Since landing on the scene in 2010 with “Kele Kele” and her 2013 debut album “Once Upon a Time,” Tiwa Savage has shown time and again why she is one of the biggest voices in Nigerian music.
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As far as Nigerian debut singles go, “Kele Kele,” was quite the “aha!” moment.
The Harmony Samuels-produced song coupled with the stunning Jerry Chan-directed video let us know that Tiwa Savage had arrived to shake up the male-dominated industry in a way that was truly unique to her.
“Who is she?” was the question “Kele Kele” left on everyone’s mind.
Ma Lo feat. Wizkid & Spellz
2017 was one of those great years in Nigerian music that witnessed a number of undeniable hits.
One of such hits was Tiwa Savage’s “Ma Lo” featuring Wizkid.
These two do make quite a pair sonically and “Ma Lo ” proves that. The song was produced by Spellz
Love Me 3x
Following her debut single came “Love Me x3.” On the track, Tiwa professes her love and calls for her love interest to reciprocate her feelings.
The accompanying video by Sesan, and pretty much most of Tiwa’s videos, show her reveling in her femininity.
If there was any question of her potential after “Kele Kele,” “Love Me x3” lay it all to rest
Without My Heart feat. Don Jazzy
From Tiwa’s stunning harmonies to Don Jazzy‘s assistance and Warren Oak Felder‘s brilliant sampling of Lenky’s “Diwali Riddim,” “Without My Heart” remains evergreen.
The video, as directed by Mark Hofmeyr, lived up to the song’s quality.
Eminado feat. Don Jazzy
“What is the meaning of Eminado?” is what the song “Eminado” left everyone wondering. That however did not stop the song from loudly ringing through airwaves across the country and beyond.
Tiwa eventually disclosed Eminado to be a word she made up to mean good luck charm.
Opening her debut album, Once Upon a Time, ‘Wanted’ is reflective of Rihanna’s Man Down.
The accompanying Moe Musa-directed video for the reggae tune caused quite a stir with many flagging it as “too raunchy” and “too suggestive”.
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In reality, it wasn’t any of those things but by Nigerian conservative standards, it was. Ultimately, it got banned across local stations.
Oyi Remix with Flavour
In this song, Tiwa lends her voice for the remix of Flavour‘s 2010 hit “Oyi” in which they both compare the absence of their love interest to freezing.
Also coming off Once Upon a Time, “Olorun Mi” is dedicated to our loved ones who have passed away.
Great production provided by Sauce Wilson, the song sees Tiwa showing off not only her vocal capacity but the depth of her pen game.
Girlie ‘O’ Remix with Patoranking
Produced by WizzyPro, Tiwa teamed up with Nigerian Dancehall artist, Patoranking for the remix of his 2014 record “Girlie O”.
The day after its release came the accompanying video directed by Moe Musa.
Lova Lova feat. Duncan Mighty
For the Spellz-produced “Lova Lova”, Tiwa Savage tapped Duncan Mighty and created a new moment in his (Duncan’s) comeback year.