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Audio: Asa's "Why Can't We" (Plus NYC + LA Tour Dates)

Nigerian singer Asa is ready to bring her unique sound to American shores for the release of her sophomore album, Beautiful Imperfection. While her self-titled debut album combined a darker tone with a political undercurrent, her latest album combines 60’s soul, blues, pop, and rock into an uplifting sound that feels familiar but never derivative. The opening track, “Why Can’t We,” sets the tone for the rest of the album. It’s upbeat, soulful, and damn catchy. Her sunny demeanor is infectious, and I guarantee that it will lift you out of even the bleakest of moods.


Beautiful Imperfection is set for a September 6 release in the US (Naïve Records). If you can’t wait that long, and you happen to live in New York or L.A., Asa will be visiting both cities on her US tour (tour dates listed after the jump). Listen to "Why Can't We" below, and click here to download the track.

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ASA Tour Dates:

06/08: New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall

06/13: Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Cafe

Interview

Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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