Nigerian singer, Tiwa Savage has signed an international recording deal with Universal Music Group (UMG).
The group announced through their official Instagram account that they were “thrilled to welcome Tiwa Savage, one of Africa’s biggest stars to the Universal Music Group Family”.
Under the agreement, Savage’s future music will be released internationally through UMG’s operations in more than 60 countries worldwide.
Following the deal, Savage said: “My biggest goal is to make Africa proud. I’m so excited for this moment and I’m thankful to Sir Lucian Grainge and my new UMG family for their belief in my dreams.
“I’m looking forward to this next chapter in my career and I’m more ready than I have ever been.”
On how she felt about the deal, she said, “It’s like a dream and more importantly it means that I’m part of the legacy, I’m part of a huge engine and it’s definitely an honor.”
UMG is an American global music corporation and is the world leader in music-based entertainment.
The deal marked the end of her seven years contract with Mavin Records owned by renowned producer, Don Jazzy.
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#ThankYouTiwa… #Repost @donjazzy ・・・ Our darling Tiwatope. We at Mavin would like to say a very big thank you for being such an inspiration to all of us, a friend, a sister. It’s been an epic journey with you and we are very proud of what we have achieved together. As you start this new chapter in your life we want you to know that we are solidly behind you and can’t wait for the world to see what we have always believed you can be. Your jersey as the First Lady of Mavin will forever be yours as we do not intend to fill that position with anyone else. We love you from the bottom of heart and pray GOD’s blessings continue to follow you. Amennnn. #Mavin @tiwasavage
In 2018, she made history by being the first female to be awarded the Best African Act at the MTV European Music Awards.
That same year, she became the first African female act to sell out London’s Indig02.
In December 2018, she was picked by Coldplay’s lead singer Chris Martin to perform alongside Beyonce, Ed Sheeran and Jay Z live at the Global Citizen Festival in Johannesburg to a 70,000 in celebration of the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth.
The “Kelekele’’ crooner has described the deal as a “new era” for her and her music career.
Yemi Alade covers Guardian Life magazine’s issue
The ‘Mama Africa’ singer with several landmark achievements, including BET, MTV African Music Award, and MOBO Awards, as well as changing the narratives with her music outside the shores of Africa, and more recently listed as one of the most influential people in Africa in 2018.
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@yemialade is a woman of many layers! A star, the music maker, your girl next-door, Mama Africa and now she is your woman of steel. With her versatility and undeniable talent, she is at the forefront of things, championing Nigerian and African music to the world. Pick a copy of today's issue of The Guardian Life Magazine, the entertainment and lifestyle supplement of the @GuardianNigeria Newspapers as she speaks with us on everything that forges her! . . . #yemialade #womanofsteel #guardianlifeng #entertainer #guardianlife #singer #music #mamaafrica
SZA who adopts Nigerian name features in DJ Khaled album, ‘Father of Asahd’
This year, DJ Khaled plays with fire again by sampling OutKast’s “Ms. Jackson” for his new record “Just Us,” featuring SZA. While it’s good to hear some new SZA — especially since this marks her first solo cut in two years — it’s hard to ignore the impact of “Ms. Jackson” and Andre’s timeless hook.
The 28-year-old SZA in April made a name change on the Instagram page to ‘Amarachi Chinonso‘ — a name from the eastern part of Nigeria.
But it’s uncertain if the African-American music artist would choose to stick with the name outside social media.
3 Nigerian artists Burna Boy, Teni, Mr Eazi gets BET Awards’ noms
Teni was rewarded for her amazing musical growth in 2018 with a nomination in the best new international act category.
Burna Boy and Mr. Eazi were both nominated in the best international act category alongside AKA (South Africa); Aya Nakamura (France); Dave (U.K.); Dosseh (France) and Giggs (U.K).
The two artists, alongside Teni, were the biggest stars of 2018 dropping fan-favorites all year long. Burna Boy And Eazi also performed at Coachella festival in April.
The BET Awards were established in 2001 to celebrate African Americans and other American minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment over the past year.
The 2019 BET awards will take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on June 23.