Nigerian Celebrity News: Pop Star, Tiwa Savage Opens Up, Speaks With Billboard On Beyonce’s ‘Lion King’ Album

Tiwa Savage Speaks With Billboard On Beyonce’s ‘Lion King’ Album

Nigeria Entertainment News: Tiwa Savage Speaks With Billboard On Beyonce’s ‘Lion King’ Album

In a recent interview with Billboard, Tiwa Savage said that Beyonce’s ‘Lion King’ album, with African artist, was authentic. The Nigerian singer also shed light on the inspiration behind her new song and her Motown deal. For those who don’t know, Billboard magazine publishes The Billboard Hot 100, the music industry standard record chart in the United States for songs.

If you recall, back in July, Beyonce assembled African artists including Tiwa Savage, Wizkid, Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Tekno and Burna Boy on her ‘Lion King’-inspired album, ‘The Gift’. The Nigerian singer told Billboard,

Tiwa Savage Speaks With Billboard On Beyonce’s ‘Lion King’ Album

“The project came out really well and it was very authentic.

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“It’s easy when you’re not an African and you want to do a project like that, for Africans to be like, ‘Nah this isn’t Afrobeats.’

“But she did a great job, so huge shout-out to her for putting so many of us on that kind of platform,” she said.

On how she became part of the project, the Afro pop queen said,

““Someone called me and said, ‘Beyoncé’s putting an album together and she wants to make it Afrobeats.

“Your name popped up’. I was just like, ‘Oh my God, please don’t get excited for no reason,’ she recalled.

While giving the history of Afrobeats after being adked if she felt the album favoured more West Africans, Tiwa said:

“The world is calling this genre ‘Afrobeats,’ and the godfather of Afrobeat is Fela Kuti — he’s Nigerian.

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“So it only makes sense that a lot of the attention is going to be towards West Africa, because that’s where the pioneer really came from.

“But the beautiful thing about African music is you get great sounds from each region.

“If you hear some of the records from South African artists like Moonchild Sanelly and Nasty C, they are incredible.”

Tiwa Savage also expressed delight at

her new deal with Universal Music Group (UMG) and Motown Records, adding that it was full 360 for her.

She said, “I see myself as a new artist again who’s hustling. That’s my mentality. I don’t walk into a room expecting anyone to know who I am.

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“I’m just here to get a seat at the table. I don’t know how many billions of people live in Africa, but it’s not a trend.

“If you look at the history of pop, hip-hop, R&B, soul, gospel, blues and then negro spirituals which came from Africa — it’s the foundation of all these genres.

“I feel like it just did a 360 now, because the Internet has made everything so small. That’s why people are able to search for artists back in Africa,” she said.

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