Nigeria: From Ella Fitzgerald to Wizkid, Aṣa’s radical turn

By Eva Sauphie
Posted on Friday, 13 May 2022 12:05

Nigerian singer Asa © ASA/PLATOON

With ‘V’, her fifth album, which she recorded in Lagos, Nigerian singer Aṣa has taken the time to reconnect with the local scene and collaborate with some big-name artists, like Wizkid.

Gone is the guitar-wielding, wise-cracking rocker look. Aṣa, whose real name is Bukola Elemide, has swapped her huge black glasses – her trademark since the beginning of her career – for flashy tinted lenses. She has even been daring enough to post pictures of herself wearing grillz, the favourite accessory of US rappers, on her Instagram account. This is a sign that the jazz enthusiast – who grew up listening to Ella Fitzgerald and her father’s vinyl records, from Marvin Gaye to Fela Kuti – has done a 180.