One of Africa’s top female acts, Nigeria’s Yemi Alade has returned to Coke Studio Africa, for the fourth time, pairing with French rapper of Congolese origin, Youssoupha Mabiki.
The duo are expected to produce an original song, among music covers and fusions produced by Ghanaian heavyweight music producer Killbeatz, who recently co-produced Ed Sheeran’s mega hit Bibia Be Yeye.
The Johnny crooner spoke on her return on the show in Nairobi during the recording, expressing excitement.
“It’s always a nice, fun and loving experience because I get to meet a lot of artists as well. Shout out to the crew,” she said.
Yemi has been on a successful American tour for the last couple of months. However, it’s not all showbiz for the singer. She also expressed interest to support any charity and cause for children and widows. “When it comes to education and clothing, I will do the best I can for children. I am also passionate to work with widows as many people don’t remember them. I am always there for pep talks, seminars and ready to give my advice,” she said.
Last year on the show, Alade was paired with Kenyan multi-talented artist Nyashinski and produced by Nigerian music producer, Chopstix. Her cover of Nyashinski’s hit song, Mungu Pekee was rated as one of the show’s most loved covers of all time.
She has since featured Nyashinski in her new Swahili song, Nakupenda off her recently released new Mama Afrique EP, which features song remixes and different versions of her mega hits.
Another mega Yemi collabo that was cooked at Coke Studio Africa was Africa, which she recorded with the music group, Sauti Sol (Kenya) during their pairing on the show’s third season.
Yemi Alade is a two-time winner at the MTV Africa Music Awards Best Female Act (2015 & 2016).