Asa Biography, Net Worth, Songs, Albums, Age; All to Know

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Are you looking to know more about Asa biography, net worth, songs, albums, age, and more? This post covers all you need to know about this sensational soul musician.

Asa Biography – An Introduction

The Nigerian music space has undoubtedly evolved over the years.

In recent times, Nigerian music appeals to international audiences without necessarily losing that African vibe and sound. This is thanks to musical giants like Wizkid, Burna Boy, Olamide, Davido, Fireboy, and Rema – just to mention a few.

One cannot talk about the exponential and steady growth of the Nigerian music industry without mentioning one of its icons – Asa.

This post is a biography of this living musical legend.

Strap in for a quick ride through the life of the “Fire on the Mountain” crooner. 

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Bukola Elemide, popularly called Asa (pronounced “Asha”) was born in Paris to Nigerian parent, Akin Elemide. She was born on September 17, 1982 (this places her current age at 38 in 2021).

At the time of her birth, her parents were working and studying cinematography.

She is a talented Nigerian-French songwriter and singer.

Asa Early Childhood

Asa grew up with three other siblings – all of which were boys.

After 2 years in Paris, her family moved back to Nigeria to start a new life.

Her father continued in the line of cinematography by taking wedding and event video shoots. Her mother, on the other hand, started running a shop. 

Unfortunately, her parents’ marriage hit a stone wall, which led to their divorce.

While this situation was an uncomfortable and terrible one for her as a child, it might have been the source of her inspiration to venture into the music space.

She spent most of her pre-teen and teen years in Jos, Plateau State. From there, she moved back to Lagos at the age of 18. 

She initially attended Corona High School in Lagos, before she transferred to the Federal Government College in Jos.

After her high school years, she gained admission to the Lagos State University to study Theatre Arts and Music.

That was her dream since she was young. 

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At the age of 20, she made a move back to Paris. This move would signal the beginning of something truly magnificent and legendary. 

Asa Inspiration and Muse

Bukola’s love and type of musical sound were built through the influence of exquisite classics by legendary musicians. Musicians such as Fela Kuti, Lagbaja, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Miriam Makeba, King Sunny Ade, Ebenezer Obey, and Bob Marley.

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Asa’s Career

Before making her move back to Paris, she released “Eye Adaba,” a soul-touching song that many still play till this very day.

The success of the song in Nigeria was only a glimpse of what was to come as this immaculate singer hoped to hone her musical skills in Paris.

She started by taking a course at the IMFP School of Jazz Music. 

Later on, her friend and manager, Janet Nwose, found her an audience with another Nigerian musical wizard, Cobhams Asuquo.

Asa Albums

Their meeting bore many fruits, including her first studio Album which she named Asa (released 2007). Since then, the world has been blessed with a couple more Asa albums.

During this period, she signed to the Paris-based record label, Naïve Records.

Considering that ‘Asa, the album’ went Platinum and was at the top of charts across Africa, Europe, and Asia, one can say that her first studio album was a massive success.

The success of Asa’s first album won her the French Constantine award in 2008. 

Asa Second Album

3 years after her first album, Asa in collaboration with French composer Nicolas Mollard, blessed the world with her second album, “Beautiful Imperfection.”

The world wasn’t ready for the rave her album would make, especially with her lead single “Be my man.”

Once again, another Asa album went Platinum and it was starting to look all too easy for her. 

Her exploits and undeniable talent earned her a nomination in the 2011 edition of the French Music Awards Victoires de la Musique nomination for “Female Artist of the Year”.

In 2014, she released another studio album named “Bed of Stones.” In what would seem like an irony, the songs on the album resonated of nothing but peace, calm, and harmony – the type that only Asa could pull off.

The most notable Asa songs on this album are “Eyo”, “Dead Again”, “Satan Be Gone”, “The One That Never Comes” and “Moving On.”

She went on an album-promoting world tour between 2015 and 2017.

She released another album in 2014, titled The Captivator.

Her fourth studio album, Lucid, come out on October 11, 2019.

Asa’s ‘The Beginning’ was also released in 2019, alongside other singles. 

Asa Style of Music and Performances

Her soothing sound, dreadlocks, and guitar soon became internationally-recognized signature symbols. With these, you’d know it was Asa singing without anyone telling you so.

She has performed at quite several events such as the Sydney Festival in 2011, with Fefe, and at the Montreux Jazz Festival with Seal.

She also held a Live In Concert at Lagos – a performance that can only be described with one world – Magical.

Many say that to listen to the best of Asa, you need to watch her perform live. But you can enjoy the best of this musical genius anywhere and anytime. 

Her musical dexterity and lyrical prowess has made a couple of individuals and organizations refer to her as the 21st century Bob Marley.

This is no fluke because she makes a type of music that only she can make. 

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Asa Personal Life

No one knows too much about Asa’s personal life, because she a reserved individual, both on social media and in real life.

This is somewhat observable in her songs and live performances.

This lack of gist about her personal life led to the spread of rumors concerning her sexuality.

However, she quickly shot down these rumors by stating that she was not a lesbian. She went as far as taking legal action against the media houses responsible for spreading the rumors. 

According to her, she lost her virginity at a relatively late age of 28.

It’s not something she’s necessarily proud of, and she says it was because she was so focused on her music career that the thought of sex was inexistent. 

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Other Achievements of Asa

Asides from mainstream music, Asa has jumped on a couple of soundtrack appearances, some of which include:

  • 2009: “The Place To Be” – a soundtrack for GTBank
  • 2007: “Kokoya” – on the soundtrack to the film The First Cry
  • 2011: “Zarafa” – a soundtrack for the animation movie Zarafa

She has also won other Nigerian awards such as: 

  • Recording of the year – Bibanke by Asa Headies 2008
  • Headies Awards Album of the year – Asa 2008
  • Headies Next Rated Award- Asa 2006

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Asa Biography

Is Asa Married?


During an interview with Bolanle Olukanni in December 2020, Asa disclosed to the world that she is still very single.

According to her, this is because she has become selfish with herself and her time. 

Where is Asa from?

Asa was born in Paris, France to Nigerian parents.

Her parents are indigenes of Itoko, Abeokuta South Local Government Area, Ogun State, Nigeria. 

How old is Asa?

Asa is 38 years.

She was born on 17 September, 1982 and will clock 39 by September 2021.

Who is Asa’s boyfriend?

ASA has recently revealed that she is currently single.

Taking this into consideration, it is best to say Asa does not have a boyfriend as of the beginning of 2021.

What is Asa’s net worth?

There is no official source, like Forbes, that specifies the exact net worth of Asa.

This makes it hard to say with confidence what she is worth, but we bet she is amongst the richest female artists in Nigeria.

What is ASA’s real name?

Asa’s real name is Bukola Elemide.

What does Asa stand for?

In Yoruba, which is her home culture language, Asa stands for Hawk – a predatory bird of the wild.  

How do you pronounce Asa?

“Asa” is pronounced as “A-sha-a”

Is Asa a girl’s name?


However, since “Asa” was only a nickname given to Bukola when she was young, the name may be unisexual. 

How to download Asa albums?

You can visit any of the popular streaming sites like Apple Music, Audiomack, YouTube Music, Spotify, and others to download the albums of the Bibanke crooner. 

Conclusion on Asa Biography

The “Jailer” crooner is an epitome of musical genius and a beacon of hope to many Nigerians and foreigners.

Her songs of hope, love, and peace, and soothing rhythms will reverberate across the expanse and depths of the world for many years to come.

This biography of Asa was written to give the world a peek into her private life, and we sure hope you enjoyed every bit of it. 

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