With the continuing international focus on the Nigerian music scene as seen with Davido’s Fader Cover and Wizkid’s Vogue interview, it seems we will be getting more artistes being featured by international media in the coming months.
Recently Tiwa Savage had a sit down with Bola Monsuro on the BBC world service, where she discussed a myriad of topics that range from mental health to adult rated content in her artistry. Here are 5 things we picked up from that interview.
She will never be too far from the streets.
As she discussed her latest album, Tiwa was prompted about her street pop anthem, Standing Ovation featuring rapper, Olamide. The Mavin first lady revealed she made the song to connect with her core fans who may feel distant from the Tiwa Savage they see under the media spotlight.
She suffered post-natal depression.
Describing her single Say It off her sophomore album R.E.D, Tiwa Savage revealed the song was inspired by the difficulty she had, finding someone to talk to about the post-natal depression she suffered after the birth of her son Jamal. She decided to channel the hormonal changes into speaking for other women who have found themselves in the same state. “African women go through a lot, emotionally and physically,” she says “So basically it’s just saying we need to talk about it, which is one of the things I feel like we don’t do in Africa”
On that one ‘controversial’video.
Despite the media backlash over a year ago about Tiwa Savage’s accompanying video for her single Wanted , Tiwa Savage revealed she is unapologetic about making the clip. According to her, the only thing she holds to heart was not restricting the video to a more mature audience for the sake of teens and young adults who are at impressionable ages. But besides this, she says “The reason I don’t regret doing it is because I am a woman. I still have a sexual side to me.”
She still has a rebellious side.
Motherhood might have a calming side-effect for some people, but not Tiwa Savage. Concluding the question over her Wanted, video, Tiwa describes her sexy side as an active part of her femininity that pops up every once in a while.
On balancing music and motherhood.
Tiwa is no superwoman and when prompted about balancing music with motherhood, she admits her plates are fuller now thanks to the birth of her son. However, Tiwa believes she would fare just fine with the support of her husband and team.
Listen to the full interview below