Album Review: Tiwa Savage – Celia
Join our Hosts, Mariam and Zeem, as they walk you through Tiwa Savage’s album titled Celia, that was named after her mother. The hosts of The Review show dissect the 13 songs in the album. They give their reactions towards the album and I guess you would either agree or disagree with the. Tiwa Savage did a great job with the album and we definitely want to listen to more from her.
Over the past 10 years, Tiwa Savage has been one of Nigeria’s most visible acts. For any artist, it doesn’t get bigger than winning the MTV European Music Awards. With a combination of her distinct soprano – that sometimes descends into warped falsetto, her good looks, sexuality, an alluring personality and consistency, she has gone from the woman Cecil Hammond had a deal with into a worthy legend.
While writing her story, she became the standard for a female pop star across Africa. Even though she was often criticized for pandering to the male gaze and never speaking for women, her career kept advancing till the change of guard in Nigeria caught her and everybody else off guard in 2019.
All her 2019 singles were either lukewarm or poor. ‘Shotan’ was a good song that was wrongly timed while ‘49-99,’ ‘Attention’ and ‘Owo Mi Da’ were roundly disappointing. She might have had good numbers, but we all know great reception isn’t just a reflection of great numbers these days.
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In 2020, she bounced back with impressive singles, ‘Dangerous Love’ and especially, ‘Koroba.’ The ‘Jare’ and songwriting on ‘Dangerous Love’ and its discussion of a precarious love story served as soft-landing for the amazing, ‘Koroba,’ which discusses Nigerian hypocrisy in the face of money on a beautiful Afro-pop production with great sonic chops.
Watch the full album breakdown below.
What is your favorite track from Celia?
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