Yemi Eberechi Alade was born on March 13, 1989 in Abia State, Nigeria. Alade is referred to as a “Yoruba-Igbo girl” since her father, James Alade, is of Yoruba origin, while her mother, Helen Uzoma, is of Igbo origin. Alade is the fifth out of the seven children in her family.
I spoke to her recently at Coke Studio on what makes her one of the best female artists in Africa,her love life and this is what she had to say:
What/who inspired you to speak and sing in Swahili?
I am a lover of languages be it French or Portuguese.
How has your musical journey been?
I’ve had many ups and downs, trials and challenges. From albums to new songs, God keeps me up. I put my trust in him.
Have you always worked with Selebobo as your main Producer?
I’ve always worked with him although he is not my main producer. I go where the music leads me.
How does it feel to be one of the most celebrated female artists in Africa?
It is a privilege to be African and alive. I pray it keeps me through song choices and everything else.
What are your expectations for this season of Coke Studio?
This particular season is a bit different with camera angles, making friends with various artists and being creative in our music.
How was the whole experience of working with Trey Songz a few weeks ago?
It was a revelation for me. Its a big accomplishment. He has a very inspiring personality and I can’t wait to share our music with everybody.
What is the one thing that people don’t know about you?
I can’t ride a bicycle or swim.
Are you single?
I’m not single.
What inspires your fashion sense?
My environment, How I feel. I am myself and I’m comfortable in anything I wear.
Are you planning on collaborating with other Kenyan artists apart from Nyashinski and Sauti Sol?
I prefer to be a fan to them first before I work with them. I love Elani so who knows we’ll have a song together some day.
Any advice to young female singers/any last words?
The journey to success is a very long one. Be true to yourself. Be close to God in times of darkness and decision making.
What is your favorite Yemi Alade song? Tell us below.