French-Nigerian singer Asa rose to fame in 2007 with her first album and since then a impressive career of successful albums, singles, tours and collaborations has followed. She has just recently released her album, “Lucid”, which was composed between Paris and Lagos, and is produced by Marlon B. (M, Benjamin Clémentine).
She recently released the second track off of that album,“Good Thing”, which was remixed by record-producer and record executive Zakes Bantwini.
How has your African heritage contributed to your overall sound, in bringing something original to the international market?
“Growing up, I was surrounded by music. Singing is so natural in Africa; If you can walk, you can sing. Everyone’s got rhythm in them and this was typical of my childhood. My father had a huge collect of records from everywhere. I guess it helped shape my sound.”
You’ve loved, been hurt, and used it to inspire your writing – what is your view on love now and how has the song writing helped you deal with the heartbreak?
“When I love, I love fully. I love hard. I don’t how to do it Half and half.
But the process brings out your soul from its hiding place. That’s what gives me the inspiration to write. I would say time heals.”
You have had quite a journey – is there one particular moment that stands out for you?
“When I travel to countries like Japan or Kenya, for the first time and thousands of people sing my songs back to me. And I ask how? I guess I can never get used to that. It is very emotional for me.”
Out of your whole catalogue of songs, which song of yours best represents Asa now?
“Murder In The USA.”
This was the first song on Aşa’s album, which alludes to a crime: “Who’s gonna save me now / I shot my lover and I ran away”.
Asa says that this was a cathartic song for her and that this majestic end to a relationship is also the starting point of the album. “I write in mirror image. I was in a destructive relationship. I hadn’t realised that this person was so toxic. If I continued to fall and fall some more, what would happen?”
You have collaborated with so many incredible producers and musicians – is there anyone else you would love to collaborate with in the future and why?
“When it comes to collaborations, I do not have a specific person that I would like to collaborate with. I stay open all the time, for new and interesting projects.”
Trapped on a desert island – you can only take one album with you, which album would that be and why?
“Micheal Kiwanuka- Home Again- It is a great record. If I ever get trapped on a desert island I will never feel alone. There’s just something about that album that makes you feel warmth, like you are surrounded by good people.”