Yemi Alade

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Yemi Alade
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Background information
Birth name Yemi Eberechi Alade
Born (1989-03-13) March 13, 1989 (age 29)
Abia State, Nigeria
Genres
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Years active 2005–present
Labels Effyzzie Music Group
Associated acts

Yemi Eberechi Alade (born 13 March 1989),[citation needed] 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]

Early life[edit]

Yemi Eberechi Alade was born on March 13, 1989 in Abia State, Nigeria. Her father, James Alade - a Police Commissioner[4] - is of Yoruba origin while her mother Helen Uzoma is of Igbo origin resulting in her being referred as "Yoruba-Igbo girl". Alade is the fifth out of the seven children in her family. She attended St Saviour British Primary School, then went on to Victory Grammar School in Lagos, before obtaining a degree in Geography at the University of Lagos.

Music career[edit]

Alade made her musical debut in an all-girl group called Noty Spices in 2005, but her music became widely popular after she won the Peak Talent Show in 2009. She later released her first single "Fimisile" under the Jus' Kiddin' label.

In 2012, she signed onto the music label, Effyzzie Music Group, and released her single "Ghen Ghen Love".[5]

In July 2013, Alade released the video for her afro-R&B song "Bamboo", produced by Fliptyce. "Bamboo" went on to be a moderate hit and a popular wedding song.[citation needed] In the last quarter of 2013, her single, "Johnny", produced by Selebobo, was leaked on the internet. The song became an international hit in Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Liberia, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and the United Kingdom, among others. At the time it had no accompanying music video.

Alade has been featured on the covers of several magazines and performed around the world, sharing stages and songs with Mary J. Blige, Shina Peters, M.I, Wizkid, Becca, May D, Waje and Yemi Sax. She also headlined the Super Diva’s Nite at the 2013 Calabar Festival, and opened for the 2013 Headies Awards.

In 2014, Alade was featured on Yung6ix’s track "Lights", as well as on a remix of "Sebiwo" by Beninese afropop star Lace. Alade teamed up with cinematographer Clarence Peters to create a music video for "Johnny", which was released in March 2014 to critical acclaim and now has more than 91 million views on YouTube, as of June 2018.[6]

Alade joined M.I, Waje, Timi Dakolo, and Burna Boy in singing the theme song for Port Harcourt, the UNESCO 2014 World Book Capital, as part of a project urging young people to read and stay in school. Shortly after that, Alade released a new single entitled "Tangerine", featuring Selebobo; the track charted across Africa. She appeared as a guest artist on Falz’s debut album.

She released her debut album, King of Queens, on 2 October 2014, and then went on tour.[citation needed] Alade then released her second studio album, titled Mama Africa, in March 2016.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Mama Afrique (2017)

Selected singles[edit]

  • "Fimisile" (2009)
  • "Ghen Ghen Love" (2013)
  • "Johnny" (October 2013)
  • "Classic Girl Freestyle" (Jidenna's "Classic Man" cover) (2015)
  • "Na Gode" (July 2015)
  • "Koffi Anan" (Freestyle) (January 2016)[7]
  • "Ferrari" (March 2016)
  • "Kom Kom (ft. Flavour)" (May 2016)
  • "Want You" (July 2016)
  • "Africa (ft. Sauti Sol)" (July 2016)
  • "Tumbum" (November 2016)
  • "Knack Am" (2017)
  • "Get Through This (ft. Mi Casa)" (2017)
  • ”Single and Searching” (November 2017)
  • "Bum Bum"(March 2018)
  • "How I Feel" (2018)

Awards and nominations[edit]

WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result Ref
2016 Want You African Video of the Year Nominated [8]
Best African Female Video Nominated [9]
Best West African Video Nominated [10]
Best Afro Pop Video Nominated [11]
Best African Dance Video Nominated [12]
Ferrari Best African Traditional Video Nominated [13]

MTV African Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2015 Herself Best Female [14] Won
2016 Herself Best Female [15] Won

BET Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2015 Herself Best International Act: Africa [16] Nominated

Nigeria Entertainment Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2014 Herself Female Artist of the Year[17] Nominated

City People Entertainment Awards[edit]

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

MOBO Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2014 Herself Best African Act[19] Nominated

YEM Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2012 Herself Female Artiste of the Year[20] Nominated

ELOY Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2013 Herself Most Promising Female[21] Nominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  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. ^ "About Yemi Alade". MTV. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Johnny Music Video". Youtube. Retrieved 28 June 2018. 
  7. ^ "New Music Yemi Alade – 'Koffi Anan' (Freestyle)". Pulse.ng. Amaka Inyese. Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "Checkout nominees for Watsup Tv Africa Music Video Awards". Ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 2017-04-04. 
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  11. ^ Nsabimana, Eddie (2016-10-10). "Rwanda: Knowles' Video Nominated At Watsup TV Africa Music Video Awards". Allafrica.com. Retrieved 2017-04-04. 
  12. ^ "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. 
  13. ^ "WAMVA 2016: Bisa Kdei, Shatta Wale, Sarkodie, Wizkid, Flavour, others nominated - Music". Pulse.com.gh (in German). 2016-10-29. Retrieved 2017-04-04. 
  14. ^ "MAMA 2015 - 2015 MTV Africa Music Awards Winners!". Mtv Africa Music Awards 2015. 
  15. ^ "See the full list of MTV Africa Music Awards 2016 Winners!". Mtv Africa Music Awards 2016. 
  16. ^ "Best International Act: Africa". BET.com. 4 May 2015. 
  17. ^ "Nigeria Entertainment Awards 2014 Nominees List: Davido, Yemi Alade, Others Nominated". tooxclusive.com. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  18. ^ "Who won what at City People Entertainment Awards 2014". thenet.ng. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  19. ^ "MOBO Best African Act". MOBO Best African Act. mobo.com. 2014-09-24. Retrieved 2014-09-24. 
  20. ^ "YOUNG ENTERTAINERS AND MUSIC [YEM] AWARDS ANNOUNCES NOMINEES". July 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-20. 
  21. ^ "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.