Once Upon a Time
Tiwa Savage


Jun 28, 2019

From a Hurriedly-Prepared EP to the Billboard Chart

The path of every individual is cut out from the birth and continues throughout the entirety of life. Indeed, greatness is inherent in some persons, while others have to struggle to attain that height. For Nigerian songstress, Tiwa Savage, her sojourn into the music industry was not y accident but was a vision of her desire to express herself with amazing lyrics. There’s no doubt that she has the eloquence and charisma to handle the travails that are characteristic in every field of life, especially in the tortuous journey to greatness in the male-saturated music industry – Tiwatope Savage otherwise known by her stage name, Tiwa Savage, doesn’t need any introduction as far as the Nigerian (and indeed global) music industry is concerned. With her sojourn into the world of music in 1996 at the age of 16, she weathered the storm to become a prominent artist in an industry that has more male recording artists than their female counterparts. Despite having a degree in Business Administration from the University of Kent, Tiwa Savage went on to show that she indeed understands the business of managing her musical career better than doing the same in a business setting. From her backup vocals in her teens for leading artists like Mary J. Blige and George Michael to her recording contract with Mavin Records in 2012, she proved that “a woman can perform like and even better than a man” in the music industry. Her dexterity paid off with her debut Extended Play (EP), “Sugarcane”. It’s worth mentioning that this collection of hit singles was reportedly released because Tiwa Savage felt she needed to offer her fans an Extended Play (EP) after successfully debuting two albums, “Once Upon a Time”, and “R.E.D”. Sugarcane was widely accepted, partly because of the benign-style of vocals, and collaboration with notable artists, such as Ayodeji Balogun (Wizkid), Maleek Berry, and Spellz.

May 31, 2019

Tiwa proved she is the true queen of Afrobeats with R.E.D album

On the 19th of December 2015, Tiwa Savage released her sophomore studio album R.E.D which is an acronym for Rhythm, Expression and Dance . Tiwa has been a force to be reckoned with since she stepped onto the Nigerian music scene in 2010 with her first single Kele Kele Love. The single earned her four award nominations including Next Rated at The Headies. Her booming success and rapid rise to fame made her a name as Africa’s top Female Entertainer. Savage signed to Mavin Records owned by Music Mogul and producer, Don Jazzy. Though Tiwa appeared to have had a rapid rise to the top, she went through a lot before she even released her first Single. Unlike most artists, Tiwa Savage did not release her first single until she was 29 years old. Before relocating to Nigeria in 2010, she had a successful career as a songwriter and backup vocalist in the US. The Berkley College of Music graduate sang backup for Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, Kelly Clarkson and she performed on stage with Destiny’s Child, The Black Eyed Peas, Eminem and so on. In 2009 she signed a songwriting deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. She wrote for Babyface, Monica, Mya and Fantasia Barrino. Relocating to Nigeria was a difficult decision for her to make because many of her friends and family members advised against it. In an interview with CNN she admitted she made the right decision by choosing to come back home. From the look of things she would not have been able to attain the same level of success in the American Music Industry. Tiwa was able to successfully use Mavin records as a launchpad to kickstart her career in Afrobeats. Her soulful voice and her background in R&B enabled her to keep making our favourite love anthems. Being a woman, Tiwa Savage’s journey has not been as easy as it looks. She was often criticised for her appearance and lyrics. The Nigerian society is quite conservative, female artists often get criticised for dressing provocatively or using lyrics deemed as inappropriate. Being overtly sexy or sexual is often frowned upon. Though her first Single was released in 2010, she did not release her debut album, Once Upon a Time until 2013. Like many talented artists, she pours her heart and soul into her work and will make ensure she puts out her best work. On her debut studio album, Tiwa Savage announced that she was here to stay. The album comprised of 19 tracks and 2 bonus tracks, with 7 singles that performed well on the African Music Charts. She also got nominated for several awards such as The Headies, Channel O Music Video Awards, 2013 Nigeria Entertainment Awards and the Nigeria Music Video Awards. With her well written love songs like “Ife wa Gbona” and “Eminado”, Tiwa Savage was able to land a place in the hearts of many across Africa. On the album, R.E.D, she experimented with more genres of music and worked with an international act, thereby expanding her portfolio. She featured major artists in the Nigerian music industry, namely D’Prince, Don Jazzy, Dr. Sid, Reekado Banks, and the legendary Tuface Idibia. R.E.D was a resounding success and became the most streamed album of all time on the MTN music streaming platform. Tiwa stepped out of her comfort zone of sweet love songs that are a blend and R&B and Afrobeats and released a Dancehall record with Busy Signal called Keys to the city. On the track she dropped her good girl persona and used raunchy lyrics such as “Imma Give It To You So No Stress, Get Your Body Right, So Rest”. The mother of one revealed another side to herself that we had all been waiting to see. She got backlash on social media for being too sexy on the wanted music video off her previous studio album. Savage did not let the negative comments stop her from embracing her sexuality on the album.

Written by @OBP from Omobaba Pension
May 31, 2019

Ascending The Throne

Tiwatope Savage, popularly known as Tiwa Savage, Tiwa being the short form of her name and Savage, her surname. She was born in Lagos, Nigeria but moved to London together with her family before her teenage years. Many years went by, a University education, songwriting and backup singing for quiet a number of successful Pop and R&B artistes, she decided to come back home to start her own musical career. As at this time, only very few female Artistes thrived in the Nigerian music industry, even though most of the female singers were never able to prove their consistency in the game except for the likes of Omawunmi who was a good singer but it seemed like music was a part-time job for her. Asa on the other hand could have been the Queen of the female artistes, but she chose to relocate to France. In an industry dominated by men like Tuface, D'banj, P-Square and the likes, a breakthrough wasn't so likely for a lady, especially one who was very new to the system. Hence, why some of her friends and families sternly advised her against delving into music in Nigeria but she was so determined, no one could hold her back. Releasing her first single in 2010, titled "Kele Kele Love", she made a grand entrance into the industry, catching the attention of everyone. The song was played everywhere, radio and TV stations, everywhere. When she realised that she now had our ears, she released another Single "Love me ×3" in 2011 and like her first single, this gained massive airplay. At this point, we realised that she had come to stay and she meant business. After the success of these two Singles, she went on to release an album she titled Once Upon A Time, with this album, she proved beyond reasonable doubts that she was the Queen we had all been waiting for and she was duly crowned as the Queen of the Nigerian Music Industry. Once Upon A Time featured her first two singles plus other songs like "Eminado","Ife Wa Gbona", "Olorun Mi" and other beautiful songs that made this album one of the greatest albums by a female artiste in Nigeria. Once Upon A Time was nominated for Best Album of the Year at the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. It was also nominated for Best R&B/Pop Album at The Headies in the year 2014. As told by Tiwa Savage in an interview after the release of the album, she explained that she named the album Once Upon A Time because it was more like telling her own story about how she rose from the humble place where she lived her early life in Lagos, with hopes of one day becoming a star, to how she made the dream become a reality. She said she wanted her story to inspire everyone, both artistes and non-artistes alike. The album is an infusion of RnB, Pop and Soul, all mostly rendered in Yoruba, a beautiful language of her tribe. This made her connect way deeper to her very root and her fans.

Written by @OBP from Omobaba Pension

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