Tiwa Savage has signed an exclusive global recording agreement with Universal Music Group (UMG), the music-based entertainment global leader announced in a statement on Thursday.
Under the new agreement, Tiwa’s future music will be released internationally through UMG’s operations in more than 60 countries worldwide.
This deal makes Tiwa the first Nigerian female act to be signed to the label.
As a result of the new deal, the singer has also left the Don Jazzy-founded Mavin Records which she joined seven years ago during its transition from Mo’Hits Records.
Universal Music Group also announced that Tiwa’s future projects will be executively produced by Efe Ogbeni of Regime Music Societe and Vannessa Amadi-Ogbonna.
Speaking on the deal, Tiwa 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.”
Adam Granite, EVP Market Development, Universal Music Group said, “We are looking forward to partnering with Tiwa and her team to help her music reach new audiences around the world. As one of Africa’s most successful, influential and dynamic singer-songwriters, Tiwa has truly global ambitions and UMG is committed to helping her in achieving them.”
Efe Ogbeni and Vannessa Amadi-Ogbonna of Stealth Management said, “We’re very proud to be a part of this ground-breaking partnership between Tiwa Savage and Universal Music Group. Tiwa is undoubtedly the most hardworking and talented female artist crossing over from Africa to the rest of the world.
“UMG has demonstrated its commitment to the continent by placing its formidable machinery behind her amazing career. Partnerships like these symbolise the hopes and dreams of so many talented artists back home in Africa and it is an honour to be the executive producers of her project.”
In a caption accompanying the post, he wrote, “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 the heart and pray GOD’s blessings to continue to follow you. Amennnn.”
During her time with Mavin, Tiwa transformed from just a talented singer to an A-lister, show headliner and multiple award-winner.
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.
Glo Hails Tobi Amusan on Third Diamond League Win
Leading provider of digital and telecommunications services, Globacom, has congratulated its brand ambassador, Tobi Amusan, on her victory in the women’s 100-meter hurdles at the Diamond League final in Oregon, United States.
Amusan won the race on Sunday night in 12.33 seconds to win the Diamond League for the third time in a row. She captured her maiden Diamond League trophy in 2021 and had successfully defended it in 2022 in Zurich, Switzerland.
Globacom, which applauded Amusan for the remarkable accomplishment, said in a statement on Tuesday that her triumph, “despite her recent setback, has demonstrated that she is a bright professional who still has a lot to give the world of athletics”.
“With the third Diamond League trophy in her kitty, Amusan remains a true African ambassador at the world stage and an inspiration to millions of youths who look up to her as a role model”, Globacom said.
The company praised Amusan for embodying the resilience and work spirit of the Nigerian people and challenged her to keep progressing, win more laurels, and create a lasting impression on the world of athletics stage.
Amusan has now won three 100m hurdles championships, making her the second woman in Diamond League history to do so after Dawn Nelson-Harper.
Mohbad: Ikorodu ‘Cultist’ Threatens to Kill Naira Marley (Video)
By Eric Elezuo
A man, who identified himself as Obama, in a viral video, posted by Ogunsuyi Kehinde David @kennywhite234, has threatened to kill Afro hip hop singer, Naira Marley, if he comes to Ikorodu.
The man, who appeared pissed off at the burial site of Mohbad, and said to be cult leader, was seen issuing death threat at Marley in company of other equally aggrieved young people. They accused the musician of being responsible for Mohbad’s tragic death on Tuesday.
It is imperative to note that ever since the death of the 27 year-old singer was announced, the internet has been awash with accusations of culpability against Naira Marley. They said he knows one or two things concerning the death.
Recall that Mohbad and Naira Marley were once part of the same music family. Mohbad, a young rapper, was signed to Naira Marley’s record label called Marlian Records. However, things between them turned sour, and they went their separate ways in 2022. There were hints of trouble before their split.
Mohbad had posted messages on social media, suggesting that he felt threatened and was having problems with Naira Marley and his team. He even shared photos from a hospital bed, claiming he was assaulted. This made people wonder if there were issues between them.
While many suspected that their disagreements might have played a part in Mohbad’s tragic death, there is no concrete evidence to confirm this.
Furthermore, the exact details of what happened between Mohbad and Naira Marley are still sketchy but nonetheless the music community is sad and it appears their anger is directed at the “Soapy” crooner.
Apart from the Ikorodo threat, Naira Marley has received condemnations and more concerning the death of Mohbad.
Mohbad, who died on Tuesday, was hurriedly buried on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after his death.
More will surely be heard concerning the death of Mohbad in the days ahead.
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Rema Wins Best Afrobeats at MTV Video Music Award
Nigerian music star Divine Ikubor, popularly known as Rema, emerged winner of the first Best Afrobeats award at the MTV Video Music Award in Newark, New Jersey, United States of America Tuesday.
Rema won for his collaborative effort with International star Selena Gomez on the record ‘Calm Down.’
Organisers of the show unveiled the best afrobeats category in the 2023 edition.
Rema’s ‘Calm Down,’ was nominated alongside Burna Boy’s ‘It’s Plenty,’ Davido feat Musa Key’s ‘Unavailable,’ Ayra Starr’s ‘Rush,’ Libianca’s ‘People,’ Wizkid feat Ayrra Starr’s ‘2 Sugar,’ and Fireboy DML’s ‘Bandana.