Friday, June 11, 2010

Black Music Month #6: Artist of the Day

Who has Lauryn Hill's consciousness, Tracy Chapman's guitar skills mixed with a little bit of Nneka's Nigerian soul? Have no clue? I'll give you a hint; her name is Asa. Born Bukola Elemide (her nickname Asa means “little hawk) in 1982, the Paris-born, Nigerian (Lagos) artist grew up around music because of her father and listened to a wide range of artists like Fela Kuti, Sunny Ade, Bob Marley, Aretha Franklen, Marvin Gaye, Lagbaja, and Ebenezer Obey. All of these artists have influenced Asa in her own music today as you can hear in her songs, such as "Jailer." She was been nominated for Artist of the Year” and the “Best Female Act” at the 2008 MTV Africa Music Awards and for the “Best African Act” at the 2008 MOBO Awards. Her songs are either in Yoruban or English and are influenced by her experiences in Africa. I hope this talented sister will in the future be with the likes of Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, Angélique Kidjo and Lauryn Hill. From what I hear, she will.

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Jailer/Fire on the Mountaintop

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