Aṣa (/ˈæʃə/ ASH; born Bukola Elemide 17 September 1982)[1] is a Nigerian-French singer, songwriter, and recording artist.

Asa by Nicolas Esposito.jpg
Background information
Birth nameBukola Elemide
Born (1982-09-17) 17 September 1982 (age 38)
Paris, France
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • trumpet

Early lifeEdit

Aṣa was born in Paris to Nigerian parents who were working and studying cinematography in France. Her family returned to live in Nigeria when she was two. Aṣa grew up in Lagos city, in the south-western part of Nigeria, and 18 years later, returned to Paris, where her life as an artist took off.[1]

Asa's music influences grew over the years from the collection of great music her father had built up for his work as a cinematographer. These records featuring American, Nigerian and African soul classics, included musical greats such as Marvin Gaye, Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Aretha Franklin, King Sunny Adé, Diana Ross, Nina Simone, Miriam Makeba. Aṣa went on to draw inspiration from them.


In 2004, Asa met her manager and friend, Janet Nwose,[2] who introduced her to Cobhams Emmanuel Asuquo, who in turn became the producer of her first studio album Asa (Asha).

Aṣa returned to France at the age of 20 to study at the IMFP school of Jazz music, where she was told by teachers that she should go ahead and become a recording artist because she was ready and needed no schooling. Back in Nigeria, her first single, "Eyé Adaba," was beginning to get airplay. Aṣa soon signed to Naïve Records. Partnered with Cobhams Asuquo, and with the new involvement of Christophe Dupouy and Benjamin Constant, she produced her first platinum selling self-titled album, Aṣa. The release of the album saw Aṣa charting radios across Europe, Asia and Africa and went on to win the prestigious French Constantin Award in 2008, when she was voted best fresh talent of 10 singers or groups by a jury of 19 music-industry specialists in Paris.[3]

Her second album, Beautiful Imperfection, in collaboration with French composer Nicolas Mollard, was released on 25 October 2010, went platinum in 2011. The lead single from Beautiful Imperfection is titled "Be My Man" was released in late September 2010. It was reported that by 2014 Aṣa sold 400,000 albums worldwide.[4]

Asa's third studio album, Bed of Stone, was released in August 2014. The singles are "Dead Again", "Eyo", "Satan Be Gone", "The One That Never Comes" and "Moving On". She went on a world tour from 2015 to 2017.

On 14 May 2019, she released a new single titled "The Beginning" and on 25 June 2019 she released the single "Good Thing".[5][6] On 11 September 2019, she announced on her Twitter page that her new album, Lucid, will be released on 11 October 2019. True to her words, the album was then released on 11 October 2019.


Studio albumsEdit

Year Album Chart positions[7]

2007 Aṣa (Asha) 15 81 - 65 32 3
2010 Beautiful Imperfection 14 35 61 54 - 3
2014 Bed of Stone 38 80 - 64 - -
2019 Lucid

Live albumsEdit

  • Live in Paris (2009)


Year Title FRA
2007 "Fire on the Mountain" - - Aṣa (Asha)
"Jailer" - -
2010 "Be My Man" 89 76 Beautiful Imperfection
2011 "Why Can't We" - 94
2012 "The Way I Feel" - -
"Ba Mi Dele" - - Beautiful Imperfection (re-release)
2014 "Dead Again" 109 - Bed of Stone
2015 "Eyo" - -
2019 "The Beginning" Lucid
"Good Thing"
"My Dear"

Soundtrack appearancesEdit

  • 2007: "Kokoya" - on the soundtrack to the film The First Cry
  • 2009: "The Place To Be" - soundtrack for GTBank
  • 2011: "Zarafa" - soundtrack for the animation movie Zarafa

Awards and nominationsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "There's 'Fire On The Mountain'; Where Is Asa?", Sahara Reporters, 7 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Why Asa and her female manager are still best of friends" GhanaWeb, 3 October 2016.
  3. ^ Rhoads, Celeste, "Artist Biography", AllMusic.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 September 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "VIDEO: Asa releases new single after five-year break", Punch (Nigeria), 14 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Asa – The Beginning", Rhythmicals, 14 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Asa – Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  8. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "lescharts.com - Discographie Asa [FR]". lescharts.com.
  9. ^ a b "Discographie Asa [FR]". ultratop.be.
  10. ^ Hung, Steffen. "spanishcharts.com - Asa [FR] - Baby Gone". www.spanishcharts.com.
  11. ^ Steffen Hung. "Discographie Asa [FR". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Asa - Chart history - Billboard". www.billboard.com.
  13. ^ "Asa - Chart history - Billboard". www.billboard.com.

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