The Pace Report

Season 2011 Episode 06.12.11

The Pace Report: "Hawk's Beautiful Imperfection" The Asa Interview

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"Hailed as one of the most important singer/songwriters of her generation, Asa(pronounced Asha) is a musician that’s the most honest and authentic person on and off the stage. Her latest disc ‘Beautiful Imperfection’ is a tribute and testament that folk, soul, and afro-beat can be a means of music that appeals to music fans all over the world. Often compared to Lauryn Hill and Nina Simone, Asa’s music reflects her views on politics, her sensitivity as both a strong and weak African woman, and the ability to encourage one to love themselves. Over the last four years she’s been able to independently become her own voice to the tune of millions of fan all over the world. Born in Paris, France, young Bukola Elemide at an early age knew that she was going to become a musician. At the age of two, she and her family moved to Lagos, Nigeria where for 20 years Asa was accustomed to her parent’s native country. Asa means “Hawk” in Yorba. While growing up in Lagos, she used to listen to her parent’s records that consisted of a mix of African musician ranging from Fela Kuti to Sunny Ade, to the great American soul artists like Donny Hathaway to Aretha Franklin. By the time she was 18, Asa signed herself at the Peter King’s School of Music, a music school where she learned to play the guitar. It was also there where she began developing her vocal style fusing both English and her native Yorba. It 19 Asa moved to Paris, France where she began her real roots a struggling and up-and-coming artist. One of her best friends introduced her to producer and manager Cobhams Emmauel Asuquo, who later became her musical partner. By this time she sent her demo tape to the Visa program that was run by the AFAA, the cultural division of the French Foreign Ministry. During the beginning of 2007 Asa and Cobhams went into the recording studio for six weeks and recorded her debut self-titled album “Asa.” With jaw-droppingmoreless

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