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Nigeria’s Yemi Alade: ‘Music serves as a bridge between Africa and the rest of the world’

By Jane Roussel
Posted on Wednesday, 21 July 2021 16:07

Yemi Alade, during a concert at the Trianon, in Paris, on 4 April 2017. Youri Lenquette for JA

People haven’t stopped dancing ever since Nigerian singer Yemi Alade released her first hit in 2013. After winning a TV talent show (the Peak Talent Show in 2009), she made a music video for the song ‘Johnny’, which would go on to become a hit with 100 million views. She followed up with ‘King Of Queens’ (2014), ‘Mama Africa’ (2016), ‘Black Magic’ (2017) and ‘Woman of Steel’ (2019).

The prolific but widely recognised Alade has also been the recipient of several awards. She was awarded Female Artist of the Year at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards; Best Album at the Independent Music Awards; and Best Female at the MTV Africa Music Awards in 2016.

She has established herself both in the African and international music scenes. She featured as a guest artist on Beyoncé’s track ‘Don’t Jealous Me’, from The Lion King: The Gift, in 2019.

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