Acclaimed Nigerian Singer-Songwriter, Tiwa, was the first female Artist to be named Best African Act at the MTV EMA Awards in 2018


Tiwa Savage, acclaimed Nigerian singer-songwriter, has signed with Universal Music Group. Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, announced an exclusive global recording agreement with the Nigerian singer who happens to be one of Africa’s biggest stars. Tiwa’s artistry spans music, fashion, film and television. Under the agreement, her future music will be released internationally through UMG’s operations in more than 60 countries worldwide. Projects will be produced by Efe Ogbeni of Regime Music Societe and Vannessa Amadi-Ogbonna.

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Tiwa follows in the footsteps of Diamond Platnumz who signed with UMG sometime in 2017 and made history by becoming the first African artist to sign with the label. That signing brought us the collaboration between Ne-Yo and the Tanzanian singer. Most recently, Diamond collaborated with Omarion for the banger African Beauty which was used to launch the Safaricom music app SONGA. 

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During the signing Tiwa 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.”

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The acclaimed singer-songwriter was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and later received a scholarship to study Professional Music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts before embarking on a career that has seen her achieve creative success across a multitude of mediums.

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You may recognize Tiwa from Sauti Sol’s “Girl Next Door” or as one of Vogue US top 100 inspirational women. She was later featured in British Vogue’s December 2018 issue as one of 10 women that are changing the face of music globally. She has released a string of singles including “Mr Lova Lova” ft Duncan Mighty, “Diet” and “Tiwa’s Vibe” all of which hit the No. 1 spot across charts within Africa, securing her position as one of Afrobeats leading artists. A resilient force within Africa’s ever-growing entertainment industry, she has also managed to carve a career as a reputable songwriter, conquering the charts in Africa whilst balancing her roles as an entrepreneur, mentor and mother.

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Throughout summer 2019, Tiwa will play a string of international festivals including the UK’s Wireless Festival, Afropunk in Paris and Oh My! Festival in Amsterdam.


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