US: Asa's 'Beautiful Imperfection' debuts tomorrow


If international jazz sensation Asa had listened to her father, she would have ended up as just one of millions of desk-bound lawyers in the world.

The Nigerian, who now lives both in Nigeria and France, has been asked to headline next month's Arts Alive festival in Johannesburg. It is her disobedience and will to excel, however, that led the 28-year-old to become one of the hottest artists in music. Asa whose real name is Bukola Elemide, did not disrespect her father's wishes completely, however, as she studied law for two years before she used her tuition fees to enroll at a music school.

It was there that she learnt how to play the guitar and her gamble has paid off.

Asa presents her soulful and uplifting sophomore album, Beautiful Imperfection. Building upon the tremendous international success of her 2007 self-titled debut, Asa expands both her emotional and stylistic range on her follow-up. From the opening track, 'Why Can't We', it is apparent that Asa is exploring new territory with this collection of songs. While being anchored in the same timeless and heartfelt spirit of her debut, she has also grown as an artist and taken the next logical step in her evolution as a singer and songwriter. Asa first caught the ears of her global audience with her smoky voice and confident political messages, which were wrapped in deceptively sweet melodies and laid-back acoustic guitar strumming. On Beautiful Imperfection she has shifted her goal towards creating more joyous, uplifting music, while weaving together 60's soul, pop, reggae, rock, and more. Tracks like 'Be My Man' have a playful, up-tempo feel while others, such as closing track 'Questions,' are gorgeous, haunting ballads.

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