(pronounced äs-tü) is an Eritrean-American singer/songwriter based out of Oakland, California who is garnering critical acclaim with her premiere project Patterns (available now on all digital platforms).
Variance Magazine describes her sound as "...kin to some of Solange’s recent material with the whispering confidence of Kelela..." while KQED raves, "...a particularly insightful and self-assured debut, sure to count as one of the Bay Area's most notable releases this year."
Under the influence of her ministerial parents, ASTU began her musical journey at 5 years old singing gospel. Her love for music was shaped by her older brother’s passion for jazz and the blues. She continued to develop her skills by learning to play piano and write her own music.
When ASTU was finally ready to step out on her own musically, she connected with Oakland based producer Daoud Anthony to create her debut masterpiece. Patterns unabashedly captures the modern romance in all its vulnerability and volatility. It is her attempt to dissect the stories her generation repeats and the lens they view love through - all in hopes to break these hollow patterns that hold them back from it. ASTU's bold and honest lyrics explore her experiences of love, redemption and black womanhood.
ASTU is a natural performer and has been showcasing her talent all around the country since releasing Patterns and has partnered with Airbnb and Red Bay Coffee in Oakland to produce a series of carefully curated artist performances called “Channels.TV” that will run all year. ASTU is also a recent recipient of the highly coveted Zoo Labs Music Residency Program.