Yemi Alade Biography
Yemi Alade is a Nigerian Afropop singer and songwriter. Gained popularity following her win on the Peak Talent Show 2009. Besides, her hit single Johnny.
She began her musical journey in an all-girl group by the name Noty Spices in 2005. Her first single is “Fimisile” that she released under the Jus’ Kiddin’ label. Yemi then signed onto the music label, Effyzzie Music Group in 2012, and released her single “Ghen Ghen Love”. The following year, 2013, July, Alade released the video for her Afro-R&B song “Bamboo”, produced by Fliptyce. The song became a popular wedding song and a moderate hit.
Her other single, “Johnny”, was leaked to the internet in the last quarter of 2013 and quickly it became an international hit in countries like Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and the United Kingdom, among others. At the time it had no accompanying music video.
She has also been featured on the covers of several magazines and performed around the world. sharing stages with artists like Shina Peters, Mary J. Blige, M.I, Wizkid, Becca, May D, Waje and Yemi Sax.
In March 2014, Alade teamed up with cinematographer Clarence Peters to create a music video for “Johnny”, which was released to much critical acclaim. It has over 90 million views on Youtube as of 2018. Notably, Yemi 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. She has continuously released songs that become instant hits and is considered one of the best musical stars from Africa.
Yemi Alade Age
Alade was born on March 13, 1989, in Abia State, Nigeria. As of 2019, she is 30.
Yemi Alade Family
Alade comes from a family of seven children. She is the fifth child. Her father, James Alade is of Yoruba origin while her mother Helen Uzoma is of Igbo origin. Resulting in her being referred to as a “Yoruba-Igbo girl”.
Alade attended St Saviour British Primary School. Then went on to Victory Grammar School, Lagos, before obtaining a degree in Geography at the University of Lagos.
Yemi Alade Boyfriend
Mama Africa, Yemi Alade is rumored to have parted ways with her lover. He used to also double up as her music manager. They cite irreconcilable differences. However, some reports indicate they ended their relationship due to disagreements over money and jealousy issues.
Their alleged relationship was made public after taking cosy photos together. Then putting up a show of affection in Paris. This during Yemi Alade’s first-ever world tour.
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Alade is not married. She was rumored to be dating the likes of Phyno, Nollywood actor Alexx Ekubo and her manager, Taiye Aliyu.
One of the allegations was that the “King of Queens” (Alade) had a secret romantic relationship. This with the Nigerian actor and model, Alexx Ekubo. Alexx Ekubo played the role of “Johnny the Loverboy” in Yemi’s music video of her single titled “Johnny”. This is what she had to say about it; “Alexx is a very cool and lovable guy. He so cute and amazing, I believe that’s why people actually think we dating”.
She admitted to having a crush on the Nigerian rapper, Phyno. This was her own confession at the MTV Base real talk. She also mentioned that she is open to the idea of dating Phyno. This was her answer; “Well, as the mama tangerine, if the household tangerine would love that, then yes I would”.
As for Aliyu, the two are reported to have parted ways.
Yemi Alade Albums
- King of Queens (2014).
- Mama Africa (2016).
- Black Magic (2017).
- Mama Afrique (2017).
Yemi Alade Songs | Yemi Alade Music
- All Day
- Baby’s Back
- Do as I Do feat. DJ Arafat
- I Like
- Kelele ft Rotimi Keys
- Koffi Anan” (Freestyle)
- Kom Kom feat. Flavour
- Mama Africa
- Marry Me
- Na Gode [Swahili Version]
- Taking Over Me
- Ghen Ghen Love
- Classic Girl Freestyle (Jidenna’s Classic Man cover)
- Want You
- Africa (ft. Sauti Sol)
- Knack Am” (2017)
- Get Through This (ft. Mi Casa)
- Single and Searching
- Bum Bum
- How I Feel
Yemi Alade Hairstyles | Yemi Alade Hairstyle
Her constantly changing hair is a fashion and beauty inspiration. She is very creative with her hairstyles, from rocking braids or transforming her natural hair into a cool hairstyle.
Yemi Alade Youtube
The artist has her own Youtube Channel, click here to view it.
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Album: Mama Africa
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Featured artist: Sauti Sol
Album: Mama Africa
Yemi Alade Latest Song – How I Feel
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Yemi Alade interview with the NET
What have you been up to in the last couple of months?
Yemi Alade: I embarked on a nationwide media tour and just got back. The tour was to promote my two new singles ‘My head’ and ‘Birthday song’ and I decided to take a hundred cakes to the media houses.
While on tour in Enugu I recorded a song called ‘Johnny’ with Selebobo. The song has quite a nice storyline attached to it and we’ve been promoting it since we got back. I was recently nominated for Exquisite Lady of the Year (ELOY) awards although I didn’t win.
I intend participating in the awareness for breast and cervical cancer and HIV/Aids this December. Uti Nwachukwu would be taking a couple of celebrities on a trip to the orphanages on the 20th of this month. I would also be involved in a programme with Peak Milk; they just made me one of their ambassadors. In January by the special grace of God we are going to schools to encourage kids to stay in school and live their dreams. Even after winning the Peak Talent Show I was still able to stay back in school and get a degree in Geography.
When did you decide to go into music professionally?
Yemi Alade: I have been doing this music thing for like seven to eight years now; I was in a girl group called Naughty Spices and my stage name then was Ginger (laughs) but I kicked off my career three or four years ago, just after winning the Peak Talent Show.
If you hadn’t won the Peak Talent Show would you still be singing?
Yemi Alade: I would have deviated to be sincere with you, because I wasn’t 100 per cent keen on dong music professionally. But emerging as winner opened my eyes and made me realise that I have to make something out of this talent.
What inspires your kind of music?
Yemi Alade: Everything I do comes from the heart. I always try to make sure that a piece of me reflects in all my songs. Secondly the producer has to lace a perfect beat that gives the song the direction I want; if it’s a club joint, I give it the club banger approach and if it’s a ‘silky sheet’ beat I would give the beat the pillow case and all that’s needed to go with it. Inspiration is from my environment and experiences.
Do you think that in terms of vocals you should be ranked in the same category with Waje, Tiwa Savage and Omawumi?
Yemi Alade: Those that have witnessed the strength of my vocals can attest to the fact that I am a great vocalist and since my talent is God given and can’t go anywhere then it’s just a matter of time. When you open your eyes you open them that is all I can say.
Why hasn’t Yemi Alade gotten that big breakthrough despite the fact that you’ve been in the industry for like four years?
Yemi Alade: It would be four years by next year. I believe that’s what my team and I have been working on and the only thing that can bring the breakthrough on a major scale is time and chance and this is only made available by God. I know that where I was last year and where I am this year are two different places and for some big shots to recognise me means I’m doing something right. I mean I’m just 23 years old and Waje and the rest are way ahead of me. When I knock on the door, open the door for me abeg.
Who are your role models or people that inspire you to sing more or even help lift your mood?
Yemi Alade: My role model playlist is quite long. I listen to the powerful three like you said earlier; Waje, Tiwa and Omawumi. Waje is a classic example of a perfect RnB diva, Omawumi is Afro, Tiwa is a perfect Afro Pop singer. But outside the shores of Nigeria I listen to Maria Carey; her voice is like a projection for me, I always try to match her. I love Beyonce’s stage craft but I still take it back to Whitney Houston. I also listen to Etta James. I love listening to old songs so yes my playlist is long.
What are the recently played songs on your iPod right now?
Yemi Alade: You will find ‘Seun Rere’ by Christy Essien Igbokwe. I recently performed the song at her memorial and then Coldplay’s ‘Fix you’.
Apart from the ‘Power Three’, how competitive is the market amongst yourself, Seyi Shay, Zaina and your other peers?
Yemi Alade: I believe all the ladies in the industry are really trying, every day we have to look prim and proper and it takes a lot of effort. But I really think that I am my biggest challenge. I’m the one that can hold myself backward or push myself forward, it all depends on me.
When you first started you had a tomboyish look, comparing that to your new sexy look, you’ve considerably changed. Was the transformation as a result of you growing up or your team’s decision to get you a wider fan base?
Yemi Alade: (Laughs) They say if you have it flaunt it, but on a more serious note I’m still the tomboy till now. It has a little to do with my team though. I’m a chameleon; if you notice me very well I change my hairstyle regularly and in my videos as well. If you don’t know me very well you might be confused as to the Yemi Alade singing. So I guess my style is always changing.
When would you start headlining major events alongside other big names?
Yemi Alade: Well we are getting there, my new single ‘Johnny’ has been getting massive airplay and love. It’s just about two months old and there’s no telling where it would be in the next couple of months. It’s already been compared to Wizkid’s ‘Caro’ and that’s quite positive so let’s just say in no time we would be on all those major shows.
A lot of people say you’re dating your manager. Is it true?
Yemi Alade: Well that’s a very awesome question which I get asked a lot of times. The truth of the matter is that when it comes to my relationship I always try to let it reflect in my songs. My relationship status at the moment is in ‘Johnny’, so if you listen to the song, you will know what’s happening in my life. And no, I’m not dating him.
Do you think that industry politics has affected you in any way?
Yemi Alade: There’s a bit of politicking everywhere so yes it has but if there’s no politics that means there nothing worth fighting for. I really think we need to drop some of those cabal moves because it’s really not helping good music.
With your talent and voice one would have assumed that you would have a lot of massive collaborations which is not so. Why?
Yemi Alade: If I were to pen down the number of artistes I’ve had collaborations with, they would turn out to be quite a number but right now I’m looking forward to collaborations with other African artistes as well as international acts.
You have about 7- 8 singles and there’s been rumours about you dropping a mixtape as well as an album, can you please clarify that and let us know what’s coming out first?
Yemi Alade: Well, we have shot the video for ‘Johnny’ during the first week of this month, but my album should be dropping between the next 2-3 months after that, the ‘Aristo Music’ mixtape would also be out.