JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, June 14, 2019/ — After a five year hiatus from the world stage, platinum-selling, award-winning, Nigerian singer-songwriter, Aṣa, arrived on the shores of Southern Africa last week to headline at three of the continent’s most prestigious festivals. Kicking off her SA tour she took to Jozi and Swaziland last weekend and performed for thousands of dedicated fans across the two festivals. She rounded up her Southern African tour at Durban’s prolific music festival, Zakifo this past weekend and left her mark on the intense crowds solidifying her place amongst the other headliners as a lineup favourite.
Whilst in South Africa, Aṣa has been hard at work promoting her new single, shooting a music video with local Cape Town based film crew & has enjoyed time mingling with the likes of Zakes Bantwini. Whilst in Cape Town, the two African powerhouse creatives had the incredible opportunity to host a workshop at Bridges for Music’s Academy in Langa. Core topics discussed included the importance of staying true to one’s roots and to never give up on the dream. Both artists shared experiences of working across continents, the importance of developing a trusted team and shared advice about the world of music!
Bassline Festival was a chilled vibe, yet the energy was undeniable with an incredible African lineup. Aṣa raised the bar and took the crowd on a musical journey with her new single, ‘The Beginning’ and her other favourites and received cheers from the audience leaving her grateful and excited about the rest of her performances in the country.
Swaziland’s Bushfire Festival saw thousands flock to the festival grounds for the powerhouse lineup of African artists where Aṣa performed alongside other headline acts such as Moonchild & Eme, Mr Eazi, Black Motion and more, over the festival weekend. Aṣa delivered an electric performance wowing her big fans and local festival-goers from across the globe.
In a pilgrimage to her African roots, this jazz prodigy’s latest single, The Beginning, was released earlier in May and is currently featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday, Apple’s Future Hits and Deezer’s Nouveautés du Vendredi.
Inspired by a new direction in her musical journey, the song begins with Aṣa’s distinctive soft harmony and catchy melodies which, like a double edged sword, speaks to the comfort and suffering she has experienced as she reflects on the challenges faced in love and life. Written together with Sierra-Leonean singer-songwriter Patrice Bart-Williams, the lyrics are an emotional rollercoaster about the joy and sadness of longing to be close to your soulmate. “One of us must have a last say, words like a dagger we try to hurt each other”. This is just the beginning of what will undoubtedly be a bright new chapter in Aṣa’s illustrious career as she works towards the release of her next album in 2020.