Singer Tiwa Savage has stated that she sees herself as a new artiste who’s hustling again in entertainment.
The Universal Music Group artiste stated this during an interview with Billboard.
She said, “I see myself as a new artiste again who’s hustling. That’s my mentality. I don’t walk into a room expecting anyone to know who I am. I’m just here to get a seat at the table. I don’t know how many billions of people live in Africa, but it’s not a trend.”
She also spoke on the impact Africa is having on music globally.
“If you look at the history of pop, hip-hop, R&B, soul, gospel, blues and then negro spirituals which came from Africa — it’s the foundation of all these genres. I feel like it just did a 360 now, because the Internet has made everything so small. That’s why people are able to search for artistes back in Africa,” she said.
Speaking on Beyonce’s ‘Lion King’ inspired album, Tiwa said; “The project came out really well and it was very authentic. It’s easy when you’re not an African and you want to do a project like that, for Africans to be like, ‘Nah this isn’t Afro-beats.’ But she did a great job, so huge shout-out to her for putting so many of us on that kind of platform”, she said.
Speaking on how she became part of the project, she recalled; “Someone called me and said, ‘Beyoncé’s putting an album together and she wants to make it Afro-beats. Your name popped up’. I was just like, ‘Oh my God, please don’t get excited for no reason.”