Artistes: Yemi Alade and Angelique Kidjo
Genre: Calypso, Kwaito
Album: Woman of Steel
Label: Effyzie/UMG Europe
Plot Synopsis: A song celebrating Africa culture
The song ‘Shekere’ is the sixth single in Yemi’ Alade’s fourth studio album “Woman of Steel” which featured other Artistes like Rick Ross,Funke Akindele, Duncan Mighty.
“Shekere” was a product of a combined effort from Yemi and Angelique Kidjo, who is still in the euphoria of her win in the just concluded Grammys.
No doubt Yemi Alade is one artists that stands out in the promotion of African style and culture, which has accorded her with the name ‘Mama Africa’ ann the song Shekere, also followed this light whilst having a little touch of the 20th century music vibe.
The lyrics of the song was crafted and arranged in languages ranging from Beninese, Pidgin and a little of Yoruba.
The song intro: “wombolombo,wombolombo,wombolombo” is one that rings a bell, doesn’t it? This also, was the song title Angelique Kidjo sang in respect of her all time muse Celia Cruz.
Listening to the music, you can tell that the song is rich in terms of vocals, the words were clear and you could hear and understand the beautiful duo, even with the blend of languages used.
No doubt good production matters in making good music. It helps the music get the kind of audience it deserves and trust me, the production of the song ‘Shekere’ didn’t fail to meet veritable standards. Of course, nobody would have expected a poor production because the African Queens knew and had ideas of good producers that will project the African sounds explored.
This brings us to the glaring truth that music is a conveyor of the light and beauty in our culture and style, any day any time.
And we look forward to more and more African artistes raising this flag high through their music.
I am proud to be an African! Are you?