[The Music Blog] Asa Encore: 3 mistakes from last year that should not be repeated


Asa’s first live concert experience happened last May, but despite an electrifying performance from the singer, the event was not unmarred by organisational flaws that could have been better handled. Asa would be taking the stage again this weekend and fans who didn’t get the Asa on stage treatment would get a second chance to see the award-winning singer on stage again. To save those of us who saw Asa’s first concert fall apart through the seams from witnessing the same reality twice in the same lifetime, here are 5 important things we do not want to see on Saturday.

A bad host

Last year’s host Olisa Adibua didn’t do a total wreck job of hosting Asa Live in Lagos, but his elitist often off-handed misogynist musings rubbed many in the audience wrong. A female host would be a better look for this encore concert for crowd appeal and control, while people like Olisa are relegated to the place of hype-men.

The Pre-Asa Set list

While we all waited for Asa to come on stage, a string of relatively unknown names in the industry took the stage to open for her. While this largely means Asa has played her part in creating a platform for upcoming talents, the lack of diversity in the line up signified her stage not been properly curated. All the opening acts on Asa’s stage were either unheard of, or could barely hold the audience’s attention. A more diverse setlist will not only ensure a wide range of talents take the stage, it will also keep all the various flavours that Asa represents intact.

Intermission for the big boys

Everything came to a alt at Asa Live in Concert last year when Olisa came on to announce Asa would not be taking the stage unless the big boys supposed to seat at the upper floors had been seated. This led to a near-twenty minute long interlude, while the show organisers filled the stage with more artists that were not Asa in a bid to stall for higher paying members of the audience to be seated at past midnight. For one who makes extremely human music, this level of classicism at her concert is a sloppy show of Nigerianness that should be kept away from this year’s encore.

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