Yemi Alade performs for British Royalty at London Awards
“We are, we are, we are one people under the sun. Send down the rain,” her high-pitched vocals boomed across the stage as she opened the gig. Her bright red Ankara jumpsuit blended with the creative lighting used to adorn the entire stage, to give off a befitting Afrocentric vibe for the ‘Mama Africa’ herself.
As she charged the atmosphere with a soulful rendition of her 2020 single, Rain, (featuring South African Gospel choir, Mzansi Youth Choir), Yemi Alade added more accolades to her tray, as she performed as the only African artiste at the maiden edition of the Earthshot Prize Awards ceremony.
The event, which held last weekend, at Alexandra Palace, London, is an award created by the Duke of Cambridge and the acclaimed British naturalist David Attenborough, which recognises via the Royal Foundation, five outstanding individuals for their contributions to environmentalism. The winners also receive a grant of £1 million to continue their climate-protecting work.
“The event was simply amazing and I am elated to have represented Africa and Africans on global stage. It’s our time to shine and the world is focused on our music. I appreciate the Royal family and Prince William for the honour extended to me”, she said.
After meeting Prince Williams and Duchess Kate for recognising, she exclaimed: “Thank you for inviting us Prince Williams and Duchess Kate … and selecting my song RAIN. Happy to know the Duchess loved my dress and the Duke loved my performance at the #earthshotprize,” she wrote.