Tiwa Savage is one of Nigerian female artist currently making waves as her passion for life and love transforms her passion into the lyrics that she composes.
With timeless tracks that are groovy, yet speaking to the every day life thought of others, Tiwa has been able to carve her own niche in the African music industry.
In this interview with Vanguard Esther Onyegbula, this graduate of Business and accounts from the University of Kent talks about her fashion sense, inspiration, dreams and challenges.
“To me whatever you put on reflects your mood, and if I am feeling glamourous I wear something that is glamourous, when I am feeling more relaxed I put on things that make me feel relaxed; so basically fashion an expression of your person”.
Tiwa who considers herself stylish notes that even though her style is varies a lot, still I am very girlie, “I love dresses, I love skirts but when I want to be comfortable I love to wear leggings and I love to wear hills”.
While she does mix and match her clothes collections like most women she also goes for designers. “I love to shop at designer’s shops as well as other places. I will eat indomine noodles for two months and save up money, to buy a designer product that I fancy” she adds.
What is the most recent fashion item you bough recently?
I just recently bought a perfume, guilty by Gucci
What is your most prized fashion item?
I love my bags
Could you please tell me about your educational background?
I did some of my schooling in Nigeria and latter went to London. I am a graduate of Business and accounts at the University of Kent, and I also did my second degree in General studies at Gregory College of music in America.
So what is the relationship between your first degree and music?
It was just my Nigerian parents they said if you want to do music you have to study something else first, so I had to do business and accounts because I figured it was going to be very handy with contracts and music and stuffs like that, they were like before I would be singing anything I have to study something else first.
Everyone following the Nigerian music is of the opinion that presently the Nigerian music lacks content but has beats what is your stake on that?
I think you know what it is happening everywhere, even in American it is not just a Nigerian issue, people like Soldier boy who are reigning on the air waves, it has always been like that, but I think the balance is that we have people like Asa, we have people like Omawumi,
2FACE who give it their balance and because when you go to clubs you don’t want to hear deep songs you want to be able to enjoy and make sure the balance is there, and there are other artiste that are doing club music that are recognized as well. How would you describe your kind of music?
My music has a wide range, I sing stuff from R&B, afro pop, to country, to Jazz, to soul and so I have a lot of influences.
When did you get into music professionally?
When I was sixteen I started singing back voices for George Michael, Mary J Bilge, Kenny Clarkson, Whitney Houston and other international artiste. I started as a background singer.
What inspires your kind of music?
I am actually singed to Sony from American so I write songs, I have written songs for Akon, Catalina, when I am writing for other people I study them as an artist, study their emotions and stuff like that, but when I am writing for myself, I am inspired by experience and also God is a very big source of my inspiration
How would you describe the Nigerian music industry?
It is tops, honestly, I am not just saying it because I am a Nigerian, or part of it, because I think Nigerian music industry is amazing because we have limited resources compared to all these America artiste and we still come out with great music, I love the fact that when you go to clubs they play about 80% of Nigerian songs which is an inspiration and it is incredible. I think the Nigerian music is definitely growing.
What do you think can be done to improve the lot of Nigerian artiste?
I think we have to do a lot to monitor sales of CDs and to monitor piracy so that artiste can get paid properly and also when they get paid properly they can improve more on the quality of their music, but I think if we can govern and most times when they bring international artiste they pay them more than Nigerian artiste, I think we need to invest more in the Nigerian artiste also.
What would you say to your fans who will be reading this interview?
I don’t want to call them fans, I want to call them supporters, I want to say thank you and that may God continue to bless them and their family, because they have been so kind to me and to encourage them to like whatever there dreams are to pursue them like we are all going places in Jesus name.