The beautiful song of the Nigerian Yemi Alade and the Beninese Angélique Kidjo which has for title “Shekere” made exploits this Tuesday, July 10, 2021. Indeed, released in 2019, the song has just had 20 million views on the YouTube platform. The announcement was made by international star Angélique Kidjo on her Facebook page.
«Shekere» is a song recorded by Nigerian afro-pop artist Yemi Alade and produced by DJ Coublon, from his studio album Woman of Steel (2019). Alade collaborated with Beninese artist Angélique Kidjo on the track.
The success of “Shekere” is mainly due to the collaboration of the two internationally renowned artists. This again the importance of the union of African artists. The great Ivorian artist Tiken Jah Fakoly talking about African unity on all levels “When we are united like the United States it will hurt,” he said.
In an interview with OkayAfrica, Alade said that Kidjo had been an inspiration to her as she grew up. The song took two years to make. The track was produced by DJ Coublon and Kidjo remixed his hit song “Wombo Lombo” on the track. The music video was shot in the UK and Kenya and featured the Maasai tribe of Kenya, the Ushanga women’s group and dancers. It was directed by Ovie Etseyatse. These 20 million views prove once again the hard and above all serious work of these artists.
The two women came together again this year to sing “Dignity”, a title that aims to pay tribute to all those fighting violence committed by the police, inspired by the EndSARS movement in Nigeria. Angélique Kidjo says, “Many people think that police brutality occurs only in America, but it is everywhere.” She added: This song is opposed to brutality, but it also speaks to the need to treat oneself with dignity, to treat nature with dignity and to treat oneself with dignity.walk us with our heads held high?”