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Yemi Alade and The Ova Sabi Band

Thursday, July 27 at the Knitting Factory

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Although Boise plays host to dozens of renowned musicians each year, it's safe to say we've never had anyone quite like Yemi Alade grace a local stage.

Alade is the Nigerian-born international pop and R&B sensation you may never have heard of, although her hit single "Johnny" broke records when it was leaked in 2014, topping charts in Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Liberia, Uganda, Zimbabwe, the United Kingdom and beyond. Now considered one of the most famous musicians in African history, Alade combines high-energy, bouncy beats with smooth, rich vocals to create a sound that's borderline-addictive through the speakers and explosive on stage. If you've never experienced contemporary music with deep African roots, attending Alade's Boise debut July 27—which happens to be part of her first-ever North American tour—is a must.

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