Saturday, April 05, 2008

Asa in Concert

Someone I know posted a video of "Fire on the Mountain", the widely aclaimed single from Asa on her page a few months ago. I listened to it, it was quite good I thought and forgot all about it. As the months went by, she was mentioned by several people in various blog posts, on facebook and I finally got curious.

I watched the video of her interview on New dawn with Funmi, and she sounded so down to earth that I was intrigued. On her official homepage, you can listen to her various tracks. As I perused the page, I found that she would be playing inseveral locations Germany, and I found she would be playing in a city close to where I live!!!! Immediately I decided that I would be at the concert. Now, you have to know me for you to realise that it was not a very "selbstverstandlich" (logical) conclusion. In the whole of my 30year(in four weeks), I have only been to I think five concerts. Most were accidental attendances, as in my hubby wanted to go and I tagged along. The only other concert I had consciously decided to attend before now was a Shaggy concert in Moscow, and I didn't even pay for the ticket - I knew one of the organisers and he gave me a free ticket.

So, anyway, I decided to go to the concert (apart from the fact that I like her music and also do anything to support other hardworking Nigerians, I also needed a bit of a distraction). I immediately set my PR forces in motion -i.e. I sent an email to all my friends inviting them along. It turned out that one of those friends had bought an Asa CD accidentally in Nigeria over the christmas holidays, and she was immediately for it. She said she was going to invite some other friends of hers. I also decided to invite some of my colleagues, so it was a very jolly group of us that went along.

Meanwhile, I was able to buy the CD in Media Markt, an electronics store here, where I had also previously bought Ayo. For the first time, I listened to all the tracks including "So beautiful" which has become my favourite - when I sing "e bami kira fun mama mi, orisa bi iya ko si laye".....I sing it for my mother.
The concert was great - she knows how to work the stage! Everyone I spoke to enjoyed the concert and we all think she is going places. She is also very inspirational, I mean, her voice is not typical, and it must have taken a lot of determination to get where she is. I should take a cue from her wrt my book.....
We got a chance to speak briefly to her afterwards and also to take pictures with her. I even have an autographed CD to show for it!!!! In all, it was a great experience.


Chxta said...

I love her album as well, Subway is by far my best. I sometimes feel a little embarrassed that I acquired her album through my usual channels... :(

How are you?

Marin said...

Thanks, Chxta. I'm doing well.

I am trying to make it a point to acquire music through properly, especially our up and coming naija artistes to show my support.


Yes, i am beginning to find her inspiring. You can't help but look at her and realize that blood, sweat, tears and sheer determination have gotten her to where she is now. She is not the typical pop star or hip hop star. Instead, she is more likely an indie gem with serious Naija influences sprinkled on top. I can't withhold my respect for the babe anylonger even though I am yet to hear her entire album.

fasinathomas said...

Thank you for sharing this gem. We are so deprived of good music here in the states. I must find this CD here. I will also be buying for friends. She will probably get little airplay here(I hope I'm so wrong).

BLOG WATCH!!!! Don't forget to give credit if you borrow anything from this blog.