Photography by Raphael Frydman
LIVE AT KOKO
Tuesday 25th October 2011
Doors 7pm / Tickets £20
www.koko.uk.com 08444 771 000
The critically acclaimed new album ‘Beautiful Imperfection’ available now
The new single ‘Why Can’t We’ released 17th October 2011 on Dramatico Records
“She’s going to be a star” – The Guardian
Fresh from a successful summer that has seen her perform to festival audiences all across Europe, including at WOMAD, Asa [Asha] will bring her natural charisma and joyous playing to Camden’s Koko for a headline show in October, backed by her effortlessly accomplished band. The concert will see her mixing up songs from her most recent album, the pop-infused ‘Beautiful Imperfection’ – a collection of “intelligent, funked-up soul pop” (Mojo) - with cuts from her eponymous debut. Asa’s winning combination of a can-do outlook, easygoing melodies and sharp style is a breath of fresh air and has won plaudits everywhere she’s gone.
Asa will also release the third single from her latest album in October. ‘Why Can’t We’ is a breezy, infectious slice of carefree pop funk-rock. The accompanying promo video explodes into life in a blur of sharply defined pastel colours that complement the uplifting nature of this inimitable performer.
Born in Paris and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Asa’s music channels her love of western culture through the cultural prism of her homeland in her music and lyrics. Among the likes of Fela Kuti she was greatly inspired by the likes of Michael Jackson, Bob Marley and Lauryn Hill when growing up – the music providing an escape from a nation often rooted in turmoil. With a vivid imagination and a daydreaming side that she still acknowledges in her music today, Asa practised her stage moves from a young age and the transition to full-blown pop star has retained that playful sense of wonder and joy. Yet her lyrics are still informed by the troubles of her home, and three songs on her latest album were sung in her native Yoruba tongue.
‘Beautiful Imperfection’ was released in April and was launched with a sell-out co-headline show with Tiken Jah Fakoly at London’s Barbican. Named ‘Album of the Week’ by Radio 2, and critically acclaimed, it contains the toe-tapping, Clash-inspired first single ‘Be My Man’ as well as the more reflective ‘Maybe’ and ‘Dreamer Girl.’
Praise for Asa and ‘Beautiful Imperfection’:
**** - Mail on Sunday
“She’s very good at making mellow pop about life’s smaller tribulations … and when she gets her jazz groove on … you wish the songs would never end” -**** - The Guardian (http://bit.ly/qOthSF)
“Asa has the potential to springboard into the big time” - **** - Record Collector (http://bit.ly/rkQZ1m)
“Her second album … perfectly brings together her Nigerian roots with a radio-friendly, retro soul feel” – Buzz (The Sun)
“Brilliantly contemplative, soulful songwriting” - **** – Live (Mail on Sunday)
“Stunning from start to finish” - ****– Daily Record
“A soulful, poppy sound that’s distinctly easy on the ear” – Metro
“One to check out wherever you are coming from musically” – Daily Express