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Introducing…Tiwa Savage!

Enter Tiwa Savage.

Boasting a resume as impressive as her looks, the Nigerian newcomer is already somewhat of an international entity.

Born in Lagos, raised in London, and working in LA, the singer-songwriter has made quite the mark in each territory. For upon re-locating to the UK at age 10, she spent several years honing her talent until eventually catching the eye of George Michael and his team- who invited her to sing background for him on tour at age 17. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, the trek lead to her taking up similar roles with the likes of Mary J Blige, Kelly Clarkson, and Chaka Khan.

Keen to step out from the shadows, Savage entered the UK incarnation of the X Factor, making it all the way to the Judges Houses segment of the 2006 series.

Since then, she’s signed a lucrative publishing deal with Sony Music (US), a union which saw her pen Fantasia‘s ‘Collard Greens & Cornbread’ (from the critically acclaimed ‘Back to Me’ LP). However, Savage’s biggest break comes in the form of her sizzling new single ‘Kele Kele’.

With Savage now dividing her time between Lagos and the US, the track and its accompanying video (above) fuse the best of both worlds. Indeed, she oozes a sass and confidence not dissimilar from Beyonce (interestingly featuring one of her staple dancer’s Kreyshaun in the clip), while seamlessly weaving in her native tongue.

It’s combination which seems to be paying off. For, not only has Savage taken her homeland by storm, she is drumming up quite the buzz on an global scale – giving an added boast to the long-overdue inclusion of African artists and music in the mainstream arena. A trend which recently saw Kanye West sign Nigerian star D’Banj to his G.O.O.D Music imprint.

For now, though, all eyes are on the stunning Ms. Savage, who you can hear more from below. Be sure to let us know what you think!

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  • September 11, 2011 at 12:45 pm
    Kerry Johnson says:
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    Kiss Me !!!! :)

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  • September 11, 2011 at 12:52 pm
    rebel_tkwon says:
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    She’s 9jas own kelly rowland!! Sweet s*** & down 2 earth yo! :)

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  • September 11, 2011 at 12:54 pm
    JUDAS666 says:
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    SHE CRAPS VERSUS WHITNEY DOING “JESUS LOVES ME”. UGH…!!

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  • September 11, 2011 at 12:55 pm
    Redeem says:
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    I’m from south africa And might I say African music is wack and cheap sounding! Really it is Well not all There are some great catchy tracks here Dbanj omw #EpicFail lmaoo I like tiwa she is really great this is top notch for Africa

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  • September 11, 2011 at 12:56 pm
    YEABEY WON'T DANCE 4 U says:
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    The video in the beginning SCREAMS Rude Boy…same effect, shirtless guy and everything!

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  • September 11, 2011 at 12:57 pm
    LouLou says:
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    Like the second video better than hers.

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  • September 11, 2011 at 12:58 pm
    commanderofthedancefloor says:
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    @YEABEY, lol i thought the same thing

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  • September 11, 2011 at 1:03 pm
    YEABEY WON'T DANCE 4 U says:
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    @COMMANDEROFTHEDANCEFLOOR
    I stand corrected! The WHOLE video is a Rude Boy remake!

    Anyway I like the song! Nice cross between African music and pop music!

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  • September 11, 2011 at 1:05 pm
    Kerry Johnson says:
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    Kiss me now!!!!

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  • September 11, 2011 at 1:07 pm
    Joseph McCoy says:
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    I’m impressed.

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  • September 11, 2011 at 1:16 pm
    jean alchemist says:
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    holla @ me

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  • September 11, 2011 at 1:27 pm
    IT'S ALL GOOD!!! says:
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    Is it just me or is this a rip-off of the “Rude Boy” video by: Rihanna. Am I seeing things?

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  • September 11, 2011 at 1:33 pm
    Darren says:
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    Are you joking? that was terrible.

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  • September 11, 2011 at 1:42 pm
    word says:
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    I loved it hope asked around a while

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  • September 11, 2011 at 1:46 pm
    IT'S ALL GOOD!!! says:
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    She stole the whole video from Rihanna. Same dancing same background, same EVERYTHING! Smh!

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  • September 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm
    Gilberto says:
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    How is it rip-off of Rude Boy when Rude Boy is already a copy of MIA’s Boyz? NEXT!

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  • September 11, 2011 at 2:12 pm
    ASAP (As Sincere As Possible) says:
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    OK, I think pretty much everyone knows that I am not a Beyonce fan, but comparing this girl to Beyonce is a little TOO much…Her video and song were forgettable at best.She did very well in the cover, though and she has good vocals; she just has to find some better songs.And I haven’t looked at the comment section yet, but I am pretty sure I am NOT the first one to point out that this video is desperately trying to be ‘Rude Boy’.

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  • September 11, 2011 at 2:15 pm
    Bustta says:
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    Illuminati triangles AGAIN!

    Frikkin Illuminati TRIANGLES! SICK OF IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • September 11, 2011 at 2:15 pm
    Roab says:
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    Loving her voice and more over the Brooklyn beat’em down doorknocker earrings! Nice…have to say she’s talented but we shall see..

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  • September 11, 2011 at 2:29 pm
    NATALIE says:
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    She has a good voice. Good luck to her.

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  • September 11, 2011 at 2:34 pm
    Pop Culture King aka Jamir21: Rih,Bey,Brit,Gaga, Nicki SLAYS UR FAVES ! says:
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    This b**** copied off of my wifey Rihanna !!!!
    Rude Boy rip-off !!!

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  • September 11, 2011 at 2:34 pm
    YEABEY WON'T DANCE 4 U says:
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    @GILBERTO
    Rihanna might have got it from MIA but this girl def ripped off Rihanna! She even did the thing Rihanna did in the Rude Boy video where she held her hair up and moved from side to side!

    Same effects! Same Dances! Same shirtless guy! Same “splitting up” effect! Same effect where the name and lips pop up! Same way she is dancing on the guy!

    This is Rude Boy without Rihanna!

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  • September 11, 2011 at 2:45 pm
    Pop Culture King aka Jamir21: Rih,Bey,Brit,Gaga, Nicki SLAYS UR FAVES ! says:
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    @ Yeabey So thats means Rihanna has an effect on pop culture ?
    And p.s. Rihanna didnt directed the video that Melina girl did and she likes to steal stuff i wouldnt use her to direct my videos !

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  • September 11, 2011 at 2:46 pm
    NATALIE says:
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    @YEABEY

    Hiya. :)

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  • September 11, 2011 at 2:47 pm
    YEABEY WON'T DANCE 4 U says:
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    @JAMIR21
    I wouldn’t say the Rude Boy video will count as an effect on Pop Culture seeing that the Rude Boy video comes from an M.I.A video….

    Melina whoever is not to be held fully accountable for the ideas that were “stolen”…The artist has a say in the matter of the video too…

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  • September 11, 2011 at 2:50 pm
    i'm a billy goat ....baa hide my s** tape says:
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    First of all B**CH, you are tributing Whitney Houston because she is worthy! WTF was the hesitation and smacking your teeth about? Second, pulling hair out of your mouth was neither cute nor entertaining. Lastly, you “sang” that damn so girl…. bravo!! Now pull it together!!

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  • September 11, 2011 at 2:50 pm
    YEABEY WON'T DANCE 4 U says:
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    @NATALIE
    HI!!

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  • September 11, 2011 at 2:51 pm
    Pop Culture King aka Jamir21: Rih,Bey,Brit,Gaga, Nicki SLAYS UR FAVES ! says:
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    @ Natalie Hey
    @ Yeabey Oh okay….!
    But still this girl did copied off of Rihanna a bit !!!!

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  • September 11, 2011 at 2:55 pm
    YEABEY WON'T DANCE 4 U says:
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    @JAMIR21
    Nope!
    SHE COPIED THE WHOLE VIDEO except a few things….

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  • September 11, 2011 at 2:57 pm
    Pop Culture King aka Jamir21: Rih,Bey,Brit,Gaga, Nicki SLAYS UR FAVES ! says:
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    @ Yeabey Okay
    but Rude Boy is still a good video !
    I always picture Countdown have some elements of Rude Boy in it for a video !!!
    or it can be Beyonce on a spaceship !

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  • September 11, 2011 at 3:00 pm
    i'm a billy goat ....baa hide my s** tape says:
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    She sounds too much like Brandy! Sorry dear Brandy is driving in that lane find another.

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  • September 11, 2011 at 3:02 pm
    Pop Culture King aka Jamir21: Rih,Bey,Brit,Gaga, Nicki SLAYS UR FAVES ! says:
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    @ I`m A Billy Goat…Baa Hide My s** Tape
    I HATE YOUR NAME ! b****

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  • September 11, 2011 at 3:34 pm
    Dennis says:
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    Is this girl singing well. I can’t hear it so with all the positive comments i’ll have to say that my computer isn’t working because from what i could hear i wasn’t moved nor impressed.

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    This song is better: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fl88Lf7Iz3w&feature=related
    She’s like the nigerian Kelly Rowland.

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  • September 11, 2011 at 5:18 pm
    DCP says:
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    Rude boy video much ???

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  • September 11, 2011 at 6:24 pm
    Yellow Gorillah says:
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    I LOVE THIS SONG

    Was such a banger in the JUNGLE!!

    I Love her even more for given me Rihanna Rude Boy Tease!! =P

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  • September 11, 2011 at 7:09 pm
    Rihannalover says:
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    I love her and this song!!! I heard it a while back and it’s hot!!! I’m happy African music is getting the recognition it deserves! It’s a breath of fresh air and I can’t wait for it to blow up! Naija stand up!!!:-*

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  • September 11, 2011 at 8:20 pm
    nice_gurl says:
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    She’s pretty good. The video was a lot like Rude Boy, but that’s alright. Her styling is good, but I don’t know if she will become popular.

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  • September 11, 2011 at 10:47 pm
    OGAGUS says:
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    She is getting heavy in Nigeria, I watched her kill a stage on last Friday night. Tiwa is a performer, I used to doubt her vocal prowess untill that night. She has what it takes to be massive in Africa, not sure if she can crossover to international markets.

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  • September 11, 2011 at 11:06 pm
    Junior in Jamaica says:
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    P.S. This is not new song/video. This has been available for months now…maybe longer.

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  • September 11, 2011 at 11:22 pm
    whoever says:
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    how can anybody credit MIA with ANYTHING read a f****** book you idiots that keep bringing her up.

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  • September 12, 2011 at 2:34 am
    I'ma have to send her to her maker says:
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    I don’t know why ppl mentioning rihanna…I love rihanna but she aint got nothing on this girl? She can actually sing and isn’t all stiff when she dances like rihanna. No shade. This girl is the bizness tho. I love the tone of her voice. @yeabey I agree. The video is HEAVILY influenced by rudeboy! I like this better tho.

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  • September 12, 2011 at 3:12 am
    Makgotso says:
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    @Redeem wow i would swear you are not from Africa, i’m from South Africa and i dont agree with all that ignorant s*** you are just wrote. 1stly maybe listen to the rest of the continent. There’s more people doing great other than d’banj but i’m sure you’ve never heard of them so dont make snorty comments about our continent especially if you know nothing about it

    do you know
    IcePrince
    M.I
    Omawumi
    Efya
    Eldee

    I can go on and on, before making damn ass comment on international blogs and make our continent look bad maybe do your research and expose yourself to the continent then you can comment from an informed place. You are very disappointing to say the least and to think we are from the same country that is very embarrasing. How you going to give such bad PR about our continent whn you evidently know nothing about African music

    Book a flight somewhere, travel and get exposed instead of sitting in South Africa and talking s***

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  • September 12, 2011 at 3:31 am
    BeyondGossip.com says:
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    @ JUNIOR IN JAMAICA…yep this track and video have been around for the best part of a year…
    I like that she sings her Yoruba in her music…but homegirl don’t play she has a VERY impressive background musically. Collard Greens and Cornbread off Fantasia’s ‘Back 2 Me’ album which Tiwa Savage co-wrote was nominated for a Grammy in the best R&B album category earlier this year. Been songwriter since the age of 15 and recorded with big names like Babyface, Justin Timberlake Britney Spears Red One Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue Letoya Luckett’s and did background vocal on Whitney Houston’s album I look to you and much more. Defo feelin’ Tiwa Savage.

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  • September 12, 2011 at 4:28 am
    nice_gurl says:
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    TGJ…if you’ve got nothing to post….what about this??
    http://justjared.buzznet.com/2011/09/11/pregnant-beyonce-jay-z-late-lunch-in-nyc/

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  • September 12, 2011 at 4:52 am
    aisha aguilera keys says:
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    @Redeem
    Wow, african music is wh

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  • September 12, 2011 at 4:55 am
    aisha aguilera keys says:
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    @ Redeem
    Wow, african music is “wack and cheap sounding”? Then what is techno and electro pop? Oh, ok.

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  • September 12, 2011 at 4:57 am
    aisha aguilera keys says:
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    Otherwise girl can sing.

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  • September 12, 2011 at 5:16 am
    kIMBERLY says:
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    To those who think this video is channeling rihanna’s dancing. Get it right. This dancing is originated from Africa and a lot of Africans and west Indians (caribbean islands) dances like that, It is called whining in the islands. Rihanna has yet to represent the way she should. I sense a lot of insecure rihanna fans. She is actually much better than rihanna and if she gets a great team who knows. Rihanna dances so stiff and is over sexual for a girl from the islands. Get over this rude boy video people. nothing special but some forced break up whining, I can do much better and the video just proved better.
    Nowadays everything is a rip off? Have you guys study all of rihanna videos and see all the rip offs. Do that instead. Lots of them.

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  • September 12, 2011 at 5:20 am
    kIMBERLY says:
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    @ WHOEVER how could anyone credit rihanna for anything. She does nothing in her career but sing what is given and do what is said. She only sees the final product!! SHE HAS YET TO HAVE AN IMPACT ON POP CULTURE. Leave Mia alone.

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  • September 12, 2011 at 9:29 am
    I'ma have to send her to her maker says:
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    @Kimberly Nobody is crediting rihanna, dumbass. We just saying the graphics and visual effects of the video look like rihanna’s cuz that’s the truth. We know rihanna doesn’t think of the concepts of her vids. SMH. You must be insecure cuz you always bashing rihanna for no reason. #getittogether.

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  • September 12, 2011 at 9:42 am
    Redeem says:
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    Same dancing as rihanna? Lmaooo she dances rihanna none talentless as to the trash can where it belongs

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  • September 12, 2011 at 10:09 am
    MRB says:
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    This song is really nice!!! Yeah it is a bit rude boyish but forreal i think she brought her own flavor too this video and song! Id like to hear more music from her!!! Much respect!

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  • September 12, 2011 at 10:14 am
    Precy says:
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    @redeem shut d f*** up southafricans musicians re wack but nt nigerians nd there re gud SA musicians lyk liquideep,lira etc wen it cums 2 9ja we brick quality music dats our product TIWA SAVAGE.

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  • September 12, 2011 at 11:47 am
    Girls Magnet says:
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    The truth must be told. Tiwa is cool all the way . Her vocal is wonderful. The thing I love the most about music is how she is able to mix West African pidgin English with Yoruba and English .

    Go girl , you are my girl any day…anytime

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  • September 12, 2011 at 1:46 pm
    Salem says:
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    Every singer is influenced by Whitney, she is the vocal standard. However, this chick sounds alot like Brandy

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  • September 12, 2011 at 1:54 pm
    bmmm says:
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    umm, Hummers are no longer made nor are they a sign of $$$ any longer: who is this chick?

    and it’s obvious Rihanna’s Rude Boy video was her inspiration….seems like she needs to get with it: was this video made in 2001???!!

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  • September 12, 2011 at 1:57 pm
    bmmm says:
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    I don’t care where she is from, who she is or what her skin color is (all factors that make no difference when good is good) but damn this is some stale sh*t right here!

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  • September 13, 2011 at 7:10 am
    Abluve says:
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    Yet another set of dumb responseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez!

    One fundamental question that I need to ask you dumb nuts!!!!

    Did Tiwa direct her own video?

    So why all the arguments on who ripped rihanna’s rude boy off?

    Seriously, sam you need growns up in here cos these bloggers are just a bunch of plain 10 year olds!

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  • November 17, 2011 at 3:26 pm
    skintightjeans says:
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    She’s beautiful in the first video. She looks like hot garbage in the second video and sounded like crap. she needs some make up on at all times.

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  • February 22, 2012 at 6:03 am
    forte says:
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    Okay honestly reading 62 comments was phew….but reading 62 comments with 50 of em as crap is d sad bone of contention ……tiwa i̶̲̥̅§ easily ά̲̣ deity she really i̶̲̥̅§ talented ªND her life of success just proves every inch of tha word we should be happy she came вα¢к to identify with nigeria at all …. 4 †he imp Τђªt i̶̲̥̅§ ι̥η doubt if she can G̶̲̥̅̊☹ international…R u living under Ά̲̣ rock ? She i̶̲̥̅§ already out ther bro … Listen to collard greens ªND cornbread its ά̲̣ song she wrote 4 fantasia …. Listen to her version then listen to fantasia’§ u will be very pleased….. †he rest of u Τђªt feel ur liberty to type ι̥η any comment box … I advice u all throw Τђªt fone via d third mainland bridge into †he atlantic wher it will  ♍ore use Τђªnk u

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  • February 22, 2012 at 6:04 am
    forte says:
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    Okay honestly reading 62 comments was phew….but reading 62 comments with 50 of em as crap is d sad bone of contention ……tiwa i̶̲̥̅§ easily ά̲̣ deity she really i̶̲̥̅§ talented ªND her life of success just proves every inch of tha word we should be happy she came вα¢к to identify with nigeria at all …. 4 †he imp Τђªt i̶̲̥̅§ ι̥η doubt if she can G̶̲̥̅̊☹ international…R u living under Ά̲̣ rock ? She i̶̲̥̅§ already out ther bro … Listen to collard greens ªND cornbread its ά̲̣ song she wrote 4 fantasia …. Listen to her version then listen to fantasia’§ u will be very pleased….. †he rest of u Τђªt feel ur liberty to type ι̥η any comment box … I advice u all throw Τђªt fone via d third mainland bridge into †he atlantic wher it will find ♍ore use Τђªnk u

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