What is it about Yemi Alade’s style that makes her the perfect companion for a commercial Afrobeat. Is it because she fluently delivers her verse no matter the language? Is it because her videos exalt the African culture in a sensual light? even Shell agrees she’s that good. From Nyanshiki to Sauti Sol and now South African duo Mafikizolo, Yemi has made her Afro dance collaborations a notable highlight of her career.
Directed by Garth Von Glehn, the central idea behind the “Ofana Nawe” video is simple: Designed for those who have no idea what house music is about but still want to dance. In action, however, a group of people are together in what looked like a house party, while Yemi Alade and Mafikizolo sing behind the screen to this excitement of the fashion-forward gathering. This video doesn’t get more African than the electric current cutting off halfway, partly ruining the fun. But the crowd carries on singing, With no instrumental accompaniment, because The. Party. Must. Go. On.
Watch “Ofana Nawe” below
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