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Yemi Alade – Mama Africa (Artist Review)

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Yemi Alade is a Nigerian female singer and songwriter who has toured several African countries doing what she knows how to do best. She is a member of the famous pop singer list and is best known for her acclaimed 2013 single, “Johnny”.

Born Yemi Eberechi Alade popularly known as Yemi Alade on 13th March, 1989 in Abia State. Her father, James Alade was a police commissioner and a native of Ondo state while her mother Helen Uzoma is from the Igbo tribe. She is the fifth of seven children.

Yemi Alade became known when she won the Peak Talent Show in 2009. Afterwards, she released three singles from King of Queens Album: “Johnny”, “Tangerine”, and “Kissing”. Johnny was an international hit in many countries including Nigeria, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, South Africa, Liberia,Uganda and United Kingdom.

In addition, Yemi has worked with several producers including Shady, Bizniz, Beat Nation, Young D, Philkeyz, Gospel On De Beatz, DIL, Mr Chidoo, Fliptyce, OJB Jezreel and EL Mcee.

On October 2nd, 2014, Yemi Alade released the full album of King of Queens with 17tracks: ‘Why‘, ‘Pose‘, ‘Duro Timi‘ ‘Catch You‘, ‘Money‘ and ‘I like you’, among others. The album was produced by her record label, Effyzzie Music Group.

King of Queens, which was her first studio album featured guest appearances like Bovi, Chidinma, Phyno, DIL, Diamond Platinum of Tanzania as well as R2Bees of Ghana. Yemi Alade promoted the album in several African countries including Kenya, Ghana and South Africa.

A better version of the ‘King of Queens’ was released in November, 2014. She added the French version of her songs which was initially performed in English. The album sold over 100,000 copies, according to the music platform, A Nation of Billions.

On March 25th, 2006, Yemi Alade hit the studio with another album, “Mama Africa” which was released by Effyzzie Music Group. Mama Africa was produced by GospelOnDeBeatz, Selebobo, Coublon, Philkeys, BeatsByEmzo, Mr Chidoo, Mastercraft and Rotimi Keys.

The album was a follow up of her first album. She featured guest like P-Square, Sauti Sol, Flavour N’anabi, Sarkodie, Rotimi Keys, Selebobo and DJ Arafat. The track includes six singles: ‘Na Gode‘, ‘Ferrari‘, ‘Kom Kom‘, ‘Do As I Do‘, ‘Africa’, and ‘Tumbum‘. Mama Africa was available on iTune for pre-order a week before its release.

Just like she did with King of Queens, she also released a deluxe edition of Mama Africa on April, 6, 2016 featuring guest appearances from South Africa: Bucie and AKA.

On 15th December 2017, she launched another album titled Black Magic released by her record label, Effyzzie Music Group. In this album, Yemi Alade featured previously released songs like, ‘Knack Am‘, ‘Single and Searching‘ and ‘Heart Rubber‘.

Yemi is a brand Ambassador to premium brands like Closeup Toothpaste and The Online Jewellery Store, among others. She is also the first female entertainer to hit over one million youtube subscribers.

 

Albums

– King of Queens
– Mama Africa: The Diary of an African Woman
– Woman of Steel
– Black Magic

 

Awards and Nominations

– YEM Awards nominated her as the Most Promising Female – 2013
– MOBO Awards nominated her as the Best African Act – 2014
– City People Entertainment Awards nominated her as the Female Musician of the Year – 2014
– Nigeria Entertainment Awards nominated her as the female artist of the year – 2014
– BET Awards nominated her as the Best International Act: Africa – 2015
– MTV Africa Best Female Award – 2015 & 2016
– WatsUp TV nominated “Want You” as African Video of the Year, Best African Female Video, Best African Pop Video and Best African Dance Video – 2016
– WatsUp TV nominated “Ferrari” as Best African Traditional Video – 2016