Tiwa Savage on August 20, 2021 released her extended play “Water & Garri”. In it, she features American rappers Nas, Brandy, Amaarae and Tay Iwar.
On releasing two bodies of work in a pandemic…
Some people are like, “Are you sure you want to release another project? We’re not sure about touring yet.” And for me, it’s not really about that. It’s about putting music out and just making sure that people’s souls are still fed. That’s the only way I contribute to what’s going on around the world.
On the song named after a Nigerian radio show…
When I heard the instrumental, exactly how you said, just the way the beat felt just soft and light, but it still felt like this old school vibe. You just want to two-step it. So I wanted a record that felt good. The lyrics, even my delivery on it, my tone, I was very soft on it. But it’s a love song. Tales By Moonlight, it was a popular program when I was growing up in Nigeria and it was this lady or this man that used to tell stories. So it’s me saying I just want that fairy tale type of love. I don’t want to lose hope in just finding real love. I still believe in that. No matter how many times I’ve been heartbroken, I still am a sucker for love. I still believe there’s still that fairytale Cinderella ending.
On her collaboration with Nas
There’s a song on there, the very first song called Work Fada. It’s featuring Rich King and Nas. I’ve never created music like this. You just have to listen to it. You have to hear it. It’s not one of those things that you just listen to, you experience it.
On playing the song for Pharell
Everybody that was involved from Rodney Jerkins to Brandy, to Ty Dolla Sign, to Nas, it’s just, it’s incredible. When I played the record for Pharrell, he was blown away. He was just quiet for a few seconds, like, “Wow.”
On how Brandy is her mentor and biggest influence in her life
Brandy is literally the reason why I started singing, literally. As a kid, just listening to I Want To Be Down, every interview I’ve ever had, she’s my favorite, my all time, my mentor, everything. And I’ve been trying to work with her for years. It was a dream of mine. And when it happened this time, it’s not even just music, we connected like sisters. She’s someone that I speak to literally every other day. It’s beyond my expectation.
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