Asa’s Fire on the Mountain, Jailer and Other Songs

By | November 15, 2007

A friend introduced me to Asa’s music sometime ago – actually, I listened to her Bi ban’ ke and instantly liked the sound of her voice. I stumbled on her Myspace page today, and from there went to her website. I tried out samples of her songs and I really liked it. I tried to buy the album on iTunes, but it was only available in the French store. Someone should tell iTunes to make their stores available globally.

Asa (pronounced asha) is a Nigerian lady who was born in Paris but grew up in Lagos. She later returned to Paris, where, according to her bio, she played with Les Nubians, Manu Dibango, Doctor L, and Tony Allen. Her first album was released on 16 October 2007. Sometimes, her lyrics are unpretentiously didactic, like in Fire on the Mountain and Jailer, but then, even those who don’t like ‘preachy’ songs will find her melody enchanting. Here is her Myspace page, and here is her website. Let’s know what you think!

  • http://www.szavanna.co.za/ Szavanna

    Hi there – thanks for this post – it is included in the 6th edition :
    http://belleafrique.blogspot.com/2007/11/beautiful-africa-6th-edition.html .

    Such great music!

    much greetings, anna

  • http://www.szavanna.co.za Szavanna

    Hi there – thanks for this post – it is included in the 6th edition :
    http://belleafrique.blogspot.com/2007/11/beautiful-africa-6th-edition.html .

    Such great music!

    much greetings, anna

  • KT

    Asha is simply great. I saw the video of the FOTM song and even though didactic, I found it great in its simplicity. Think of Bob Marley’s early (and late) medley hits.

    Warmth.

  • KT

    Asha is simply great. I saw the video of the FOTM song and even though didactic, I found it great in its simplicity. Think of Bob Marley’s early (and late) medley hits.

    Warmth.

  • moyo

    i really like asa’s songs also. got her album and its the best ive listened to from a nigeria. its totally brilliant and complete. from subway mix to mama etc. please wuld like to knwo where i can get her bi banke cos its not on her captivator album and thats like my favourite. thanks, moyo- lagos.

  • moyo

    i really like asa’s songs also. got her album and its the best ive listened to from a nigeria. its totally brilliant and complete. from subway mix to mama etc. please wuld like to knwo where i can get her bi banke cos its not on her captivator album and thats like my favourite. thanks, moyo- lagos.

  • Donald joe

    Hi Asha,
    i’m E.Donald joe,a cameroonian by nationality.To be very honest babe,your music is the best in Africa.As a matter of fact,you don’t have any rival.Keep it up babe,Africa is proud of you.

  • Donald joe

    Hi Asha,
    i’m E.Donald joe,a cameroonian by nationality.To be very honest babe,your music is the best in Africa.As a matter of fact,you don’t have any rival.Keep it up babe,Africa is proud of you.

  • http://groups.yahoo.com/group/daily_love OluwaCharles B

    ASA
    I was introduced to her singles “Eye Adaba” and “Iba” on radio and pinned for an album to own.
    About a yr later, I was taking an evening stroll one evening whe I heard her voice on a parked car’s stereo and had to go talk to the driver. He confirmed that “yes, Asa has a CD out”, I was ecstatic.
    I made a bee-line to my Music Vendor who (thankfully)had the album in stock.
    When I heard it, first thot that came to my head was “This girl is brave”.
    Her music style is simply “WAOW”, I love the ‘width’of her voice, the jazz feel is great and the mix with her local language is simply outta this world.
    She reminded me so much of the irish artist “Enya”. Now that I have Asa, I wonder who Enya is. :)
    Big ups Girl, lets know when and where your next concert is. And a video collection?
    By the way, I simply LOOOVE “Beautiful”
    I really think this lady is brave

  • http://groups.yahoo.com/group/daily_love OluwaCharles B

    ASA
    I was introduced to her singles “Eye Adaba” and “Iba” on radio and pinned for an album to own.
    About a yr later, I was taking an evening stroll one evening whe I heard her voice on a parked car’s stereo and had to go talk to the driver. He confirmed that “yes, Asa has a CD out”, I was ecstatic.
    I made a bee-line to my Music Vendor who (thankfully)had the album in stock.
    When I heard it, first thot that came to my head was “This girl is brave”.
    Her music style is simply “WAOW”, I love the ‘width’of her voice, the jazz feel is great and the mix with her local language is simply outta this world.
    She reminded me so much of the irish artist “Enya”. Now that I have Asa, I wonder who Enya is. :)
    Big ups Girl, lets know when and where your next concert is. And a video collection?
    By the way, I simply LOOOVE “Beautiful”
    I really think this lady is brave

  • OLAMIDE

    i just love her music.her kind of music is life

  • OLAMIDE

    i just love her music.her kind of music is life

  • cgift

    She is doing me proud. Loved her music the first time i heard it! Immediately rushed for the CD. Looking forward to anther album from her. Loved Ojumo, Iba, Mama, Jailer (original and remixes), subway, 360 degrees, Fire on the mountain, i think that is almost all :)

    Keep it up sis!

  • cgift

    She is doing me proud. Loved her music the first time i heard it! Immediately rushed for the CD. Looking forward to anther album from her. Loved Ojumo, Iba, Mama, Jailer (original and remixes), subway, 360 degrees, Fire on the mountain, i think that is almost all :)

    Keep it up sis!

  • Benjamin

    ever since i listen to Asa songs thats been a lots of change in the way i reason with about life,
    am being touch and can see the world is for me to explore.

    thanks for bringing into my life another me in the lime-light and i believe i can make myself soar so high into the sky.

    am a singer, a male one for matter and i have the texture of a female delibration in voicing ,
    and i think i can make it through singign

  • Benjamin

    ever since i listen to Asa songs thats been a lots of change in the way i reason with about life,
    am being touch and can see the world is for me to explore.

    thanks for bringing into my life another me in the lime-light and i believe i can make myself soar so high into the sky.

    am a singer, a male one for matter and i have the texture of a female delibration in voicing ,
    and i think i can make it through singign

  • darmy

    I am a soulrapper based in nigeria,Asa i will say is my pride bcos her stage name happen to be my own surname.Asa is tha undisputed heavylyrics champ of African music

  • http://none darmy

    I am a soulrapper based in nigeria,Asa i will say is my pride bcos her stage name happen to be my own surname.Asa is tha undisputed heavylyrics champ of African music

  • Ade Ilori

    As a filmaker based in CA,US She is very awesome and i pray she would be able to bring her talent to the United States.She is very talented

  • Ade Ilori

    As a filmaker based in CA,US She is very awesome and i pray she would be able to bring her talent to the United States.She is very talented

  • Hamis

    Hello, thanks for the links!
    I’ve been looking for information on Asa for quite a while and this helped me quite a bit…
    I stumbled accross Asa’s music on the radio qith the now quite known “Fire on the mountain” and wanted to get her album… Which by the way is extremelly pleasant, with relaxing, easy flowing music, soft, melodic but still strong voice.
    I feel like her melodies really invite one’s mind to wander out the window and makes you want to leave your body and take of…
    Anyway, great, really great album from Asa!

  • Hamis

    Hello, thanks for the links!
    I’ve been looking for information on Asa for quite a while and this helped me quite a bit…
    I stumbled accross Asa’s music on the radio qith the now quite known “Fire on the mountain” and wanted to get her album… Which by the way is extremelly pleasant, with relaxing, easy flowing music, soft, melodic but still strong voice.
    I feel like her melodies really invite one’s mind to wander out the window and makes you want to leave your body and take of…
    Anyway, great, really great album from Asa!

  • Teehigh

    just to say that i appreciate your kind of music and i must say you are a harworking nigerian female musician. most female artistes can’t even score a song nonetheless play an instrument. this album is really a hit form song 1 to the very last – it’s like taking a bottle of soft which you enjoy so much an you are not looking forward to see the last drop. i hope to see you play live one of these days in lagos. i particularly enjoyed the one dedicated to a mother. thanks for making us proud.

  • Teehigh

    just to say that i appreciate your kind of music and i must say you are a harworking nigerian female musician. most female artistes can’t even score a song nonetheless play an instrument. this album is really a hit form song 1 to the very last – it’s like taking a bottle of soft which you enjoy so much an you are not looking forward to see the last drop. i hope to see you play live one of these days in lagos. i particularly enjoyed the one dedicated to a mother. thanks for making us proud.

  • Adetutu

    just to holla u, the first time i heard it song! i so much Loved her music

  • Adetutu

    just to holla u, the first time i heard it song! i so much Loved her music

  • BABALOLA DEJI

    you are the best asa.COME ON SHOW THEM THE STUFF YOU MADE OF. this from Deji,NIGERIA.08055823235

  • BABALOLA DEJI

    you are the best asa.COME ON SHOW THEM THE STUFF YOU MADE OF. this from Deji,NIGERIA.08055823235

  • SCHNEIDER BUSAYO KOMOLAFE

    i don’t know what to write but i just say keep up the good work

  • SCHNEIDER BUSAYO KOMOLAFE

    i don’t know what to write but i just say keep up the good work

  • agwaze simon

    i love ur musik nd wil b hapy 2 meet wit u in nigeria.

  • agwaze simon

    i love ur musik nd wil b hapy 2 meet wit u in nigeria.

  • Akinmojin Victor

    you are the best I ve ever seen ASA.I love to get in touch with you that is my prayer for life. I appreciate the stuff you are made of. this from VICTOR,NIGERIA.07092038891

  • Akinmojin Victor

    you are the best I ve ever seen ASA.I love to get in touch with you that is my prayer for life. I appreciate the stuff you are made of. this from VICTOR,NIGERIA.07092038891

  • Mustapha Adebola

    Asa is and will always be an inspiration all over the world.
    The music simply speaks for itself! There is just one question I will like to ask- Who are Asa’s mentors?
    Thanks for the prompt reply.

  • Mustapha Adebola

    Asa is and will always be an inspiration all over the world.
    The music simply speaks for itself! There is just one question I will like to ask- Who are Asa’s mentors?
    Thanks for the prompt reply.

  • ONI EMMANUEL O

    Asa is a multitalented artist (she sings and she plays instruments) that’s great,but we’ve not heard much of her of recent.CAN THE NIGERIAN GOVT AND PROMOTERS HELP LIFT HER TO HIGHER GROUNDS. IF OUR POLITICS IS WOBBLING AND FOOTBALL IS CRUMBLING. AT LEAST OUR MUSIC IS STILL WORLD CLASS

  • ONI EMMANUEL O

    Asa is a multitalented artist (she sings and she plays instruments) that’s great,but we’ve not heard much of her of recent.CAN THE NIGERIAN GOVT AND PROMOTERS HELP LIFT HER TO HIGHER GROUNDS. IF OUR POLITICS IS WOBBLING AND FOOTBALL IS CRUMBLING. AT LEAST OUR MUSIC IS STILL WORLD CLASS

  • adeniyi

    hmmmmmm i do not tink there is a soul on planet earth that loves,appreciates and is readily prepared to take asa to d next level as i am.asa's music is altogether captivatin,informative,educatin and reflecting.to me she is indeed a true picture of modern day music worthy of emulation.Long live mother of nigerian soul music revolution.i serve as your ambassedor to the region i reside.Kaduna state NIGERIA

  • adeniyi

    hmmmmmm i do not tink there is a soul on planet earth that loves,appreciates and is readily prepared to take asa to d next level as i am.asa's music is altogether captivatin,informative,educatin and reflecting.to me she is indeed a true picture of modern day music worthy of emulation.Long live mother of nigerian soul music revolution.i serve as your ambassedor to the region i reside.Kaduna state NIGERIA

  • idris

    well i really thing she is the one of the best ,i really love her so much idris

  • idris

    well i really thing she is the one of the best ,i really love her so much idris

  • austin jeremiah

    Oh asa she is like a mother, a friend, a role model,a wife which i we like my wife to be like in time to come. asa God bless u and ur family.