How Yemi Alade shutdown 9.30 nightclub in US

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By Benjamin Njoku, with Agency report

Nigerian Afro-pop singer, Yemi Alade was the cynosure of all eyes last Saturday night, when she stormed 9:30 Club, a popular nightclub in Washington, D.C, to show her fans some love.

According to Washington Post, the Mama Africa singer was the only onstage voice when she played a 70-minute set at the popular nightclub and for more than once she turned the audience into her duet partner.

The sizable but devoted crowd proved capable of singing large chunks of Alade’s tunes without any help from the singer or her tight three-piece band.

Alade’s music draws from many African styles, but it takes more from hip-hop, dancehall reggae and digital-age rhythm and blues. Unlike the previous generation of international Afro-pop stars, the 32-year-old performer doesn’t employ any traditional instruments or front a large band with multiple percussionists; most of her songs are built atop spare synth-beats that include tones both rubbery and metallic.

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Source: Vanguard Newspaper