Yemi Alade, one of the reigning queens of Afropop, has recently dropped a new single and video called ‘Fake Friends’, which will be included in her upcoming album. This catchy tune, blending Afropop and Highlife genres, conveys a profound message about human relationships and the effects of false love or friendship. Through this relatable track, Yemi honours genuine friendships and distances herself from deceitful companions. ‘Fake Friends’ (Ore Iro) is the lead single from her seventh album, slated to be released in 2023.
On Thursday, Alade’s manager, Taiye Aliyu, released a statement where Alade revealed that the song “Fake Friends” delves into the intricacies of human relationships and the consequences of insincere love or friendship. She provided a sneak peek of the project, sharing exclusive details.
“This upcoming project is a representation of my thoughts, needs, experiences, stories, ideas and my desire to connect with every listener on each song. Every song is potent with stories.”
Yemi is taken back to her humble beginnings by the lyrics of ‘Fake Friends’. She reflects on her past as she sings:
“Shey you go dey..If money no dey my pocket ooo. Back when I dey live my life on a low budget oooo. I no dey pick your call. You dey vex for me. When I dey knock your door, you dey form for me..”
Yemi is talented at creating international hits that become popular trends and earn recognition. Following the triumphs of her 2023 singles “Pounds & Dollars” with Phyno, “Baddie”, “Jojo” featuring Bisa Kdei, and “Bright Future” with Mr Vegas – all of which have garnered a total of over 17 million views on YouTube – “Fake Friends” is her latest success.
Yemi graced the cover of Nigeria’s Marie Claire magazine in May 2023. Her influence in the entertainment industry extends beyond her studio work, as she holds various titles such as composer, actress, and producer. Recently, she proudly revealed her appointment as WinFund’s inaugural global ambassador. Additionally, she serves as a coach and judge on season one of The Voice Africa.
With her electrifying performances, she continues to dominate the stage alongside The African Train Band and captivate thousands of partygoers and fans on her extensive AFRICAN BADDIE WORLD TOUR ’23, which includes stops in both America and Europe.