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Asa 7 things you didn't know about the singer/songwriter

Spotting her signature dread locks and quirky glasses, Asa has through the years won hearts with her soulful voice and haunting lyrics.

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Born Bukola Elemide in Paris, France, singer/songwriter, Asa won hearts across the world with her soulful voice and in-depth lyrics.

With her dread-locked hair, quirky glasses and guitar, she earned a place as the de-facto patron saint of the cerebral, boho-chic Nigerian. But asides her mean singing and guitar skills, there's much more to the 'Bed of Stone' artiste than music and lyrics.

Here are 5 things you probably didn't know about Asa.


  1. Grew up in Ogun state: Although she was born in Paris, she returned to Nigeria when she was 2 years old and lived with her family in Alagbole, Ogun state. As the only girl with 3 brothers, she would often look after the house by herself owing to the fact that her parents were frequently away from home.

  2. She almost quit music: While she was a guest on 'The Midday Show With Toolz' on the Beat 99.9fm, the award-winning singer admitted that she had serious doubts about her third and latest album and decided to give up singing at some point even going as far as enrolling in the University of London to study something else.

  3. She prays in Yoruba: Asa who speaks French often laces her lyrics with Yoruba and admits that she's very at home with this being that Yoruba is her native language. She also admitted to praying in her native tongue as she believes 'God listens faster in Yoruba'

  4. Only drinks water: When asked what the worst rumour she'd ever heard about herself was on 'The Midday Show With Toolz' she revealed that it was the fact that she took drugs. 'It doesn't even make sense, I only just take water, for Chrissake' she had declared in exasperation.

  5. She recorded her latest album twice: The "Bed of Stone" artiste shared that she faced a few challenges with her latest album and even had to record it twice because the first one didn't feel true to her. Eventually, she embarked on a few challenging activities like driving 18 hours from Nashville to New York in search of inspiration - and love.

  6. She likes Olamide's 'Duro Soke': Do we see a possible collaboration between Olamide and Asa in the future? The 'Eyo' singer revealed that she likes Olamide with 'Duro Soke' being her favourite track from the artiste.

  7. The title 'Bed of Stone' was inspired by her dead dog: In explaining the title of her album, Asa revealed that while writing the song 'Bed of Stone', she got the news that her dog, Fifi who she'd had since the time of the release of her first album, passed away. This, in addition to the fact that she'd gone through a lot of challenges in recording the album informed her decision to title the album after the song which captured the mood and essence of the album.


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