Yemi Alade and legendary Beninese singer Angelique Kidjo connect for the vibrant music video “Shekere,” their memorable collaboration which appears on Yemi Alade’s latest album, Woman of Steel.
The song is named after the tambourine-like instrument played in various regions of the continent. Both Alade and Kidjo deliver feel-good lyrics in English and Yoruba over the song’s string-filled production.
The upbeat song also includes interpolations of Kidjo’s 1996 classic “Wombo Lombo,” as noted in Pulse Nigeria. The music video is a colorful celebration of the continent that opens with a shot of Maasai warriors.
The Ovie Etseyatse-directed song sees the artists highlighting various African cultures through dance and dress. Alade can be seen in various beaded looks and ankara prints, while Kidjo dons an eye-catching Zulu headdress.
Kidjo won her fourth Grammy in January 2020, where she gave an acceptance speech about the importance of supporting the new generation of artists emerging from the continent.