Asa to release Mercer St. Records debut + watch video; tour dates w/ Femi Kuti


Culturally conscious singer-songwriter Asa (pronounced Ah-shah) releases her self-titled debut on Downtown Records' new imprint Mercer St. Records on January 27, 2009.

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The label, Mercer Street, was created as a vibrant outlet for eclectic adult-oriented and world music artists.

The debut paints a vivid landscape rich in history and deep in its influences. Born in Paris but transplanted to Nigeria where she would spend the remainder of her childhood and adolescence, Asa returned to her birthplace in 2004 and immersed herself in the music of the city. The result is a collection of provocative and savvy songs that are as strikingly personal as they are collectively universal.

Watch "Jailer" video live on French TV:

The story of Asa begins in Lagos, Nigera where she found a home in her father's extensive and eclectic collection of records that ran the gamut from soul classics to traditional Nigerian music. Starting to sing at a young age, Asa was inspired by the sounds and messages of artists such as Marvin Gaye, Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Sunny Ade and Ebenezer Obey who served as touchstones when she later began crafting her own songs.

It wasn't until she was studying in Paris that she truly formed her musical style, immersing herself in the songs of her musical contemporaries - Erika Badu, D'Angelo, Rafel Saadiq, Lauryn Hill and Angelique Kidjo.

Asa's first US Tour Dates opening for Femi Kuti January 2009 except where noted:

(Dates and information subject to change.)

1/19 - NY - Joe's Pub (Solo)
1/22 - SF - The Fillmore
1/23 - LA - House of Blues
1/24 - San Diego - House of Blues
1/26 - LA - Hotel Cafe? (Solo)

Photo Credit: Andreas Terlaak

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