Yemi Alade’s new album ‘Empress’ displays her growing prowess in Afro-pop


NIGERIA’S Yemi Alade has made a name for herself since her successful single ‘Johnny’ went worldwide after its release in 2013. 

Since then, the singer has amassed quite the musical resume, including collaborations with other African stars like Mr Eazi, Angelique Kidjo, Sauti Sol, P-Square, and international stars like US’ rapper Rick Ross and Beyoncé. 

Her latest offering, ‘Empress’ is a record that speaks to the energy of empowerment that has been flowing through the African and diaspora communities across the world. 

Yemi Alade’s new offering ‘Empress’. Picture: Instagram/YemiAlade

The fifth album contains a mix of features that speak to Alade’s ability to adapt to the different genres, and create an album that is worth being played on repeat, from her album’s leading single ‘True Love’ to the Dadju-featured ballad ‘I Choose You’. 

‘Empress’ also builds on Alade’s continuous theme of empowerment and the embodiment of being an African Queen, a theme that she successfully implemented through her previous bodies of work, ‘Mama Africa’ (2017) and ‘Woman of Steel’ (2019).  

The album also features Nigeria’s Patoranking on the dancehall-infused ‘Temptation’, the UK’s Estelle and The Mzansi Youth Choir – a South Arican group who reached the finals of America’s Got Talent in 2019 –  on the gospel-inspired track ‘Rain’.

Leading up to her new album, the singer/activist has had a successful 2020 which has helped push her into the spotlight with other African musical giants. 

Alade was recently announced as a coach for the Nigerian instalment of The Voice, was nominated for a number of AFRIMMA Awards and was part of Beyoncé’s highly-acclaimed ‘Black is King’ film, and the album ‘The Lion King: The Gift’, where she appeared for the songs ‘Don’t Jealous Me’ and ‘My Power’. 



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