Latest entertainment gist
LAGOS – Super-talented US-based Nigerian artiste, performer and songwriter, Emmanuel Shedu, professionally known as Yo’Dele, has signaled what awaits his global fan base in 2023, with the release of a brand new single, ‘Keke Ti Koko’.
The hot single by the fast-rising Yo’Dele is indicative of his intention this year, with the track loaded with mindblowing lyrics carefully crafted for those who crave his music after he literally ‘cooked’ himself for over a year to drop another hit.
The track by the Afrobeat singer has a 3 minute and one second listening time, but leaves lasting vibe with those who understand the language of music, specifically bringing home Africans and Nigerians in diaspora as he out of mastery, integrated elements of African music and jazz, soul, and funk to bring out a melodious tune.
The track resonates the first singles which were back-to-back hit; Amazing’ and ‘Tonado’, released by Yo’Dele in 2019, when he won awe of many music lovers across the world. In 2020, he dropped two more hit tracks; ‘Jumbolo’ and ‘Konji’, and in 2021, he hit the studio again and produced ‘Like To Party.’
Like they say, “The proof of the pudding is in the eating”, Emmanuel Shedu’s latest masterpiece, ‘Keke Ti Koko’, is currently garnering the numbers and is available on all international music streaming platforms: Spotify, Itunes, Tidal, Deezer, AudioMack.
Born on 26 January, 1995, the Lagos State indigene initially billed to study Computer Engineering at the Federal University of Technology (FUTA) Akure, Ondo State, later minored in music at the institution, due to his passion for music. Upon relocating to the United States, he pursued his education and bagged a degree at Morgan State University, and masters at the reputable Johns Hopkins University.
According to Yo’Dele in a recent question and answer session, a number of forces and people, including is parents, played a crucial role in his irresistible love for music. He dwelt on his growing up in Nigeria, and how the internet has intervened in his increasing fanbase around the world.
“I was born in Lagos Nigeria. I studied at FUTA Akure until after first year. Studied to be a computer engineer for Bachelor’s where I minored in music for 2 semester”, stated Emmanuel Shedu.
“Growing up has been about working for the things you want, getting them and managing them. Sometimes people have dreams and hopes for you and they must coincide with the hopes and dreams for yourself. When they don coincide, you can be on your own for most of the journey. Fortunately I have had loved ones/best friend when I needed one in dark times.
“Micheal Jackson, James Brown, old school hits my parents played were very early influences of why I ever went into music. The internet has enabled me to easily reach everyone. I’m making pals with cats in Germany, London, India. Surprises you where your trusted fans could come from. The internet also influences my flow/melody which is good at times”.
Though he is far away in North America, Yo’Dele is as conversant with the Nigerian music industry and what his contemporaries are up to. There has been unending debate among fans of popular Afrobeat singers in Nigeria about who is the GOAT, and he waded into what has degenerated into intense rivalry among music lovers on social media.
“Of course the top 3 afrobeats artists are Burna Boy, Davido and Wizkid,” Yo’Dele said.