WHO ARE THESE GUYS ANYWAY?
Since 2009, The Asia Project has toured over 600 colleges with an acoustic music poetry act that has amazed audiences all over the country. On the microphone is Asia Samson: writer, poet and part-time ninja. He has been seen on HBO Def Poetry Jam and has shared the stage with such artists as Janelle Monae, Jill Scott, DMX, Mos Def, Dead Prez and KRS-One. Accompanying him on the guitar is his brother-in-law Jollan who uses music to create an atmosphere that brings poetry to emotional levels you would never expect. Together they have been featured on TEDx, Button Poetry, and was commissioned by Nokia Mobile to write a poem to help relaunch vintage mobile phones. They have broken college-booking records for the most booked poetry act garnering them the awards of APCA College Performer of the Year and thrice APCA Spoken Word Artist of the Year and most recently, was featured by NPR's Tiny Desk Contest.
Okay, so maybe Asia isn’t the ninja we said he was but we can guarantee-
you won't see them coming.
-Broke records for highest booked poetry act in the college market w/ over 600 shows since 2009
-3x Recipient of Assoc. for the Promotion of Campus Activities “Spoken Word Artist of the Year”
-1x Recipient of Assoc. for the Promotion of Campus Activities "College Performer of the Year"
-Featured on NPR's "Tiny Desk Contest"
-4x Featured Video at internationally known Button Poetry YouTube Channel
-Featured on HBO's "Russell Simmon's Def Poetry Jam"
_Featured at SoFar Sounds Ft Lauderdale
-Featured on BET's "Lyric Cafe"
-Featured on Black Family Channel's "Spoken"
-Commissioned by Nokia Mobile
-Speaker at TEDxSetonHall
-Featured for Disney's Event Planning
-Featured poet at legendary Nuyorican Poet's Cafe
-Featured poet at Hawaii Slam
-1x Team Champion Southern Fried Regional Poetry Slam
-3x Team Finalist Southern Fried Regional Poetry Slam
-3x Individual finalist Southern Fried Regional Slam Champion
-1x Team Finalist PSI National Poetry Slam
-1x Individual finalist Akoben Word Up Poetry Festival
-1x Team Champion Hot Air State Poetry Slam
-Performed w/ major label artists: Janelle Monae, MosDef, KRS-1, DeadPrez, DMX & Jill Scott
WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY
"I couldn't be more thrilled to be in business with The Asia Project. A class act in every way. We've never represented a poet or spoken word artist of any kind before at DEGY, and still only have one on the entire roster-- I know already that we will never sign anyone better!"
Ari Nisman (CEO/Founder, DEGY International Booking)
"One of my favorite storytellers. One of my favorite poets. One of my favorite human beings. It takes a special person/writer to unfold a story as carefully and tenderly as Asia. At the same time, there's such an acute and ugly honesty he never let's us escape. isn't that what makes a great piece of art? When so much has already tried to take our breath, his words offer up a vital aliveness- an inspirational nudge to keep it up/keep going...live! I'm grateful for our brother and all he offers to the world."
Sunni Patterson (HBO Def Poet)
"Asia is an amazing poet. Period. Legendary even. In the over 10 years that I have known Asia, I have watched him take a pastime and create a lifestyle that has become the epitome of how, with the right amount of discipline, dedication and determination, you can make a living doing exactly what you love. He is a fantastic artist, friend and role model who has never been afraid to broach topics most people would shy away from. In so doing, he has opened up a world to me that I never even considered, making him a fine example of grabbing life by the bullhorn and exclaiming your humanity to the world at the top of your lungs."
Akin "Shadow" Sawyer (President, Southern Fried Poetry Inc.)