Asa is ready to make her mark on American shores.
Asa was born in Paris, though it would be twenty two years before she truly lived there. The youngest of four children, she grew up in the major city of Lagos, Nigeria. Growing up in a land of both spiritual tradition and modern turmoil, she spent her youth singing as loud and long as she could, as if trying to express the entire city’s harmonic chaos. As a teenager, she learned to play guitar in an astonishingly short six months and relocated to her birth city to begin her life as an artist.
While playing around Paris, Asa’s music quickly caught on in her former home country of Nigeria. Her songs were seen as a voice for and of the people, representing their dreams and concerns with a beauty and reflection that shone through. After signing with Naïve Records, Asa quickly set about crafting a thoughtful and inspired self-titled debut album.
Like a modern day Bob Marley, Asa sings out against violence, inequality and poverty. Her songs concern the injustices around the world, and ultimately, the power that love can have in conquering that darkness. With conviction and strength, these messages soar through her gently swaying melodies driven by her acoustic guitar and deep, rich voice.
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