Over the years, Nigeria has produced world-class musicians who have not only taken Nigeria by storm but also the world in general. Sade is one of the well-known musicians to have achieved this feat. In the current music scene, one name stands out as one of the best in Nigeria. The musician we are talking about is Tiwatope Savage Balogun popularly known as Tiwa Savage. Among the many reasons people regard Tiwa Savage as the best female Nigerian musician; the following clearly tops the list.
1. Cultural Diversity
Tiwa Savage can be said to be a child of many cultures. She was born in Lagos, Nigeria in 5th February 1980. On reaching the age of 11, the family relocated to the city of London in the United Kingdom. Later on, she proceeded to the United States. This gave her a lot of cultural exposure allowing her to sharpen her singing skills.
2. All-Rounded Artist
One thing that makes a great musician is having diverse skills in the art. This is what can be said of Tiwa savage. She is an eloquent vocalist, lively performer, bright songwriter, brilliant recording artist, as well as a smart entrepreneur. All these aspects plus her flexibility in using Yoruba as well as English makes her a top Nigerian musician.
3. Early Exposure to Music
Tiwa savage started singing at quite an early stage. This played a crucial role in making her a prolific musician. While still in high school, she was playing the trombone. Later on, at age 16, she became a backup singer for George Michael who is one of the acclaimed musicians in the world.
4. Proper Schooling
Other than having a passion and talent for music, the Nigerian songstress is well-trained in music. She attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music, which is revered for teaching top-notch musicians. Notable names include Keith Harris who is the drummer for “Black Eyed Peas”, Radar Ellis, Scott Coleman just to name a few.
5. Signed With a Top Record Label
Tiwa Savage is signed with Sony ATV as a songwriter. She has worked alongside Chuck Harmony who does production for Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, as well as Warren Felder who is known for working with Jennifer Lopez as well as Chris Brown.
6. Working with the Best
In her music career that spans over a decade, she has provided vocals to renowned musicians. She has also toured the globe as a vocalist thus further enhancing her singing prowess. Singers she has worked for include Chaka Khan, Mary J. Blige, Emma Bunton from The Spice Girls, Kelly Clarkson, Andreas Bocelli, Blu Cantrell, Ms Dynamite, among others.
7. Wealth of Experience
The Nigerian songbird is not short of stardom. Other than just working as a backup vocalist, she has also shared the spotlight with “Giants” in the music industry regionally as well as globally. Some of whom include Flavour, Robbie Williams, Sting, Iceberg Slim, The Black Eyed Peas, Sarkodie, Eminem, 50 Cent, Leo Wonder, Destiny’s Child, General Pype to name but a few.
8. Familiarity with Different Genre of Music
Tiwa savage can best be described as a music artist for all seasons. She is well versed in different types of music genres and can also blend well with different artists. This can be observed from her latest album “Once Upon A Time” which features reggae, kwaito, R&B, dubstep, house, and techno.
9. Nominations and Awards
Tiwatope Savage achievements are quite remarkable. Other than songwriting for Grammy Award winners such as Fantasia, David Guetta, Akon, Snoop Dogg (Snoop Lion), Kat Deluna, and others, she has been nominated and has won accolades in Channel O, MOBO, Nigeria Music Award(NMVA), 4 Syte, Hip-hop, among others.
10. Entrepreneurship Knowledge
As a Business Administration graduate from the University of Kent, she is a co-owner of the 323 record label which she owns together with her husband Tunji Balogun also known as “Tee Bills or TJ”.
As a vocalist, songwriter, and entrepreneur, Tiwa Savage is well on her way to achieving musical glory. Having spent a lot of time as a backup singer as well as writing for world-famous musicians, she is well poised to reach her stardom sooner rather than later. This is quite evident from her award-winning track “Kele Kele love” and “Love Me (3X)” which were well received. In addition, her debut album “Once Upon A Time” which was launched on the 6th of July is worth listening to.