Asa – “Jailer”

April 1, 2013

Songs/Featured Selection

Asa
Aṣa (pronounced “Asha”)

Asa fuses pop, r&b, world, funk, soul and reggae where she sings in both English and Yoruba.

“Jailer” was released in 2009 on her “Live in Paris” album/CD. The song is about « the irony of oppression, the one that operates in everyday life »
Asa’s album met recognition worldwide and the artist engaged in an extended tour including Europe, North America, Africa and Japan. Asa gained global recognition as a charismatic songstress with a trademark husky voice, unafraid to tackle serious issues with intelligence and confidence. « This Nigerian singer-songwriter might actually be a twenty-first century Bob Marley » — BBC Music

Aṣa was born in Paris, France to Nigerian parents. At the young age of 2 she and her family moved to Lagos, Nigeria where she was raised.

Souce: asa-official.com

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Video: Asa – Jailer
Album: Live in Paris, 2009
Label: naïve

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“Jailer”

I’m in chains you’re in chains too
I wear uniforms and you wear uniforms too
I’m a prisoner,
You’re a prisoner too Mr Jailer

I have fears you have fears too
I will die, you sef go die too
Life is beautiful
Don’t you think so too Mr Jailer

[Chorus:]
I’m talking to you jailer
Stop calling me a prisoner
Let he who is without sin –
Be the first to cast the stone Mr Jailer, Mr Jailer Man

You suppress all my strategies
You oppress every part of me
What you don’t know,
You’re a victim too Mr Jailer

You don’t care about my point of view
If I die another will work for you
So you treat me like a modern slave Mr Jailer

[Chorus]

You see, if you’re walking in a market place
Don’t throw stones
Even if you do, you just might hit
One of your own
Life is not about your policies
All the time
So you better rearrange your
Philosophies and be good to your Fellow man
Jailer

[Chorus x2]

I hear my baby say
I wanna be president
I wan chop money
From my government
What he don’t know
What he won’t know
What he can’t know
Jailer, Jailer oh
Be good oh [x3] somebody
Be good oh [x6]
Jailer, Jailer
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Biography

The story of Asa (pronounced Asha) begins in Lagos, Nigeria..
where she found a home in her father’s extensive and eclectic collection of records from soul classics to traditional Nigerian music. Starting to sing at a young age, Asa was inspired by the sounds and messages of artists such as Marvin Gaye, Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Sunny Ade and Ebenezer Obey who served as touchstones when she later began crafting her own songs. It wasn’t until she was studying in Paris that she truly formed her musical style, immersing herself in the songs of her musical contemporaries — Erika Badu, D’Angelo, Rafel Saadiq, Lauryn Hill and Angelique Kidjo.

Asa fuses pop, r&b, world, funk, soul and reggae in a debut eponymous album where she sings in both English and Yoruba. Featuring impeccable percussion, a funky Hammond organ and reggae-infused bass, the album has two stand-out tracks: Jailer, a song about “the irony of oppression, the one that operates in everyday life” and Fire In The Mountain. Asa’s album met recognition worldwide and the artist engaged in an extended tour including Europe, North America, Africa and Japan. Asa gained global recognition as a charismatic songstress with a trademark husky voice, unafraid to tackle serious issues with intelligence and confidence. “This Nigerian singer-songwriter might actually be a twenty-first century Bob Marley” — BBC Music

With her dreams fully in motion and with an array of experiences under her belt, Asa was in a purely positive frame of mind when crafting her new album, Beautiful Imperfection. The album’s lead single “Be My Man”, an up-tempo rock-tinged track with hints of 1960s soul, sees Asa in romantic mode, as she sweetly croons to her love interest. Guitar-driven “Why Can’t We”, laced with strong horns and beautiful harmonies is undoubtedly a toe-tapper. “The first album reflected my state of mind then. I had a lot to talk about — social and political issues. Beautiful Imperfection is different, it has more brightness. This time, I wanted to create something that would make people feel uplifted”.

Source:  http://www.asa-official.com

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