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Ciara Says Tiwa Savage Inspired Her New Single 'Freak Me' After Fans Point Out Similarities

The singer gave Tiwa Savage a shoutout after fans noticed similarities between the Tekno-assisted track and Savage's "Before Nko."

On Friday, Ciara released her latest single "Freak Me," featuring Tekno.

Fans immediately noticed that the afrobeats-tinged song sounded very much like Tiwa Savage's 2015 song, "Before Nko" featuring D'Prince. In response, Ciara quickly took to Twitter to clarify Tiwa Savage's involvement on the track.

"Shoutout to Tiwa Savage in the inspiration and sample used in #FreakMe!" she wrote. "She's a beast! I fell in love with the melody when I first heard it in Africa 3 years ago."


Not everyone accepted Ciara's explanation, however, many called the singer out for "copying and pasting" Tiwa's song.






Ciara's "Freak Me" doesn't stray too far from the original song, so it's understandable that fans might think she simply copied "Before Nko," however, in addition to the use of the sample, Tiwa is also listed as a co-writer on the track.

if we're completely honest, we're partial to the original, but have a listen to both below and decide for yourself.



Ciara's new foray into afrobeat has garnered interest after the singer was seen dancing to the recently released track in Soweto. It looks like we can expect a South African-set music video for the single very soon.

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Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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