MTV Wrap Up catches up with Afrobeats star Yemi Alade…
Yemi Alade is one of the few female singers flying the Afrobeats flag internationally, MTV Wrap Up’s Mobolaji caught up with her to discuss her passions, her new single ‘Johnny’ and touring the UK…
The Wrap Up: Hey Yemi, how are you? - Congratulations on the success of your single ‘Johnny’, can you describe the recording process for this song?
Yemi Alade: Hello, I’m great thanks! It’s a well-known fact among my team members that I don’t’ like to record at night, but ‘Johnny’ was actually recorded at midnight with Selebobo, the producer who I had just met for the first time. The funniest thing is that after the recording session we still had no idea we had a golden egg in our hands.
TWU: Did you imagine that Johnny would do so well?
YA: The song leaked on line way before release. It was really not planned for us to release so soon, but destiny played its role.
TWU: Your debut album King of Queens is set for release soon, what’s the story behind the title?
YA: The word "king" in King Of Queens goes beyond royalty. It signifies the attitude - especially in a male dominated society - that only the strong survive.
TWU: Did you feel any pressure to release a full-length project, after releasing singles back to back?
YA: No, not at all. No pressure, there was just a lot of demand from the public for me to release an album.
TWU: Why did you choose 'Johnny' as the first single off the album?
YA: ‘Johnny’ started a new phase in my career, it opened new doors, and it’s only right that my album tells my story as it really is.
TWU: What is different about this album compared to other albums released by African artists?
YA: This album is for the exceptionally different people! Those who stand out and strive relentlessly for excellence. If you are truly a king running things in your kingdom, this is the album for you.
TWU: What can we expect from you in the months to come?
YA: More videos, more collaborations, [hopefully] more awards, tours, concerts and good music!!