ASA has just won the highly coveted French Constantin Award for new musical talent this Monday afternoon, 17th of November 2008. "I want to sing for the world, not just be seen as an African singer," said Asa in a recent interview with AFP. This special price was created in 2002 to celebrate the latest talent of the year, and in the list of precedent winners includes Avril, Mickey 3D, Cali, Camille, Abd Al Malik and Daphné last year. Asa won the seventh Constatin Price, after an organized concert for each artiste to perform any of her preferred tracks before a live audience at Paris' Olympia, This award was handed to her by Etienne Daho, president of the 19 man jury for the 2008 edition, she sang at the beginning of the show with guests as Camille and Katerine. Asa prevailed on the list of contending youngsters on stage, including talented artistes such as Dø, Cocoon, Moriarty, Julien Doré, Thomas Dutronc, Yael Naïm, Arman Méliès, Barbara Carlotti and Joseph d'Anvers.
The young woman appears amazed, falls in tears when she heard her name, saw her work be awarded since the release of her first eponymous album in 2007… during the publication of the ten nominated for this price one month ago, Etienne Daho have announced in silence this final victory.”The French production is feeling well, I think especially about Asa from Nigeria, who is realising a sublime disk” and Asa has said "I really feel too honoured to be a member of this nice artistes’ selection. If I win this price, that will make people know my music, and this is good. So many artistes will like to be at my place. It’s a real luck.”
The Constatin Price rewards exceptionally artistes whose disk has been produced in France, with the sole condition of the album not being a golden disk before being selected. This year, the list of the ten artistes has much feminine touch. Asa will surely get profit from a media display for the coming years.
(c) Qudus Onikeku reporting for myself