Album Review: Yemi Alade- ‘Mama Africa’

Yemi Alade released her much anticipated sophomore 15-track album, ‘Mama Africa’ last month. Here is a review of the album. The tracks will be reviewed one by one, rated over 5 and overall rating will be made over 5.

Production: Selebobo, GospelOnDeBeatz, Masterkraft, DJ Coublon, BeatsByEmzo, Rotimi Keys, Mr Chidoo, Philkeyz

Guest Assists: DJ Arafat, Sauti Sol Flavour, Psquare, Rotimi Keys Sarkodie, Selebobo, Fiokee

1.Nagode ft Selebobo

Nagode is the introductory track of this album. It is a mid-tempo thanksgiving song that also encourages charity. Selebobo displayed his production prowess here by crafting a great beat for Yemi to sing on. He also assisted with a nice single verse. Music Channels have adjudged this a hit already. Rating: 4

2. Tumbum

Whatever Tumbum means, Yemi Alade expresses her dislike for ‘Casanovas’. Selebobo cooked a dance beat that sounds like ‘Johnny”s beat. Not a bad song. Rating: 2.5

3. Tonight ft Psquare

Tonight is an Afropop/dance song. Here she collaborated with masters of dance songs, Psquare and GospelOnTheBeatz provided an up-tempo beat for Yemi and Psquare to sing on. It’s a regular Psquare song. It passes for an average song. Rating: 2.5

4. Kom Kom ft Flavour

Kom Kom is an Ibo phrase which means ‘tin cans’. Tin cans here represent heartbeat. It is a pure Highlife tune produced by Masterkraft. She teamed up with super talented and highly revered Highlife singer, Flavour. It is a great love song. Rating: 4

5. Baby’s Back

Baby’s Back is a mid-tempo love song which talks about the risks she would take to prove her loyalty: ‘under the sun and rain I gat my baby’s back’ ‘i go follow you cross any river our contact na forever’. This track was produced by savvy producer, DJ Coublon. Nice tune. Rating: 3.5

6. Marry Me ft Falz & Poe

Yemi Alade worked with comical and talented lyricist, Falz and Poe to birth a Selebobo-produced Afropop song that talks about the insecurity of a particular single lady regarding marriage. She expresses her worries: ‘i don clock 28’ ‘When you go marry me’. She sang the chorus so well with amazing vocals. Falz dropped a comical rap verse and Poe did well too. The song is quite interesting and  really comical. Rating: 3.5

7. Africa ft Sauti Sol

Yemi Alade teamed up with Kenyan Afropop band, Sauti Sol.  BeatsByEmzo crafted a reggae-tuned beat for Yemi Alade to sing on. She celebrates the richness of Africa: ‘My African hands would love you/ my African lips would kiss you’ This is like the centre track of the album. Quite interesting and melodious. She is truly ‘Mama Africa’. Rating: 4

8. Ferrari

Ferrari  talks about the importance of money in showing love. ‘If you love me you go buy me Ferrari’. ‘I love you no be for no be for mouth o/ love no be for mouth’. It was produced by talented DJ Coublon. Renown Guitarist, Fioke assisted with her guitar. A very nice tune. Rating: 3.5

9. Do As I do ft DJ Arafat

Another dance track off the album. She invited Africa’s top DJ and singer DJ Arafat. It was produced by Selebobo. Rating: 3.5

10. Kelekele ft Rotimi Keys

Kelele is a typical Highlife song with inspirational message:’If e bad today, tomorrow go good’. She amazes here as she sang beautifully on live guitar and drums from Rotimi Keys. He also assisted with singing. Rating: 3.5

11. Ego ft Sarkodie

Ego means money. Trust Ghanaian rapper, Sarkodie when it comes to Hip-hop and money talks. He used his regular line: ‘You know say money no be problem’. He delivered a good rap verse as expected. Masterkfraft killed the beat. Rating: 4

12. Mama

Yemi Alade teamed up with Selebobo, Tekno, Iyanya and Olamide to celebrate mothers. The video of the Mr Chidoo-produced song is an advert for Peak Milk. A very nice tune with the potential to win ‘Best Collaboration’ award at the end of the year. Rating: 4

13. Dorcas

Dorcas is another Highlife song that talks about a greedy husband snatcher, ‘Dorcas’. Selebobo showed off his mastery of the strings and keyboards. It is an average song. Rating: 2.5

14. Nakupenda

Nakupenda means ‘I love you’. It is R&B. Yemi Alade stretched her vocals like in ‘Duro Timi’. Rotimi Keys who also produced ‘Kelele’ crafted a hypnotic beat with guitar and keyboards. Rating: 4

Bonus Track

15. Koffi Anan (freestyle)

She closes ‘Mama Africa’ with an appreciation of Ghanaian music and dance. This is evident in ‘charle wetin dey happen’, ‘Do Azonto’ and ‘Do the Koffi Anan’. Philkeyz crafted a typical Ghanaian Hip-hop beat for Yemi to freestyle on. This is a good round-up track.  Rating: 3.5

This album is so rich it has the potential to win multiple awards at the end of the year.

Overall Rating: 3.5



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