Friday, August 7, 2009

MISSING IN ACTION - NIGERIAN RAPPERS

The people at www.allhiphop.com just did a feature on african artistes so i thought i would bring it to your attention.not one Nigerian rap artiste was mentioned.(am i the only one who thinks this is bad).they had K’Naan,Tumi and the Volume & M.anifest on the list but no rapper from NIgeria.someone please ask modenine what's up with his african movement thing.it is not right when Asa is the only one been noticed in Nigeria especially in a category meant for rappers.the feature was written by a Nigerian (Tolu Olorunda) which might explain Asa's inclusion.whoever he/she is must have been feeling bad that naija artiste were not getting enough exposure and just out of love for the motherland slotted in Asa's name.
here is what they had to say about Asa.click here for the full story


“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 Femi Kuti, you hear Nina Simone, you hear Mahalia Jackson. 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 Na├»ve 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.

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