Yemi Eberechi Alade popularly known as Yemi Alade, released a new album last week titled Empress which is a rich mix of diverse genres and a party banger right off the start. Empress is the igbo-yoruba singer’s fifth studio album following her critically acclaimed album, Woman of Steel. The album cover showed Yemi Alade looking very fierce and regal in African attire which is very on brand for her Mama Africa aesthetics. The album has rich songs crisscrossing Afropop, Gospel House, Coupe Decale, Highlife and Dancehall.
Empress houses power collaborations with both Nigerian and other African music superstars. The tracks in this album includes: True love, Yoyoyo, Mamiwater, Lose my mind featuring Vegedream, Dancina, Boyz, I choose you ft. Dadju, Control, Temptation ft Patoranking, Ice, Deceive ft. Rudeboy, Turn up, Rain featuring Mzansi Youth choir, Weekend featuring R&B Grammy winning British singer Estelle and double double.
The album also features songwriting and production contributions from Vtek Da Awesome, Egarboi, Jimmy Huru, Yung Felix, amongst others.
On creating her new album, the talented songwriter and singer disclosed ‘If there is one thing that we have learnt this year, it’s the power of Love & inner strength. Love for God, self, service & for one another coupled with the strength to fight injustice and to carry on regardless of the circumstances.
Love & inner strength kept the world moving through the dark clouds of 2020. With that in mind, I was blessed to create my fifth album titled Empress.’ An Empress is a woman who is a sovereign ruler of power and rank, especially one ruling an empire. It is undisputable that Yemi Alade seeks to dominate Africa with her music.
Yemi Alade rose to fame after winning the 2009 Peak Talent Show and released her hit single ‘Johnny’ in 2014 under Effyzie music limited. Yemi Alade not only continues to release hit single upon single but works harder at consolidating her place as the queen of pop in Africa. She does this solidly with Empress. It gives very good vibes and there is no way you can listen to this album without dancing. We give it a 7 out of 10.