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'All Over' Marks a New Beginning For Tiwa Savage

Tiwa Savage reaches new depths on her latest single "All Over."

“All Over” is Tiwa Savage’s first solo single of the year, perhaps signaling a new album, and her first since 2016's R.E.D


R.E.D was a fully realized project, in that the production was mature, her singing not to be faulted and the guests all big names (2face, Wizkid, Olamide, Busy Signal), but sensibly deployed so as not to seem overcrowded.

This new single finds Savage beseeching a lover to start a relationship “all over” but whether it's to rejuvenate a failing one or to further boost a good one is not clear. Both are offered in her inimitable singing voice.

“All Over” retraces the steps made by “My Darling," an early lead single for R.E.D. The latter was released in 2015 and was co-produced by Don Jazzy and one of his lieutenants, Babyfresh.

Two years later and it would appear that Babyfresh’s production has matured enough to produce the 2017 version all on his own.

His is a less cluttered beat compared to that of “My Darlin” and Savage owns the track with her bright presence.

Jazzy’s additions on “My Darlin”—signature deep-toned adlibs as well as talking (and talkative) drums —made it fuller, and his added lovable personality is a bonus, much like it was on “Eminado." That element is missing on "All Over" but it isn't missed too much, because it's Savage’s show anyway.

Last year, tales of Savage’s marital strife clouded much of her brilliance, but a distribution deal with Roc Nation was earned and befitting of her talent and stature.

Photo ops with Jay Z and Puffy, as she makes in-roads into American markets, couldn't have hurt either.

Sabo Kpade is an Associate Writer with Spread The Word. His short story Chibok was shortlisted for the London Short Story Prize 2015. His first play, Have Mercy on Liverpool Street was longlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award. He lives in London. You can reach him at sabo.kpade@gmail.com

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Interview: Terri Is Stepping Out of the Shadows

We talk to the Wizkid-signed artist about the story behind the massive hit "Soco" and his latest Afro Series EP.

Certain afrobeats songs have made in-roads in international markets and paved the way for the genre's ceaselessly-rising widespread recognition. Among these history-defining songs were D'banj's "Oliver Twist," Tekno's "Pana," Davido's "If" & "Fall," Runtown's "Mad Over You," and of course, Wizkid's "Soco." Wizkid released "Soco" under his label imprint, Starboy Entertainment in March 2018, and the song spread like wildfire across Africa and beyond. "Soco" was an Afro-pop wonder delivered at a time when the 'afrobeats to the world' movement was gathering steam, further cementing its electric nature. The Northboi-produced song was co-signed by celebrities across the world like Rihanna, Cardi B, and Paul Pogba and has accrued well over a hundred million streams across streaming platforms worldwide.

"Soco" was not only a trailblazer amongst mid-2010s afrobeats records, it was also the introduction of the first Wizkid-signed artist, Terri. Just weeks before "Soco" was released, Terri was discovered by Wizkid's longtime producer, Mutay, who saw him covering the song "Oshe" on social media.

Before "Soco," Terri Akewe was well on his way to fame. At fifteen, he had performed at street carnivals in his neighbourhood and, one time, was carried all the way home by neighbours after winning a Coca-Cola sponsored singing competition. Before his life-changing meeting with Wizkid, Terri had a seven-track EP ready for release, as well as a viral song titled "Voices." "One time I was on set with the video director T.G Omori, he told me that 'Voices' was the first time he heard of me" Terri tells me as we settle on a plush couch at his home in Lagos.

Regardless of Terri's initial career trajectory; signing to a label headed by afrobeats' biggest superstar was bound to accelerate his musical journey, and at the same time, cast a huge shadow of expectation on his career, especially given a debut as spectacular as "Soco." With his latest EP, Afro Series, powered by the sensational single "Ojoro," one thing is clear: Terri is stepping out of the shadows into his own spotlight and he is doing it on his own terms.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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