Date of Birth: Tuesday 05 February 1980


Tiwatope Savage-Balogun[4] (born 5 February 1980), better known by her stage name Tiwa Savage, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, performer and actress. She currently has a songwriting deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing.[5] Savage signed a recording contract with Mavin Records in 2012.[6] Savage also signed a management and publishing deal with Roc Nation in June 2016, which she later confirmed via Instagram.[7] She co-wrote the track "Collard Greens & Cornbread" off Fantasia Barrino's Grammy-nominated album, Back to Me.[8] Savage was featured on Solar Plexus, a compilation album released by Mavin Records.[9]Her debut studio album, Once Upon a Time, was released on 3 July 2013. It was supported by the singles "Kele Kele Love", "Love Me (3x)", "Without My Heart", "Ife Wa Gbona", "Folarin", "Olorun Mi" and "Eminado". Savage's second studio album, R.E.D, was released on 19 December 2015. It produced the singles "My Darlin'", "African Waist" and "If I Start To Talk". Savage sings in English and Yoruba.[10] As a singer, her achievements include one MTV Africa Music Award, two The Headies Awards, one Channel O Music Video Award, one Nigeria Music Video Award, and two City People Entertainment Awards, among others.

 

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Music career[edit]

Early life, career beginnings, and songwriting[edit]

Tiwa Savage was born in Ikeja, the capital of Lagos State. Her family relocated to London when she was 11 years old. While attending high school, she was a trombone player for her school's orchestra band. Savage had a healthy upbringing; she grew up in a multicultural setting due to her migration from Nigeria to the United Kingdom, and from the United Kingdom to the United States. After graduating with a degree in Business administration from the University of Kent, Savage started working at The Royal Bank of Scotland.[11] She did backup vocals for George Michael at the age of 16, and lent vocals to other musicians such as Mary J. BligeChaka KhanBlu CantrellEmma BuntonKelly ClarksonAndrea Bocelli, and Ms. Dynamite, amongst others.[6][10] Furthermore, she has performed on stage with Sting50 CentThe Black Eyed PeasEminemRobbie Williams and Destiny's Child, to name a few.[6]

Savage enrolled at Berklee College of Music and graduated with a degree in professional music at the age of 27. While reminiscing about her experiences there, she said she was motivated by the drive and passion of the younger students. She also said she needed the school's atmosphere. Savage spoke briefly on the challenges musicians face during their transition from backup to lead, and said that artists face more scrutiny when their performances are mediocre. Her business background has helped her fully understand the scope of the Nigerian music industry. Savage spoke about her business background and said that her level of professionalism does not make her susceptible to deception.[11]

In 2006, Savage participated in the UK edition of The X Factor and advanced to the final 24 while attending the aforementioned music school.[10] While participating in the popular music competition franchise, she had difficulty dealing with the limelight. Savage was quoted as saying, "You have to always realize that people are watching. When I got the bad news that I wasn't getting through [to the final 12] it was a really painful time. But you still have to learn how to hold that until you get home. Because you don't want to just let everything out. People admire you and want to see that you're strong; they don't want to see you breaking down."[11]

In 2009, Sony/ATV Music Publishing signed Savage to a music deal. The deal solidified her to write for BabyfaceKat DelunaFantasia BarrinoMonica and Mýa. She has received songwriting credits for her contribution to Monica's soul-tinged ballad "Catch Me". Moreover, her collaboration with Fantasia on the song "Collard Greens & Cornbread" earned the American recording artist a Grammy nomination in 2010. Savage wrote Jaicko's "Oh Yeah" featuring Snoop Dogg, and Kat Deluna's "Push Push" featuring Akon and David Guetta. In as much as she likes writing for other artists, she finds writing for herself more rewarding. Savage performed background vocals on Whitney Houston's album I Look to You (2009).[11]

In December 2011, she co-hosted the second season of Nigerian Idol alongside IllRymz. Moreover, she made her film debut with Joke Silva and Ireti Doyle in the stage adaptation of For Coloured Girls. Savage became the first African female artist to be associated with the Pepsi brand after signing an endorsement deal with them.[11]

2010—2013:Once Upon A Time, Mavin Records deal, humanitarian work, and endorsements[edit]

Main article: Once Upon a Time (Tiwa Savage album)

This album is straight from my heart and it's something that I've worked so tirelessly for. A lot of people wondered why it took me so long a time to drop my own album. That's because we had to go through a lot of legal processes to clear some of the samples that we used, and that took us some months. Also, we wanted to work with notable producers outside the shores of the country like Oak who produces Rihanna. So, we had to work around his schedule and waited for them to have our time. But this album is something that I really took my time with because I didn't want it to be the usual Nigerian album that contains just party tracks from the beginning till the end.

-Tiwa Savage, speaking to Vanguard about her debut studio album[12]

Savage established her own label imprint, 323 Entertainment, with her then-manager and husband Tunji "Tee Billz" Balogun whom she got engaged to on 5 February 2013.[13] She joined Don Jazzy's Mavin Records in 2012 after the label she co-owns teamed up with the executive producer. She was one of the lead artists on Solar Plexus, the record label's 2012 compilation album.[6][10] Savage started recording her debut studio album in 2010. She networked with Berklee alumni Keith Harris, Derek Pate, Scott Coleman, Radar Ellis, and Darien Dorsey while attending the aforementioned music school. During her interview with Brenda Pike, she said she collaborated with producers Chuck Harmony, Warren "Oak" Felder, and So Sick (Da Grin), among others. Moreover, she said that her debut album will include records in her native tongue.[11] Savage was featured on Flavour N'abania's "Oyi Remix" in 2012. Prior to collaborating with Flavour, she recorded her own version of the song.[14]

In celebration of Nigeria's 52nd independence, Savage performed her rendition of "Arise, O Compatriots" for Ndani Sessions.[15]In November 2012, Savage collaborated with WajePraizTimi Dakolo and Pamela Egoh on the Ovation Red Carol Theme Song "Higer".[16] In May 2013, Savage held an album listening party at the Wheat Baker Hotel in Ikoyi. She revealed the entire track list of the album and announced Iceberg Slim, Sarkodie and General Pype as featured acts.[17] On 3 July 2013, she released her long-awaited debut album, Once Upon a Time, to the Nigerian public. The album was released on iTunes a day before the Nigerian release. Savage named the album Once Upon a Time in order to portray the positive stories about her life. She said she wanted to motivate other upcoming artists by telling them that, once upon a time, she was a little girl in Isale Eko who dreamt of being a star. The album includes political songs like "Middle Passage", which is about the struggles of African men in a foreign country.[12]

Savage has been involved in many youth empowerment and breast cancer screening projects across Nigeria.[10][12] Savage helped raise money for an organisation that build schools in her hometown. In July 2013, Savage signed an endorsement deal with MTN Nigeria reportedly worth S58;30 million.[18]She also signed endorsement deals with Pepsi,[19] Forte Oil,[20] and Maggi.[21]

Challenges faced in the Nigerian music industry[edit]

When Savage stepped onto Nigeria's musical landscape, she didn't know what to expect. Moreover, she received a lot of ridicule and hostility from people who believed she wouldn't make it. She said that numerous people tried to discourage her from settling in Nigeria. Moreover, people told her that she wouldn't be welcome as a female singer. Furthermore, they said that she wouldn't be able to share the same stage with the likes of Tuface and Wizkid. Savage didn't allow people's negative connotation of her discourage her from doing music. She released her debut single "Kele Kele Love". The song made its way to the top of several Nigerian music charts.[12]

2014—2016: Musical releases, MTV Africa Music Awards performance, and Roc Nation deal[edit]

Tiwa Savage performing at GTBank's Annual Year End Concert in December 2014

On 31 January 2014, Savage released "Love in Yellow", a promotional single meant to celebrate Valentine's Day 2014. The song, which has a retro R&B and Funk sound, was produced by Spellz.[22] Savage was featured on Reekado Banks's 2014 single "Turn It Up", which was produced by Don Jazzy.[23] On 1 May 2014, Mavin Records released "Dorobucci" featuring Savage, Don Jazzy, Dr SID, D'Prince, Reekado Banks, Korede Bello and Di'Ja. The song, which was produced by Don Jazzy, is the record label's first collaborative release since the release of the Solar Plexus album in 2012.[24][25]

On 19 May 2014, Foston Musik premiered Patoranking's "Girlie 'O' Remix" featuring Savage. The song was produced by WizzyPro.[26] The music video for the song was shot and directed in London by Moe Musa. It was uploaded onto Patroranking's Vevo account on 20 May 2014, at a total length of 4 minutes and 7 seconds.[27] On 7 June 2014, Savage performed at the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards alongside MiguelFlavour N'abaniaDavidoMafikizoloUhuruOskido and Professor.[28] On 27 May 2014, 323 Entertainment and Mavin Records released the music video for "Wanted", a song from the Once Upon a Time album. It was directed by Moe Musa in London.[29] The release of the video prompted a huge public backlash across various social networking sites, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.[30]

In June 2014, Savage collaborated with Mi CasaLola RaeSarkodieDiamond Platnumz, and Davido on a song for DSTV's Africa Rising campaign, which was designed to inspire Africans to partake in community-based social investment projects. The music video for the song, released on 24 June 2014, was shot and directed by South African production house Callback Dream.[31] The aforementioned artists performed the song at the Africa Rising launch ceremony in Mauritius.[32] In June 2016, there were reports in the media that Savage had signed a management and distribution deal with Roc Nation.[33] On 29 July 2016, she made it official by announcing the deal through her Instagram account, thereby making her the first Nigerian artist to be signed to the label.[34][33]

Personal life[edit]

Tiwa Savage is married to Tunji "Tee Billz" Balogun. On 23 November 2013, the couple held their traditional marriage at the Ark in Lekki.[35][36] The couple's white wedding was held on 26 April 2014, at the Armani Hotel in Dubai.[37][38] On 1 January 2015, Savage and her husband, Tunji "Tee Billz" Balogun, announced that they were expecting their first child together.[39] On 22 July 2015, Tiwa Savage gave birth to her son Jamil Balogun.[40][41] On 28 April 2016, Tunji "Tee Billz" Balogun, in a series of social media posts, accused his wife of infidelity as well as her mother of witchcraft.[42] In a 45-minute interview conducted by Thisday newspaper and Pulse Nigeria, Tiwa Savage extensively addressed her husband's lengthy social media posts regarding their marriage. She debunked her husband's infidelity claims and accused him of financial recklessness, drug addiction, and abandonment.[43] Moreover, she said that her marriage to him is over.[43]

Discography[edit]

Main article: Tiwa Savage discography

Studio albums

Compilation albums

Television[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes Ref
2013-2014 Shuga (season 3) Sade Banjo Supporting cast [44][45]
Plays
Year Title Role Notes Ref
2011 For Colored Girls [A] N/A Supporting cast [46]

Awards and nominations[edit]

This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it.

Year Event Prize Recipient Result Ref
2016 WatsUp TV Africa Music Viedeo Awards African Video of the Year Bad Nominated [47]
Best African Female Video Bad Nominated
Best West African Video Bad Nominated
Best African Performance Herself - One Africa Music Fest 2016 Nominated
2015 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards African Artiste of the Year Herself Nominated [48]
City People Awards Artiste of the Year(Female) Herself Nominated [49]
COSON Song Awards Best Love Song My Darlin Nominated [50]
Best Collabo Song Girlie O (Remix) Won
2014 ELOY Awards Best Female Artist "Wanted" Nominated [51]
Best Brand Ambassador Tiwa Savage for MTN Nominated
The Headies 2014 Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year Herself Nominated [52]
Artiste of the Year Nominated
Best Vocal Performance (Female) Tiwa Savage for "Wanted" Nominated
Best R&B/Pop Album Once Upon a Time Nominated
Best Collabo "Girlie O Remix"
(Patoranking featuring Tiwa Savage)
Nominated
Best Reggae/Dancehall Single Won
2014 Channel O Music Video Awards Most Gifted Female "Eminado"
(featuring Don Jazzy)
Won [53]
Most Gifted Video of the Year Nominated [54]
MOBO Awards Best African Act Herself Nominated [55]
2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Female Artist of the Year Herself Won [56]
Best Pop/R&B Artist of the Year Won
Best Album of the Year Once Upon a Time Nominated [57]
Hottest Single of the Year "Eminado"
(featuring Don Jazzy)
Nominated
Best Music Video of the Year (Artist & Director) "Eminado"
(featuring Don Jazzy)[B]
Nominated
African Muzik Magazine Awards Best Female West Africa Herself Won [58]
City People Entertainment Awards Musician of The Year (Female) Won [59]
BET Awards 2014 Best International Act: Africa Nominated [60]
MTV Africa Music Awards 2014 Best Female Won [61]
World Music Awards World's Best Song "Eminado"
(featuring Don Jazzy)
Nominated [62]
World's Best Video Nominated
World's Best Female Artist Herself Nominated
World's Best Live Act Nominated
World's Best Entertainer of the Year Nominated
2013 Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) Best Use of Costumes "Without My Heart"
(featuring Don Jazzy)
Nominated [63]
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Collabo Nominated [64]
Channel O Music Video Awards Most Gifted Female Video Nominated [65]
4Syte TV Music Video Awards Best African Act Video Nominated [66]
MOBO Awards Best African Act Herself Nominated [67]
City People Entertainment Awards Musician of the Year (Female) Nominated [68]
Best Collabo of the Year "Without My Heart"
(featuring Don Jazzy)
Nominated
2012 Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) Best Use of Costumes "Ife Wa Gbona" Nominated [69]
Best Highlife Won [70]
Best Indigenous Concept Nominated [69]
Video of the Year Nominated
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best New Act of the Year Herself Nominated [71]
Best Pop/R&B Artist of the Year Nominated
The Headies Best Vocal Performance (Female) "Love Me (3x)" Won [72]
Best R 'N’ B Single Nominated
Channel O Music Video Awards Most Gifted R&B Music Video of the Year "Oyi (Remix)"
(Flavour N'abania featuring Tiwa Savage)
Won [73]
2011 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best New Act of the Year Herself Nominated [74]
Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) Best Use of Choreography "Kele Kele Love" Nominated [75]
City People Entertainment Awards Female Musician of the Year Herself Won [76]
Afrotainment Museke Online Music Awards Best R&B Soul Song "Kele Kele Love" Won [77]
FAB Magazine Awards Most Stylish Female Artiste Herself Won [78]
Dynamix All Youth Awards Most Promising Act Won [79]
Channel O Music Video Awards Most Gifted Female Video "Kele Kele Love" Nominated [80]
Tush Youth Awards Female Musician of the Year Herself Nominated [81]
Song of the Year "Love Me (3x)" Nominated
The Headies Next Rated "Kele Kele Love" Nominated [82]
2010 Dynamix All Youth Awards Promising Artiste of the Year Herself Nominated [83]

Notes[edit]

  1. Jump up^ For Colored Girls shouldn't be confused with Tyler Perry's 2010 film of the same name. It is actually the Nigerian adaptation of the American stage play, For colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf.
  2. Jump up^ The Best Music Video of the Year accolade was awarded to both Savage and Clarence Peters.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Jump up^ "Photos from Tiwa Savage's birthday bash with friends (LOOK)"YNaija. 8 February 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  2. Jump up^ "Tiwa Savage Talks About Her Career, Nigerian Artistes And More."Ariya Today. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
  3. Jump up^ "TIWA SAVAGE: GROWING UP IN ISALE EKO WAS FUN". Thisday. June 8, 2013. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
  4. Jump up^ "It's Official: Tiwa Savage Now Mrs Balogun"P.M. News. 23 November 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  5. Jump up^ "Tiwa Savage- Biography Home". Biographyhome. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  6. Jump up to:a b c d "Tiwa Savage – Mavin Records"Mavin Records. Archived from the original on 28 September 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  7. Jump up^ "Tiwa Savage ‘seals’ management deal with Jay Z’s Roc Nation". The Cable. 28 July 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  8. Jump up^ "Tiwa Savage Grammy Nomination". Notjustok.com. 12 February 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2012.
  9. Jump up^ "Don Jazzy forms Mavin Records, signs on Wande Coal, Tiwa Savage, D'Prince". Punch. 7 May 2012. Archived from the original on 21 October 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  10. Jump up to:a b c d e "Tiwa Savage – Profile". RVO Media. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  11. Jump up to:a b c d e f "Tiwa Savage Biography, a Nigerian singer". Nigeria Music Network. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  12. Jump up to:a b c d "My fiance wiped away my shame – Tiwa Savage". Vanguard. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  13. Jump up^ "Nigeria: Tiwa Savage Engaged On Her Birthday". allAfrica. 6 February 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
  14. Jump up^ "Tiwa Savage – OYI (Tiwa Remix)". Notjustok.com. 19 July 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  15. Jump up^ "Tiwa Savage Sings The National Anthem on Naija Independence Day". GhanaFilla. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  16. Jump up^ "OVATION RED CAROL". Hip Hop World Magazine. 23 December 2012. Archived from the original on 18 August 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  17. Jump up^ "Tiwa Savage Holds Album Listening Party; Reveals Tracklist". HipHopWorldMagazine. 27 May 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  18. Jump up^ "Tiwa Savage becomes MTN ambassador in N30m deal". Nigerian Entertainment Today. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  19. Jump up^ "Nigeria: Tiwa Savage and Wizkid Unveiled As Pepsi Ambassadors"AllAfrica.com. 14 July 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  20. Jump up^ Alonge, Osagie (14 February 2014). "Tiwa Savage unveiled as brand ambassador for Oil and Gas company". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  21. Jump up^ Zandonda, Isaac (7 April 2014). "Tiwa Savage, Toke Makinwa, and Sisi Yemmie Sign Mega Endorsement Deal with Maggi". Newspoint Africa. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  22. Jump up^ Opeoluwani, Akintayo (31 January 2014). "New Music: Tiwa Savage Drops Love In Yellow For Valentine"Daily Times of Nigeria. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  23. Jump up^ S, Deji (21 February 2014). "Another Mavin Activated! Don Jazzy presents Reekardo Banks Feat. Tiwa Savage – Turn It Up"Bellanaija. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  24. Jump up^ Akan, Joey (12 May 2014). "'Dorobucci' Makes Us Dance Our Brains Out!"Pulse. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  25. Jump up^ Opeoluwani, Akintayo (10 May 2014). "MUSIC REVIEW: 'Dorobucci' Could Have Been Better With D'Banj"Daily Times of Nigeria. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  26. Jump up^ S, Deji (19 May 2014). "BN Music Premiere: Patoranking Feat. Tiwa Savage – Girlie ‘O’ (Remix)"Bellanaija. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  27. Jump up^ "Patoranking Features Tiwa Savage in Girlie O Remix (Video)". Channels Television. 20 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  28. Jump up^ "Miguel, Tiwa Savage, Davido & Flavour to Perform at the 2014 MAMAs"Bellanaija. 21 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  29. Jump up^ "PHOTOS/VIDEO: Tiwa Savage’s Most Raunchy Video Finally Out"Osun Defender. 28 May 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  30. Jump up^ Owoseje, Toyin (28 May 2014). "Tiwa Savage Wanted Video: Singer's Super Sexy Promo Causes Backlash"International Business Times. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  31. Jump up^ Kaggwa, Andrew (29 June 2014). "DStv launches new campaign to inspire Africa"The Observer. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
  32. Jump up^ "Lindiwe rocks Africa Rising extravaganza"Zambia Daily Mail. 29 June 2014. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
  33. Jump up to:a b "Tiwa Savage signs with Jay Z's Roc Nation - reports"The Times. TMG Entertainment. 9 June 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  34. Jump up^ "CONFIRMED: Tiwa Savage signs deal with Roc Nation"Channel 24Johannesburg. 29 July 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  35. Jump up^ Omigie, Abiodun (28 November 2013). "PHOTO ALBUM: Tiwa Savage and Tunji Balogun’s traditional wedding"Nigerian Entertainment Today. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  36. Jump up^ Opeoluwani Ogunjimi (20 November 2013). "Details of Tiwa Savage's wedding to Tunji Balogun emerge"Daily Times of Nigeria. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  37. Jump up^ "EN: Tiwa Savage Ties Knot In Star Studded Dubai Wedding, Jeta Amata Debuts 3 Films"Channels TV. 29 April 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  38. Jump up^ Filani, Omotola (26 April 2014). "Tiwa Savage and Tee Billz tie the knots in star-studded Dubai wedding [PHOTOS]"Daily Post. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
  39. Jump up^ Abulude, Samuel (3 January 2015). "Tiwa Savage, Tee Billz Expecting 1st Child"Leadership Newspaper. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  40. Jump up^ Vwovwe Egbo (July 3, 2015). "Tiwa Savage Singer shares excitement on new born son"Pulse. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  41. Jump up^ Kenneth Chimaobi. "Tiwa Savage Reveals What Changed Her Life"Nigerian Bulletin. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  42. Jump up^ Owoseje, Toyin (28 April 2016). "Is Tiwa Savage's marriage over? Tee Billz accuses Nigerian singer's mother of witchcraft"International Business Times. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  43. Jump up to:a b Medeme, Ovwe (30 April 2016). "Tiwa Savage opens up: Our marriage has been over for a while"The Nation. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  44. Jump up^ "Tiwa Savage, Ice Prince, Iyanya, Chris Attoh, others premiere Shuga"The Daily Independent. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
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