- Artist: Asa
- Runtime: 30 minutes, 10 Songs
- Genre: Afrobeats
Nigerian Afrobeats singer and songwriter, Asa, has released her long-awaited Album project "V".
Paris-born Nigerian musician Aṣa’s fifth album comprises a refreshing blend of pop, Afrobeats, neo-soul and R&B. This colourful meeting of genres, styles and generations pairs the singer-songwriter’s signature smoky vocals with breezy explorations of love. “V is about happiness, love, friendship and lots of joy,” she tells Apple Music. “It’s fresh and modern, but it’s also something you’re familiar with. I'm simply expressing being with the flow of things.” That sense of flow is influenced by both a sense of freedom and her locale. “Writing these songs at home meant the soil, air, food and sun all made contributions to the creation of this album,” she says. “The album was written entirely in front of water and that definitely contributed greatly to the songs because I was so calm. That solitude I love is something you’ll hear a lot on V.”
While the global pandemic may be synonymous with isolation, Aṣa’s cancelled tour resulted in serendipitous features with Afrobeats doyen Wizkid (“IDG”), alté maven Amaarae (“All I Ever Wanted”) and contemporary highlife outfit The Cavemen. (“Good Times”). “This album seemed to have a life of its own. A lot of the music was made out of the box, which I'm not used to doing,” Aṣa says. It was also helmed by 19-year-old producer P.Priime. “He has a wide range, and so his worlds and my worlds are coming together.” Here, Aṣa breaks V down, track by track.