Three albums, one EP, countless hit singles, a comfortable spot on Africa’s most favored list, growing international presence, several videos and a couple of reputable awards all amassed in barely a decade in the industry, Yemi Alade returns stronger than ever and with an army of solid features on her fourth studio album – Woman Of Steel.
An ode to her continental stature and a polished reflection of her journey so far, Woman of Steel is a compilation of every aspect of Yemi Alade’s artistry; the energetic dancer which reflects boldly on the fast-paced Night and Day and the Zulu Afrobeat hybrid, Give Dem, the afro-centric Yemi Alade which drives tracks like the Duncan Mighty assisted Shake, Poverty on which she gives us a full dose of her Swahili flavor, the R&B infused Somto, the Angelique Kidjo assisted harmony-heavy, Shekere among others. Other prominent personas include her romantic side which shines through on Lai Lai, Home; accompanied by a colorful Clarence Peters directed video with bespoke Yemi Alade elements tailored to give life to her heartwarming narrative among others and the fun-loving Yemi who we encounter on tracks like Yeba and Vibe.
Though almost entirely performed by herself, Yemi Alade cleverly enlists the help of industry stalwarts including Angelique Kidjo, Rick Ross, and Duncan Mighty to season the 15-track album.
Woman of Steel is not just a point in Yemi Alade’s journey but an indication of her evolution characterized by the creation, execution, and production of the project which will most likely go down in history as one of her best.