Speaking to the Independent on Saturday this week, Asa, 37, said she drew her musical inspiration from personal experiences, observations and from people’s stories - such as those of love, arranged marriages and when parents don’t approve of their children’s choice of partner, among others. “I’m young. What stories could I have? I just hope I do a good service to the people whose stories I tell in my music.”
She said she was also content with solitude. “I’m a simple and ‘chilled’ person; I enjoy reading to an extent that I feel at times I don’t get any work done,” she said, referencing her latest read, Maximum City by Seketu Mehta, which she recommended highly.
She explained how her grandfather was the inspiration for one of her songs, Awe, meaning “hey you”. “Whenever he said Awe, you knew you were in trouble,” she said, joking.
On being a black female artist, Asa said there were challenges, and she advised up-and-coming musicians to believe in and trust in “the process”.