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Yemi Eberechi Alade (born 13 March 1989), simply known as Yemi Alade, is a Nigerian Afropop singer and songwriter. She gained prominence after winning the Peak Talent Show in 2009, and is best known for her hit single "Johnny".[1][2][3]

Yemi Alade
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Background information
Native name
Eberechi
Birth nameYemi Eberechi Alade
Also known asMama Africa
Born (1989-03-13) March 13, 1989 (age 30)
Abia State, Nigeria
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2005–present
LabelsEffyzzie Music Group, Universal Music Africa
Associated acts
Websiteyemialadeofficial.com

Early lifeEdit

Yemi Eberechi Alade was born in Abia State, Nigeria, to James Alade and Helen Uzoma. Her father is a police commissioner of Yoruba descent while her mother is of Igbo descent, resulting in her being referred to as the Yoruba-Igbo girl. A native of Ondo State, South West, Nigeria, Alade is the fifth born of seven children in her family. She went to St. Savior British Primary School and later attended Victory Grammar School in Lagos. Alade studied geography at the University of Lagos.[4]

Music careerEdit

2014–present: King of Queens and Mama AfricaEdit

Yemi Alade's debut studio album King of Queens was released on October 2, 2014, by Effyzzie Music Group. Alade collaborated with producers such as Selebobo, Sizzle Pro, Shady Bizniz, Philkeyz, Young D, GospelOnDeBeatz, DIL, OJB Jezreel, Mr Chidoo, Fliptyce, EL Mcee and Beat Nation. The album was preceded by three singles: "Johnny", "Tangerine" and "Kissing". It features guest appearances and skits from Bovi, R2Bees, Phyno, Chidinma, DIL, Selebobo and Diamond Platnumz.[5] Alade promoted the album by touring several African countries, including Ghana, Kenya and South Africa.[6] The deluxe edition of King of Queens was released in November 2014, and contains French versions of songs originally performed in English. Its cover art was unveiled on 21 October 2014.[7] According to the music platform A Nation of Billions, King of Queens sold over 100,000 copies.[8]

Alade's second studio album Mama Africa was released on March 25, 2016, by Effyzzie Music Group. The album is the follow-up to her debut studio album King of Queens (2014).[9] It features guest appearances from P-Square, Sarkodie, Sauti Sol, Flavour N'abania, Rotimi Keys, DJ Arafat and Selebobo. The album was produced by GospelOnDeBeatz, DJ Coublon, Selebobo, Philkeyz, BeatsByEmzo, Masterkraft, Rotimi Keys and Mr. Chidoo. It was supported by six singles: "Na Gode", "Do As I Do", "Ferrari", "Kom Kom", "Africa" and "Tumbum". Mama Africa was made available for pre-order on iTunes a week before its official release.[10] Yemi Alade announced that proceeds from the sale of the album will go to the Feed a Child charity initiative.[9] The deluxe edition of the album was released on April 6, 2016, and features guest vocals from South African musicians Bucie and AKA.[11]

In July 2019, Alade became the first African female artist to reach one million subscribers on YouTube.[12] Alade was featured on "Don't Jealous Me", a track from Beyoncé's soundtrack album The Lion King: The Gift. She appeared on the track alongside Mr Eazi and Tekno. Rolling Stone magazine revealed that Alade also recorded a verse for an earlier version of "My Power" in June.[13]

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

Title Details
King of Queens
Mama Africa
  • Released: 25 March 2016
  • Label: Effyzzie Music Group
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
Black Magic
  • Released: 15 December 2017
  • Label: Effyzzie Music Group
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
Woman of Steel
  • Released: 30 August 2019
  • Label: Effyzzie Music Group
  • Formats: Digital download, CD

Extended playsEdit

Title Details
Mama Afrique
  • Released: 30 June 2017
  • Label: Effyzzie Music Group
  • Formats: Digital download

Selected singlesEdit

Title Year Album
"Fimisile" 2009 Non-album singles
"Ghen Ghen Love" 2013
"Johnny" King of Queens
"Tangerine" 2014
"Kissing"
"Taking Over Me" 2015
"Temperature"
"Duro Timi"
"Na Gode" Mama Africa
"Do as I Do"
"Ferrari" 2016
"Kom Kom"
(featuring Flavour)
"Africa"
(featuring Sauti Sol)
"Tumbum"
"Knack Am" 2017 Black Magic
"Single and Searching"

Promotional singlesEdit

Title Year Album
"Classic Girl Freestyle"
(Jidenna's "Classic Man" cover)
2015 Non-album singles
"Koffi Anan (Freestyle)"[14] 2016
"Want You"
"Get Through This"
(featuring Mi Casa)
2017
"Bum Bum" 2018
"Issokay"
"How I Feel"
"Oh My Gosh"

Awards and nominationsEdit

MTV African Music AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2015 Herself Best Female [15] Won
2016 Herself Best Female [16] Won

BET AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2015 Herself Best International Act: Africa [17] Nominated

Nigeria Entertainment AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2014 Herself Female Artist of the Year[18] Nominated

City People Entertainment AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2014 Herself Female Musician of the Year [19] Nominated

MOBO AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2014 Herself Best African Act[20] Nominated

YEM AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2012 Herself Female Artiste of the Year[21] Nominated

ELOY AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2013 Herself Most Promising Female[22] Nominated

WatsUp TV Africa Music Video AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref
2016 Want You African Video of the Year Nominated [23]
Best African Female Video Nominated [24]
Best West African Video Nominated [25]
Best Afro Pop Video Nominated [26]
Best African Dance Video Nominated [27]
Ferrari Best African Traditional Video Nominated [28]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "New, sexy singers on the loose". vanguardngr.com. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Yemi Alade tours Kenya". vanguardngr.com. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  3. ^ "My looks have helped my career –Yemi Alade". dailyindependentnig.com. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  4. ^ "How Yemi Alade Hustled Her Way To Become The Queen Of Afrobeats". The FADER. Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  5. ^ "YEMI ALADE UNVEIL THE COVER OF HER DEBUT ALBUM "KING OF QUEENS"". TMZ Africa. 8 October 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  6. ^ Anozie, Egole (11 July 2014). "Yemi Alade tours Kenya". Vanguard. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  7. ^ Ayomide, Tayo (21 October 2014). "Singer To Release 'King Of Queens' Deluxe Version". Pulse. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  8. ^ Akua Ofei (10 May 2017). "HOW YEMI ALADE RUN THE WORLD". A Nation of Billions. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  9. ^ a b Sakoh, Makale (25 March 2016). "Yemi Alade Releases Her Sophomore Album "Mama Africa"". Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  10. ^ Solanke, Abiola (12 April 2016). "Mama Africa album available for pre-order". Pulse. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  11. ^ Solanke, Abiola (4 April 2016). "Singer set to release deluxe edition of her "Mama Africa" album". Pulse. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  12. ^ "Yemi Alade Is the First African Female Artist To Get A Million Subscribers On YouTube". OkayAfrica. July 2, 2019. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  13. ^ Elais Leight (19 July 2019). "Inside Beyoncé's Bold Bet to Get Americans to Listen to African Music". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  14. ^ "New Music Yemi Alade – 'Koffi Anan' (Freestyle)". Pulse.ng. Amaka Inyese. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  15. ^ "MAMA 2015 – 2015 MTV Africa Music Awards Winners!". Mtv Africa Music Awards 2015.
  16. ^ "See the full list of MTV Africa Music Awards 2016 Winners!". Mtv Africa Music Awards 2016.
  17. ^ "Best International Act: Africa". BET.com. 4 May 2015.
  18. ^ "Nigeria Entertainment Awards 2014 Nominees List: Davido, Yemi Alade, Others Nominated". tooxclusive.com. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  19. ^ "Who won what at City People Entertainment Awards 2014". thenet.ng. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  20. ^ "MOBO Best African Act". MOBO Best African Act. mobo.com. 2014-09-24. Retrieved 2014-09-24.
  21. ^ "YOUNG ENTERTAINERS AND MUSIC [YEM] AWARDS ANNOUNCES NOMINEES". July 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-20.
  22. ^ "All The Winners At The 2013 Exquisite Lady Of The Year (ELOY 2013) Awards". All The Winners At The 2013 Exquisite Lady Of The Year (ELOY 2013) Awards. 2013-11-26. Retrieved 2013-11-26.
  23. ^ "Checkout nominees for Watsup Tv Africa Music Video Awards". Ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  24. ^ "Yemi Alade, Wizkid, Diamond Platnumz, Cassper Nyovest & others Nominated for Watsup TV Africa Music Video Awards set to hold this December". Bellanaija.com. 2016-10-19. Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  25. ^ "Yemi Alade, Shatta Wale nominated for 2016 WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards – Today Newspaper". Todaygh.com. 2016-10-05. Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  26. ^ Nsabimana, Eddie (2016-10-10). "Rwanda: Knowles' Video Nominated At Watsup TV Africa Music Video Awards". Allafrica.com. Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  27. ^ "Yemi Alade, Wizkid, Diamond Platnumz, Cassper Nyovest & others Nominated for Watsup TV Africa Music Video Awards set to hold this December – BellaNaija". Uncova.com. 2016-10-19. Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  28. ^ "WAMVA 2016: Bisa Kdei, Shatta Wale, Sarkodie, Wizkid, Flavour, others nominated – Music". Pulse.com.gh (in German). 2016-10-29. Retrieved 2017-04-04.

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