A regular fan's review of Asa Live In Lagos Concert

May 03, 2016 Naija girl next door 13 Comments


 Hey guys, how was your long weekend?
 I'm holding all planned posts to tell you how my YEAR was made with the Asa Live in Lagos Concert!
Don't you love her bob locs? 

Asa's music is beyond. She releases an album and it becomes the soundtrack to my life, whatever the subject.
     If Asa sings about heartbreak, it doesn't matter if you're in a fulfilling relationship or blissfully single, you gotta clutch your chest and howl about your broken heart.

That is what happened at that dream-come-true of a concert.
 It had been a long wait, nine years a fan and finally I see the Asa live in Lagos poster.

 I informed my sister that no jupiter would stop us from going. We got tickets and she paid for both. That is true love- Love is patient, Love is kind, Love takes you to see Asa.

    To let you know that she's a world class professional, the show started at 7pm just like Asa said. I got into the hall by 8:30pm so I missed some of the opening acts. Bez was performing, and after him Rachel Kerr. Great performances, but you know, I was all about the main attraction.

 Then Asa came on stage. We rose, cheered, roared and happily risked high tone deafness.
 She started with Awe, one of my personal favourites. She took us once again through the story again of Wahidi and the Aunty that he knocked up.
 "O l'oyun fun o/ iwo iwo naa" and the entire crowd as one cried out in time, "Wahidi! Omo Sekina, omo Muina! Omo Mohammed!" 
Yes sir I was in my zone.
      Then we had jams from her third album- we rejoiced with Eyo, thundered to Satan Be Gone, expressed our commitment issues with The One Who Never Comes.
All the feels.
Asa connected, and held us firmly throughout.
 I wish I could take you through every single song she performed but.

 Ah! When Cobhams came out <3
Imagine Cobhams' voice. Imagine Asa's. Now imagine them together on Beyonce's Halo no less. Real chills. I must have levitated on the magic that was that duet.

 We confronted our betrayers, real and imagined as we sang "so it was you/so it was you/ you picked up the knife and you cut me in two!" in Left for Dead.
     Awww, and the ode to her mother and all mothers- So Beautiful always moves me. I'm sending that one to my momma.

    Asa spoke to us at intervals. She was funny, witty. She was happy to be home performing for us finally; she shouted out the strong, beautiful ladies in the house (cue fists in the air and cheers); and when she paused a girl shouted "We love you!" and as we clapped and whooped our approval, I was thinking "Dang I should have done that". Lols.

My jam, The way I Feel! When she got to that "I feel there's gonna be an explosion" part, there was an actual explosion as her supercallifragilisticespiallidocius band delivered a rousing instrumental and Asa did that! Baby girl got moves, and when she busted out the shoki, the roof went offffff....

 Of course the classics- Fire On The Mountain, Jailer, Bibanke were the ones that got the most rooted attendees off their feet. Everyone knows those. It was like group karaoke. Our oyibo friends in the audience sef were all "Bibankeee bo jo ba n ro/ fimisile!"
     It was a mesmerising two hours that felt longer for its intensity and shorter because we didn't want it to end.
Asa is ________ (insert favourite slang eg Fire, Bomb, a beast!) and her concert was indescribable.
   She ended on a cheery note with Why Can't We, and then it was good night to us Regular folks. Time will come for VIP tickets  and it will be worth every cent to right in front of Asa's stage.
For now a Naija youth corps member has to cut her coat according to her khaki, even if someone else is paying.

You can see video clips, more pictures, more talk on social media with the hashtag #asaliveinlagos. It was trending yo! If the red carpet is your thing you'll see those too.

I saw this tweet:

Yassssss cosign, copy, paste, print and stamp!
I came to lose my voice. I mean, I could have posted the videos I took but I don't think anyone wants to hear my unflattering shrieks.

So, if you were in Regular, stage right; and you saw one small, light-skinned girl jamming with composure, that was my friend Kudi.


Puff life

Roseline, my sister, me, Kudi; before Asa came on.

Picture with my best friend


  1. Nice review Sandra. You're Asa's biggest fan. I also like the changes to your site. Great logo.

    1. Heyy thanks!
      I thought I was Asa's biggest fan before the concert but now I'm not so sure. Lol

  2. you write so well!! loved reading this!! Love Asa and I'm impressed they started early, that's one of the main reasons I don't attend shows here, so that's a good precedence!!

    1. Thanks Dabs! Let me screenshot for low days. Lol
      I was impressed too. It goes to show she is world class.

  3. You captivated me with this piece, at one point I felt like I was there, but at most point I pinched and beat myself for missing out. ASA is the real deal + chobams? I sure would have climbed the stage, you are still talking of loosing your voice. I missed o! Listening to a live concert of real talents always gives me chills and makes me appreciate GOD for creatin exceptional humans.

    1. Sisteh! If you had been there I would climbed up after you, after confirming the safety :p
      Always grateful to have you read Uju, thank you.

  4. I love love Asa but that's old news cos who doesn't?!! So jealous that you got to attend the concert.. I'll get her next time.. Btw, I love the new look on the blog.

    1. Abi? I hope she does another one soon enough. Thanks Ella

  5. Lol the writer has a good sense of humor. Great write up

  6. You wrote this pretty well.

  7. Lovely post! Now i'm sad I didn't go :(