It has been months in the making but it is here finally. The highly anticipated collaboration between Nigerian songbird Yemi Alade and Kenya’s MTV EMA nominee Nyashinki premiered on MTV Base yesterday.
The Swahili love song, dubbed ‘Nakupenda’ (I Love You) was subsequently premiered on Youtube, becoming one of the trending music videos in Africa. “Nakupenda” is off Alade’s ‘Mama Afrique’ EP and comes 6 days after the Nigerian singer released its French version.
This is not the first time Yemi has released a Swahili jam. In 2016, she dropped a Swahili version of her hit song “Na Gode” that has since been viewed more than 4 million times on Youtube.
Nyashinski and Yemi first met during the filming of last year’s season Coke Studio Africa where they showcased undeniable chemistry. They also gave stellar renditions of each other’s tracks – Yemi’s ‘Marry Me’ and Shinski’s ‘Mungu Pekee.’
Watch the music video above, directed by Ovie Etseyatse.