It is impossible to mention the names of top 5 female artists in Nigeria without mentioning Yemi Alade. The ‘Johnny’ is labelled the Queen of Afrobeat, and she is the first African female musician to hit one million views on Youtube.
Born into a family of a Yoruba Father and an Igbo mother on 13th March 1989, Yemi started singing at a young age. When she was in High School, she joined the music band ‘Noty Spices’ for two years while finding different ways to balance her academics and her music career. During her time with the music band, she released ten singles and sang in countless gigs for free. Noty Spices was disbanded when her members moved on to the university but Yemi kept her passion alive.
The popular songwriter emerged as the winner of the Inaugural edition of Peak talent show in 2009. Yemi pursued her musical ambition while earning a degree at the University of Lagos where she studied geography. After her victory on the widely seen peak competition, she released a debut single ‘Fimisile’.
However, she became really famous in late 2013, this was when she had a deal with Effyzzie music group which led to the success of the international single ‘Johnny’, the song was included in her debut album, Kings of Queen.
In 2014, her hit song, ‘Johnny’, a blend of reggae, R and B, rap, and Afro-pop topped all the music charts in major African countries and also in the United Kingdom. The success of the track opened the door to the expression of her talent on global platforms. Her career took an upward journey and she has been rising higher since then. Yemi Alade is a superstar.
Her next album, Mama Africa, was released in 2016. She said she recorded the album to ‘capture all of Africa on one CD’. The album featured other star African artists like Sauti sol, P-Square, Selebobo, and Rotimi Keys.
She has performed on stage with many Nigerian star musicians and she has collaborated with notable producers and artists like Phyno and Chidinma.
Yemi Alade’s best singles are ‘Tumbum’, ‘Want’, ‘You’, ‘Ferrari’, ‘Nagode’, and ‘Johnny’. Yemi won two major awards at the MTV Africa Music Award for Best Female Performance in 2015 and 2016.
Yemi Alade was one of the four African women featured in Beyonce’s album, Lion King. The rising star almost missed the chance to be on the project. She was in Los Angeles in 2019 to record some music for the project, unfortunately, she lost her voice just a day to the deadline but luckily, she pushed through.
She has had four world tours for her studio albums; Mama Africa Tour, Black Magic Tour, and Woman of Steel Tour.