Nigerian top singer, reffered to as one of the biggest female artistes in Africa, Tiwatope Savage aka Tiwa Savage has safely landed in Uganda ahead of her scheduled music concert for tomorrow at Lugogo Cricket Oval.
Flown in by Talent Africa Group, Tiwa Savage came in the company of her seven-year-old son, Jamil Balogun and were warmly welcomed from Entebbe International Airport.
Tiwa Savage will be performing at the Cricket Oval
The MTV Europe Award Music winner will perform alongside a selected list of top Ugandan artistes at Lugogo Cricket Oval at the Talent Africa and Vision Group co-sponsored event.
With her featured single No Wahala making rounds on almost every radio countdown in Uganda and deejay playlists, the University of Kent and Berklee College of Music graduate promised a historic performance a few minutes after landing at Entebbe International Airport.
She has released two studio albums and has been featured on one compilation album, as of 2018.
Who is Tiwa Savage
Tiwa Savage is a singer, songwriter, actor, and performer, known as one of the rising stars of the Nigerian music industry. Although she began her career by singing background vocals for George Michael, the Grammy-nominated singer has since worked with many notable figures, such as Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, and Chaka Khan.
Throughout her long career, spanning 22 years, Savage has shared the stage with industry leaders such as Destiny’s Child, Sting, and Eminem. She has written for ‘American Idol’ winner Fantasia Barrino and award-winning producer Babyface among others. She has released two studio albums and has been featured on one compilation album, as of 2018.
Savage currently has a songwriting deal with ‘Sony/ATV Music Publishing’ and a recording contract with Nigerian label ‘Mavin Records.’ She also announced a management and publishing deal with the JAY-Z-founded ‘Sony’ affiliate, ‘Roc Nation,’ in 2016.
Savage is bilingual, as she has spent a considerable part of her life in Nigeria, the UK, and the US. She typically sings in both English and Yoruba. She was previously married and has one child. In 2016, she announced that her marriage was over. She continues to focus on her career.
Tiwa was born Tiwatope Savage 42 years ago to a mother Cecilia Savage. She has gone to University of Kent and juggled homes in Nigeria, Us and UK.
Childhood & Early Life
Although she began her career by singing background vocals for George Michael, the Grammy-nominated singer has since worked with many notable figures
While attending high school in the UK, Savage played the trombone in her school’s orchestra band:
- Tiwatope Savage–Balogun was born on February 5, 1980, in Ikeja, the capital of Lagos State.
- The singer is secretive about her personal life, but it is reported that she has at least two brothers and one sister.
- Her family relocated to London, UK, when she was 11, allowing the singer to receive a truly multicultural upbringing.
- Savage attended the ‘University of Kent’ and received a degree in business administration
School & Work
Savage received a degree in business administration, which has reportedly helped her navigate the intricacies of the international music business. Following this degree, Savage worked for the ‘Royal Bank of Scotland’ for a while.
Savage began her career at the age of 16, singing back-up vocals for British pop star George Michael. Since then, she has sung with global sensations Mary J. Blige, Blue Cantrell, Emma Bunton, Kelly Clarkson, and Andrea Bocelli among others. She has shared stage space with leading performers such as Destiny’s Child, Sting, 50 Cent, ‘The Black Eyed Peas,’ Robbie Williams, Eminem, and other stalwarts.
In 2006, she entered the UK edition of the reality show ‘The X Factor’ while still at ‘Berklee.’ Although she advanced to the final 24, Savage recalls her stint at the show as a sobering sojourn into the dark side of fame. The singer allegedly had a difficult time adjusting to the spotlight and later described the news that she would not progress to the final 12 as “painful.”
In 2009, she was able to finalize a songwriting deal with industry giant ‘Sony/ ATV,’ which helped her write gigs with Fantasia Barrino, Monica, Babyface, and Mýa. The most notable of these collaborations include her soul-influenced ballad with Monica, ‘Catch Me.’ Another noteworthy collaboration was for ‘Collard Greens & Cornbread’ with Fantasia, which received a ‘Grammy’ nomination the following year.
Savage wrote Kat Deluna’s single ‘Push Push’ (featuring DJ David Guetta and Senegalese sensation Akon) and Bajan pop musician Jaicko’s song ‘Oh Yeah’ (featuring American rap giant Snoop Dogg) during this period. She also sang background vocals in Whitney Houston’s final studio album ‘I Look to You’ (2009).
Move to Nigerian Music
In 2011, the singer made her acting debut with ‘For Coloured Girls,’ the Nigerian adaptation of an American play. She also became the first female African musician to sign an endorsement deal with ‘Pepsi.’ She also co-hosted the second season of ‘Nigerian Idol’ with MC IllRymz.
After a meeting with Tunji Balogun, her future husband and the then-A&R operative at ‘Interscope Records,’ Savage became aware of the rapidly growing Afropop scene back in Nigeria. Looking to finally build a solo career, she moved back to Nigeria, where she initially faced some hostility. However, she persevered and soon set up ‘323 Entertainment,’ her own label imprint, with Balogun.
‘323 Entertainment’ soon began collaborating with award-winning Nigerian producer Don Jazzy’s newly minted label, ‘Mavin Records.’ Savage herself signed with ‘Mavin’ in 2012 and later featured on their 2012 compilation, ‘Solar Plexus.’