Monday, December 8, 2008

New music: Asa

Actually, I'm not sure whether this counts as a fresh discovery or not... I heard it on Trevor Nelson's excellent Radio 2 show last week and, while he said it was a new release, Wikipedia reckons it came out in 2007.

Either way, the song is superb. It's called No-one Knows and it's by Asa (pronounced Asha) - born in Paris, raised in Nigeria, styled by Lauren Hill. She sings in both the West African dialect Yoruba and English, producing a funkyreggaesoul sound that's not a million miles away from Corrine Bailey Rae (in fact, Leeds and Lagos are only about 3,200 miles apart).

Her album is already out, but I'm guessing it's going to get a renewed push in 2009, given that Nelson was "bigging her up" on Radio 2.

Now there's a sentence I never thought I'd type.

Asa - No-one Knows

Asa - No-one Knows (acoustic on Jools Holland)

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