20 February 2016

Nigeria: Yemi Alade Talks Mama Africa, Languages, African Music Industry On BBC Africa

Photo: Yemi Alade/Facebook
Yemi Alade.

Moments after unleashing the viral artwork for her highly anticipated sophomore album, Mama Africa, Yemi Alade visited the BBC Africa studios in London to talk about the LP which is slated for release next month.

The award-winning singer, who recently released a Swahili version of her street anthem hit, Na gode, following popular demand of it by East African music lovers and fans across the globe, spoke about her love for Swahili, the struggles of the African music industry and her new album.

The music video of the Selebobo produced thankful anthem was created due the popular demand. The track will be housed on upcoming album, Mama Africa. The cover design for the album was done by Onazi Ogaba for Unravel GFX, while the photo shot was by Emmanuel Oyeleke.

In 2015, the singer released a message on Instagram, unveiling plans for the album. She wrote: "My darling Tangerines my sophomore studio album will hit stores physically and digitally come March of 2016. It is titled 'Mama Africa', and it focuses on the joys and pains, the highs and lows, the strengths and weaknesses of an African woman. In short, it is the diary of an African Woman."

The Johnny singer gave fans a taste of what's to come with the release of Na gode featuring Selebobo, and Do as I do featuring DJ Arafat. Her upcoming album, Mama Africa is a follow up to her debut album, King of Queens, which was released October 2, 2014.

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