The wait for Yemi Alade’s sophomore Mama Africa album is over as the songstress finally debuts the album for both physical and digital release today and we haven’t been more excited.
A peep inside the LP shows a 15 track wonder work with imprints of producers Selebobo, DJ Coublon, Masterkraft and GospelondeBeatz who are some of the best and most afro-inclined beat makers in the country. There are also excelling features from acts all over Africa, some of which include P-Square (okay maybe Paul alone), Rotimi Keys, Sauti Sol, Flavour, Sarkodie, DJ Arafat and Selebobo.
The album is a rhythmic run-through of the sleekest afro-tuned sound fusions. Tapping from a wide sonic range of African sounds, Yemi Alade assumes a self-declared Mama Africa role with light-hearted songs that touch on the everyday African woman.
From Afropoppy dance hits to experiments along the lines of Spanish salsa music. Yemi Alade delivers an album only a little cultural influence shy of the respect it demands without failing at its highest points.
Yemi Alade has further revealed big plans for the album. According to the singer, 10% of proceeds from the album will be going to the #FeedAChild project. Which will see her touring orphanages across Africa with donation from her album sales which we expect are going to be hefty cheques considering her album was the most pre-ordered African album on iTunes, thanks to a feature on iTunes worldwide slider (we hope Efyyzie Records, her managment releases the numbers soon).
Without doubt, Yemi Alade has come into full awareness of her place in African entertainment and she is currently branding herself as an international brand worthy of such a label. And to further promote the album across the continent, Alade has announced the release of a deluxe version of the album for a later date which would subsequently be followed by a tour for the LP.
We expect the deluxe version of the album will feature local dialect reworks of the biggest highlights on Mama Africa which would be very useful in the support of the adjoining tour for the collective.