Mama Africa (The Diary of an African Woman)

Album by Yemi Alade
2016, 15 tracks, 50 mins 12 sec

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Jun 14, 2019

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Mama Africa (also known as Mama Africa: The Diary of an African Woman) is the second studio album by Nigerian Afropop and Dancehall Songstress, Yemi Alade – Yemi Eberechi Alade is a fast-rising Nigerian singer that has made her mark in not just the national music industry but also in the global scene. Venturing into the Nigerian music industry in the year 2005 under the Effyzzie Music Group record label, Yemi rose to stardom after the release of her hit track, “Johnny”. Although the single depicted her quest to find true love only to fall prey (alongside others) to the prey of a "playboy", she never rested on her oars as she tried her hands on many other genres. Today, she is acclaimed for her mastery of Afropop and Dancehall. Also in her list of vocals are Highlife and R&B. These go to show her prowess at adapting to different situations to give her fans an all-around entertainment – Following the wide acclaims that trailed her singles, Yemi decided to “give her fans something else to talk about”. This paradigm shift from single tracks like “Johnny” led to the release of her first album titled, “Kings of Queens", which was released in the year 2014. Buoyed by the trails of negative and positive reviews on the album, she went back to the studio the next year (2015) and commenced work on her second album. After a painstaking effort and utilization of some best hands in the industry, Yemi Alade, on March 25, 2016, released her second studio album entitled, "Mama Africa”. In furtherance of the significance of the contents of the album, she added an illustration, “Mama Africa: The Diary of an African Woman" as a way to depict the true meaning of the songs therein. Truly, most of the songs were in the appraisal of the African woman. You would discover the growth process of the African girl child in “TumBum”, after which Yemi takes us through the love life of the average African woman as depicted in “Kom Kom”, “Ferrari”, and “Ego” – One thing that can’t be taken away in this album is the fact that Yemi Alade went out of the way to put forward her best. This is depicted in the features of prominent artists such as Psquare, Selebobo, Sauti Sol, and Rotimi Keys. This is not to forget the great vocals pitched by Flavor and Sarkodie. Yemi also incorporated legendary producers like Mr. Chidoo, GospelonDeBeatz, and DJ Arafat. As usual, she didn’t leave out her lead producer, Selebobo in the whole affair. The two have worked on many songs, and they sure brought another classy vibe with this album – Mama Africa has significance for Yemi Alade. It would be recalled that she was literally bashed after the release of her first album. The criticisms were hinged on the fact that she seemed to “be running away” from her Nigerian origin and in its place, embracing the culture of other countries, such as Kenya, as was reflected in most of her costumes in the visuals of songs from her first studio album. To prove naysayers wrong, Yemi Alade brought back the vibes by showing more of her Nigerian culture in the visuals of her second studio album. As the name hints, Yemi also took out time to incorporate cultures from other countries such as Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, and Swahili in her second studio album, “Mama Africa” – Away from the praises, Yemi Alade also received some backlashes after the release of this album. For instance, it was discovered that she seemed to flutter with lyrics at certain points. Some pundits even went further to posit that her "savior" was the remarkable inputs of the featured artists and her sonorous voice. This is just as she got the jabs for not portraying the African culture, especially from the average African woman's perceptive of the culture – Aside from these perceived negative aspects to the album, Yemi Alade must be commended for churning out the album comprising 15 tracks and 54 minutes runtime. Besides, the album extended her reach, as she dazzled the audience at the 2016 edition of the African Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) with select tracks such as Tumbum and “Na Gode”. She later went on to grab the NEA Best Female Act, MAMA Best Female Artist, and Best Female Artist in Western Africa. This is just as she was able to extend her horizons by performing in several African and Western countries.

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Album Info

"Mama Africa (The Diary of an African Woman)"

Released

  • Mar 25, 2016

Genres

  • International
  • R&B
  • Rap