Bukola Elemide, born September 17, 1982, professionally known as Aṣa, is a Nigerian-French singer, songwriter, and recording artist. She was born in Paris to Nigerian parents who were studying cinematography in France. Asa grew up in Lagos State, Nigeria.
|Full Name:||Bukola Elemide|
|Date of Birth:||September 17, 1982|
|Place of Birth:||Paris, France|
|State of Origin:||Ogun State|
|Occupation:||Singer & Songwriter|
|Net Worth:||$28 million|
Early Life and Education
Asa was born in Paris to Nigerian parents who were both employed and enrolled in film school there. After she turned two, her family relocated back to Nigeria.
Her parents are native to Itoku, a local government area in Ogun State, Nigeria, and Abeokuta.
Asa was born and raised in Lagos City, which is located in the southwest of Nigeria, but she moved back to Paris 18 years later, to pursue her music career.
She is the family’s fourth and only female child, and she has three brothers.
Asa’s appreciation for great music grown throughout the years as a result of the collection her father amassed for his job as a cameraman.
These albums contained legendary musicians including Marvin Gaye, Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Aretha Franklin, King Sunny Adé, Diana Ross, Nina Simone, and Miriam Makeba, as well as American, Nigerian, and African soul classics. Asa found inspiration in her father’s song collection.
Asa met her manager and friend Janet Nwose in 2004. Through their friendship, they were introduced to Cobhams Emmanuel Asuquo, who went on to produce Asa’s debut studio album (Asha).
At the age of 20, Asa traveled back to France to attend the IMFP school of Jazz music. There, she was advised by the instructors to pursue her dream of becoming a recording artist because she was capable and did not require further education.
Her debut hit, “Eyé Adaba,” was starting to gain radio back in Nigeria then she signed with Nave Records.
She co-produced Cobhams Asuquo’s platinum-selling self-titled album with them, and with the addition of Christophe Dupouy and Benjamin Constant.
Asa entered the radio charts after the album’s release in Europe, Asia, and Africa. In 2008, a jury of 19 music industry experts in Paris selected Asa as the best new talent out of 10 singers or groups, and she went on to win the prestigious French Constantin Award.
She collaborated with French composer Nicolas Mollard on her second album, Beautiful Imperfection, which was published on October 25, 2010, and it was certified platinum in 2011.
Be My Man, the album’s main track, was made available to the public in late September 2010. Asa reportedly sold 400,000 albums globally by the year 2014.
Bed of Stone, Asa’s third studio album, was made available in August 2014 with singles such as “Dead Again,” “Eyo,” “Satan Be Gone,” “The One That Never Comes,” and “Moving On”.
Between 2015 and 2017, she undertook a global tour.
She debuted a new single on May 14 titled “The Beginning,” then on June 25 she debuted a new single titled “Good Thing.”
On February 25, 2022, she released her fifth album, “V,” which featured artists including Wizkid, The Cavemen, a Nigerian highlife duo, and Ghanaian singer Amaarae.
Asa Net Worth
Asa is a Nigerian composer, recording artist with an estimated net worth of $28 million. She one of the country’s most well-known musicians.
Asa is single and not yet married. The singer was previously in a relationship which ended later.
Asa claims that because she is a selfish person, potential partners have a hard time adjusting to her daily routine and mentality.
She also cited a past relationship in which she had a spouse who respected her need for privacy.
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