Nigerian music icon, Tiwa Savage, has stated that she is delighted to
sell the Nigerian and African brand to the global entertainment
community, adding that she would not change the brand but work harder to
present it better to the world.
Speaking Wednesday on
the Morning Show of Arise Television, a sister broadcast station of
THISDAY Newspapers, Savage who described herself as a modern-day Fela
girl, argued that the late African beat icon’s girls were misunderstood.
stated that even when she sent her works to the United Kingdom (UK) and
the rhythm could not be understood, she refused to change her style,
adding that Nigerians and Africans were indeed learning to appreciate
“If you don’t try, you won’t
succeed. It is not time for me to relax and say that I am at the same
level with Rihanna. I need to do my thing. I need the support of
Nigerians and the whole continent.
When I go to the UK to
perform, they appreciate us more than American artistes. We are learning
to appreciate our own. It is so cool to be a Nigerian and African. The
‘pidgin’ english (an English-based pidgin and creole language spoken as a
lingua franca across Nigeria) is there but we are trying to present it
better to the world.”
According to her, before she moved back to
Nigeria in 2009, the music in Nigerian clubs was 70 percent American and
only 30 percent Africans.
“But when I came back, it changed with
the presence of D’banj, Tuface, Don Jazzy and the rest of Nigerian
artistes. We did not care whether the rest of the world was listening or
not,” she added.
“I am delighted to sell the Nigerian
brand; I don’t need to change some of the songs. When I sent the rhythm
to the UK and they did not understand, I don’t need to change anything,”
The mother of one said her music was like Jollof rice.
am in love with Jollof rice. When I prepare it, I can dish it out
anyhow and eat. But when you have a guest, you dish it out in a very
special way. That is what we do in music,” Savage explained.
her plans for next year, the music icon pledged to work harder for
Africans and the rest of the world, adding that she would increase her
last year’s efforts by 100 per cent to encourage African women.
said she wanted to encourage African women to understand that getting
married or having kids should not put an end to their career.
According to her:
you get married or have kids- it doesn’t mean that your career has
ended. Your career has just started. I worked under Don Jazzy who is
extremely talented. If you look at his catalog, no two songs are the
same. I cannot take all the credit. When I was pregnant, he was very
understanding and very helpful. These guys were very understanding about
Speaking on Fela’s girls, she argued
that they were misunderstood, adding that people acknowledged the late
Afro Beats’ king as a godfather and forgot the women that added glamour
to his music.
According to her, what Fela’s girls did on stage was mere entertainment, which did not mean that they were loose off stage.
girls were misunderstood. What they did on stage was just
entertainment. What they do on stage doesn’t mean that they are loose
off stage. People say Fela is godfather but people forget the women that
added glamour to Fela’s show,” she said.
“When I performed
initially in Nigeria, they screamed that it was too much; that it was
too S3@.x:’y. We are still fighting the same battle the Fela girls
fought. There is no way a movie and entertainment will not have
S3@.x:’ual scenes. The only thing we can do as Africans is to provide
guidelines. You cannot stop an artiste from being S3@.x:’ual in