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“You suppress all my strategy/ You oppress every part of me/ ... You don’t care about my point of view/ If I die another will work for you/”
—Asa, “Jailer,” Asa, 2008.
“Tell me, who’s responsible for what we teach our children?/ Is it the internet or the stars on television?/ … So little Lucy turns sixteen and like the movie she's been seeing/ She has a lover in her daddy/ She can't tell nobody till she makes the evening news/”
—Asa, “Fire on the Mountain,” Asa, 2008.
If you’ve never heard of Asa, walk away in shame—hands-over-eyes. Now, Asa, the Paris-born, Nigeria-raised singer/songwriter isn’t exactly what you would consider “Hip-Hop,” but her smooth, eclectic melody, fused with thought-arousing lyrics, is sure to seduce even the most back-pack, hardcore Hip-Hop aficionado. Asa, partly inspired by the late Hip-Hop legend J Dilla, is sure to secure the same amount of buzz in the Hip-Hop community that she has found in other genres like Soul.
When she sings, you hear Bob Marley, you hear , you hear , you hear . She is musical dexterity and diversity in living color.
In Asa’s music, what most strikes the listener is her precision and accuracy. No note is hit imprecisely and no chord is misplayed. She is a meticulous musician, who ingrains in every listener a sense that popular music might not be facing the death rattles many, including the writer of these words, had long predicted.
Her self-titled album was recently released on Naïve records, and the raving reviews couldn’t be more assuring for this young, genial genius-in-the-making.
Perhaps it’s my nationalistic nature crying out, but I can see Asa number one on the billboard charts sometime soon.