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Asa: Beautiful Imperfection
 
 
Artist
Asa, guitar & vocals. Roman Chelminski, guitar. Benjamin Constant, piano. Laurent Vernerey, bass. Regis Ceccarelli, drums, & others.
Label Naïve
Format CD
Runtime/Release Date 57'33/2011
UPC 3298498221121
Daedalus Item Code 19328
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This Paris-born Nigerian pop/soul singer has an alluring, lyrical voice as well as impressive songwriting chops and a cosmopolitan groove. Reggae and ska inform several of her arrangements, and she sings a few tunes in Yoruba.

"A thing of beauty—a socially conscious, rhythmically sophisticated record inspired by, but not overly indebted to, torchbearers such as Bob Marley, Fela Kuti and Lauryn Hill."—Washington Post

"An album of uplifting tunes that reach toward a lover ('Be My Man'), the divine ('Preacher Man'), but mostly inward in the neo-soulish, I-just-gotta-be-me tradition of a Jill Scott or Macy Gray…. Her French band is sharp; there are lovely touches throughout, like the trombone on 'Be My Man' or slide guitar on 'OK, OK.' It adds up to a record that's full of charm … a tremendous talent."—Boston Globe

"Asa's singing is neither gimmicky nor histrionic, but she has a lovely warm tone and an impressive range, in pitch and across material that ranges from the lightest lovers' rock to Angélique Kidjo–style dance grooves. She sings in English and Yoruba, but somehow this disc still manages to sound romantically Parisian."—Boston Herald

 
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