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Tiwa Savage Has Left Mavin Records To Snag a Major Deal with Universal Music Group

The First Lady of Mavin Records has started a new chapter in her well-established music career.

Tiwa Savage has us shook with this power move.

The Nigerian superstar has parted ways with Mavin Records after 7 years as she signs a global recording deal with Universal Music Group, Billboardreports. An exclusive agreement, her music moving forward will be released in over 60 countries.


"It's like a dream," she says of this moment in an introductory interview with UMG. "But more importantly it means I'm part of a legacy—I'm part of a huge engine and it's definitely an honor to have an artist like me from Nigeria doing afrobeat music, which is still fairly new to the rest of the world, and it's exciting.

Watch it in full below.

Introducing Tiwa Savageyoutu.be

"We are looking forward to partnering with Tiwa and her team to help her music reach new audiences around the world," Adam Granite, executive VP market development at UMG says in a statement. "As one of Africa's most successful, influential and dynamic singer-songwriters, Tiwa has truly global ambitions and UMG is committed to help her in achieving them."

Don Jazzy, Tiwa's longtime collaborator and head of Mavin Records took to Instagram to congratulate her.

"It's been an epic journey with you and we are very proud of what we have achieved together," he reflects. "As you start this new chapter in your life we want you to know that we are solidly behind you and can't wait for the world to see what we have always believed you can be. Your jersey as the First Lady of Mavin will forever be yours as we do not intend to fill that position with anyone else."

Tiwa then responds with an understandably emotional comment under the post:

If I said today wasn't emotional for me I would be LYING. Please promise me that our relationship will never change. I only want to make you proud of me. Not every super hero has an S on their chest. You are my superhero DON DORO BUCCI. 7 years, 7 the number of perfection. I LOVE YOU ALWAYS AND FOREVER.

UMG continues to make a presence on the continent with African music. The company recently announced a licensing agreement with Nigeria's first domestic subscription-based music store, uduX, just earlier this month. This deal established UMG as the first music company to partner with a Nigerian music streaming platform. Tiwa also joins South African rapper Cassper Nyovest at the major label, who signed with UMG back in 2018.

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Listen to Burna Boy Feature On Popcaan's New Song 'Aboboyaa'


Renowned dancehall artist Popcaan has released his album Great Is He, via OVO Sound, and it features none other than Burna Boy.


Jamaica's Popcaanhas shared his anticipated album Great Is He, and the body of work features Nigerian superstar Burna Boy on the track "Aboboyaa."

The album showcases the Jamaican musical giant's signature dancehall sound, while also exploring the depth of genre's versatility. In addition to featuring Burna Boy, Great Is He includes features from OVO Sound's boss Drake, Jamaica's Chronic Law, and Toni-Ann Singh, among others.

On "Aboboyaa," the two musical powerhouses merge their signature rhythmic melodies and intonations in a way that is both compelling to listen to on the first listen, and in turn inspires a second and third listen.

Ever since he released his debut album in 2014, Popcaan has become an international dancehall sensation, and his repertoire includes a list of impressive features.

His album Forever, which was released in 2018, debuted at number two on Billboard’s Top Reggae Albums. Commercially, Popcaan has made a mark on the music scene too. His last project FIXTAPE — which included “Twist & Turn,” the mesmerizing dancehall hit featuring Drake and PARTYNEXTDOOR — has garnered over 191 million streams and continues to receive accolades from outlets like Pitchfork, who described the body of work as “a testament to his place at the forefront of the genre.”

"Aboboyaa" is not Popcaan's first international collaboration. In the past, the Jamaican icon has worked with several international music acts including Davido, Jamie xx, Young Thug, Gorillaz, Kano, Jorja Smith and a host of others. He also founded Jamaica’s annual Unruly Festwhich brings stars across the globe to experience Jamaican culture.

Listen to "Aboboyaa" featuring Burna Boy below.

Listen to Popcaan and Burna Boy's "Aboboyaa"

Photo: Nabil Elderkin.

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The Nigerian American director has long used the tools of his multi-hyphenate trade to expand the ways Africans are seen. Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, 'Bravo, Burkina!' gives him a larger canvas on which to paint.

Whether it’s employing asylum seekers to model his designs or adding his flair to a piece of pivotal clothing that the late Chadwick Boseman wore in Black Panther, Walé Oyéjidé has always been about using whatever elements he can to push the ways Africans have traditionally been portrayed. What he hinted at in his short film After Migration: Calabria (available on the Criterion Channel), which tells the story of two refugees settling in Italy, he now gets to explore further in the feature debut, Bravo, Burkina!

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