She’s had major critical acclaim, performed at festivals all over Europe including WOMAD and now she’s set to headline her own show at Koko in Camden. Who is she? The Nigerian songstress Asa (pronounced Asha). Backed by an accomplished band she’ll be showcasing her easy melodies, sharp style and joyous playing at a one off show in October.
Born in Paris and raised in Lagos, Asa practised her stage moves from a young age and still retains a playful sense of wonder and joy in her music today. Growing up in a nation that was often rooted in turmoil she used music from the likes of Fela Kuti, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley and Lauryn Hill as her escape.
Though her music channel’s her love of Western culture she still shows true pride in Motherland as three of her songs on her latest album are performed in her native tongue, Yoruba.
Her album Beautiful Imperfection was released in April and was labelled “Album of the Week” by Radio 2. The launch of the album saw a sold-out co-headline show with Ivorian reggae singer Tiken Jah Fakoly at the Barbican in London.
Her new single “Why Can’t We” described as a breezy, infectious slice of carefree pop funk-rock is released on 17th October.
The Guardian said, “She’s very good at making mellow pop about life’s smaller tribulations … and when she gets her jazz groove on … you wish the songs would never end”.
The Daily Record called her album “stunning” from start to finish and the Daily Express says you should check her out ” wherever you are coming from musically”.
So what are you waiting for? Get your tickets now!
She’s performing on the 25th October at Koko in Camden and doors open at 7pm. Tickets cost £20.
Visit www.koko.uk.com or call 08444 771 000 for more information.
Check out her new single “Why Can’t We”