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Tiwa Savage signs with Universal Music Group

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Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, today announced an exclusive global recording agreement with acclaimed Nigerian singer songwriter Tiwa Savage, one of Africa’s biggest stars and an artist whose success spans music, fashion, film and television. Under the agreement, her future music will be released internationally through UMG’s operations in more than 60 countries worldwide. Projects will be executively produced by Efe Ogbeni of Regime Music Societe and Vannessa Amadi-Ogbonna.

Acclaimed Nigerian Singer-Songwriter was the first female Artist to be named Best African Act at the MTV EMA Awards in 2018

Universal Music Group to Market and Promote New Music to Global Audience

Tiwa Savage said, “My biggest goal is to make Africa proud. I’m so excited for this moment and I’m thankful to Sir Lucian Grainge and my new UMG family for their belief in my dreams. I’m looking forward to this next chapter in my career and I’m more ready than I have ever been.”

The acclaimed singer-songwriter was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and later received a scholarship to study Professional Music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts before embarking on a career that has seen her achieve creative success across a multitude of mediums.

2018 was her most successful year to date, which saw the singer-songwriter, philanthropist, entrepreneur and fashion icon crowned Best African Act by the MTV European Music Awards, making history as the first female to win the accolade. In the same year, she also became the first African female to sell out London’s IndigO2. In December, Tiwa was handpicked by Coldplay’s lead singer Chris Martin to perform alongside Beyonce, Ed Sheeran and Jay Z live at the Global Citizen Festival in Johannesburg to a 70,000 strong audience and millions across the globe in celebration of the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth. An accomplished live musician, she has performed around the world, including a notable performance at Jay Z’s Made In America festival in Philadelphia in 2017.

Tiwa was named one of the world’s Top 100 Inspirational Women in Fashion by Vogue US then later featured in British Vogue’s December 2018 issue as one of 10 women that are changing the face of music globally. She has released a string of singles including ‘Mr Lova Lova’ ft Duncan Mighty, ‘Diet’ and ‘Tiwa’s Vibe’ all of which hit the No. 1 spot across charts within Africa, securing her position as one of Afrobeats leading artists. A resilient force within Africa’s ever-growing entertainment industry, she has also managed to carve a career as a reputable songwriter, conquering the charts in Africa whilst balancing her roles as an entrepreneur, mentor and mother.

Throughout her career, Savage has been active in her philanthropic endeavours, supporting various youth engagement organisations and breast cancer screening projects across Nigeria and further afield. Through her work with MTV’s Shuga, Savage is also keen to share further knowledge of HIV/ AIDS prevention and awareness within the continent. One of Africa’s most followed women on social media, Savage was the first African female to represent Pepsi as an ambassador and represents leading global brands including Nike, MegaGrowth Hair, MTN and Star Beer.

Throughout summer 2019, Tiwa will play a string of international festivals including the UK’s Wireless Festival, Afropunk in Paris and Oh My! Festival in Amsterdam.

Adam Granite, EVP Market Development, Universal Music Group said, “We are looking forward to partnering with Tiwa and her team to help her music reach new audiences around the world. 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.”

Efe Ogbeni & Vannessa Amadi-Ogbonna of Stealth Management said, “We’re very proud to be a part of this ground-breaking partnership between Tiwa Savage and Universal Music Group. Tiwa is undoubtedly the most hardworking and talented female artist crossing over from Africa to the rest of the world, and UMG has demonstrated its commitment to the Continent by placing its formidable machinery behind her amazing career. Partnerships like these symbolise the hopes and dreams of so many talented artists back home in Africa and it is an honour to be the executive producers of her project.”

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PHOTOS: Ugandan artistes excited as they receive awards

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When you work hard alone, often times the world only sees your success when you reach the epitome of your career. Many times, a lot of people work hard in their homes, offices, studios and other places and no one notices or gives a damn until they make it and their light shines so bright that no one can ignore it. This is particularly true for Ugandan artistes who burn the night candle in studios to make things work out and release some of the baddest projects. Today, however, Galaxy FM recognized and rewarded some of these and they were ecstatic as they received their awards.

Top Kampala musicians flocked Galaxy one by one as they lined up to receive their awards for the hard work that is appreciated by fans and the radio station. Musicians, big and small who won awards at the scientific and online Zzina awards 2020 flocked the Galaxy FM station located on the Kansanga Ggaba stretch to claim what’s theirs, their accolades that they won when they announced the top entertainers in the fast ever Zzina Awards 2020 online edition of the awards.

From the likes of B2C Soldiers, comedians Maulana and Maulana and Reign, John Blaq and several others, the excitement was evident. And rightly so, because, none of these artistes was allowed at the scientific awards that were held online. We have the photos of them picking their awards. Check them out.

Check out the full list of winners from the very scientific Zzina Awards 2020 here.

Watch the full online award ceremony here.

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Gabriel K in Concert

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Gabriel K will perform a livestreamed solo concert on Saturday 20th June in a new trend of online concerts being done by a number of musicians.

In what he has termed as “We Just Want Love” Concert, it will be an hour’s performance that will be streamed on his social media handles and a host of many other sites that have been engaged to carry the same.

In a twist that lends this an edge over the other concerts, it will also air live on NBS Television. This is a first as there has never been a live concert done on this channel.

Indeed he has been a man of many firsts from running billboards in the city advertising his album, running adverts on television for his music and now putting up a live show without charging for it.

Why does he do this?

“As a singer, I do not feel like I am working, I feel like I am experiencing life. I do it because I love it. So I’m giving myself out to the world and I don’t feel that i want to charge for my brand yet”.

This is quite an interesting approach to a music career indeed.

“It’s more about the music than the recognition, singing is really a basic need. I continue to sing because there is nothing else in the world that brings me that kind of joy.

So there goes, this Saturday stands to be a test of whether he has got what it takes to move an audience into believing his act.

With Two albums under his belt, a total of 34 songs and 18 videos, it is quite a big collection from which to choose from.

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PHOTO: John Blaq Finally receives his Zzina Award

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This year the Galaxy FM Zzina awards were scientific and we all know why – COVID 19. For the first time in 7 years the awards were held online. Only a few artistes were allowed on set as they observed strict Social Distancing rules.

Fast forward, many artistes did not receive their physical awards because of this. John Blaq has just received his today, several days after the awards happened.

The singer who has a new song called Mulubiri was named Male artiste of the year at the online award ceremony. This was the only award that he scooped in this year’s edition.

When he received the award Blaq rushed to show it to his fans and thank them for the support. He said;

“This is to you my people…
Thank you for believing in me .
Male Artiste of The Year 🥇
Thank you for loving #JohnBlaqMusic, thank you Galaxy FM 100.2 , MTN Uganda and Talent Africa Group
More music to the TOP. ⬆️”

Congratulations once again Blaq. Keep shinning.

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Sheilah Gashumba Calls out Tina Fierce on Allegations of Social Media Bullying

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Sheilah Gashumba is known for her bravery and strong will to speak her mind about issues that matter to her. She isn’t afraid of public scrutiny and backlash as long as her efforts yield results.

Sheilah Gashumba

Today, she has come out and called out Tina Fierce on social media bullying allegations and has given her a maximum of 48 hours to apologize.

Sheilah says that Tinah has made it her life’s mission to tarnish her name and that of her family plus other celebrities because of money. This has caused her sleepless nights and even caused her depression.

She posted screenshots on her Facebook page showing how there is an orchestrated plan to have her as a headline for abortion rumors. There is also a video on her twitter account relevant to the allegations.

“…you have made me have sleepless nights, gone into depression. You have also managed to change the minds of people on social media about who I am.” Sheila wrote.

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