At the start of 2015, Yemi Alade took on the reins of the year and rode to a triumphant end where the title of most successful African female artiste for the period, awaited her. And despite her success, she didn’t just waltz into 2016- she started the year with just as much gusto, even releasing her sophomore album, Mama Africa, in March.
To be familiar with Yemi Alade’s sound and dominant genre of music is to already know the characterizing sound of this album. But, notwithstanding, it’s an album that thoroughly entertains. It’s not a socially conscious body of work and neither is the song-writing, ambitious. It’s simply different variations of Afro pop that’s sure to get the party started or keep a drive, in horrendous traffic, bearable. It’s pop with strong ethnic leanings.
It’s not an album that would leave a major impression but for the duration of the listen, it is very enjoyable.
Marry Me (track 6) is a song that’s perfect for a round of salsa. It’s mid-tempo goodness layered with some amazing vocal inflections by Yemi. Africa (track 7), which features Sauti Sol, is another amazing one that sells the African continent- they complement each other well on the thud driven beat. Kelele (track 9), which features Rotimi Keyz, should delight the Yoruba people as this song was made with them in mind- the interlude especially makes for the time Yoruba people wo ...