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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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We have rehearsed hard and want to give our best on our first time here in Uganda, says American RnB star Mya

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Mya

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American R&B star Mya has for over two decades charmed music lovers, etching her mark as a true princess of R&B all over the world.

The superstar who arrived in the country on Wednesday night was ecstatic about being in Uganda for the very first time as she addressed media during a press briefing, promising to deliver her very best this Saturday at the Johnnie Walker All Music Safari.

“I am very happy about performing and being in the motherland,” the soft-spoken artist declared during the press conference held at Mestil Hotel, Nsambya, on Thursday morning. “We have been rehearsing hard and want to give our best on our first time here in Uganda.”

She expressed her excitement for being in Uganda for the first time while also appreciating the friendliness and good spirits of those she had met ever since landing in the country.

“I can’t wait to share with you all what we have been working on— from the classics, to the hit records as well as the brand new music,” she added.

The internationally acclaimed American artist, Mýa has produced several hits that leave the soul yearning for more coming from its timeless nature with songs like Take Me There, Case of the Ex and Girls Dem Sugar that have achieved the status of timeless classics. She attributed her success to the support and effort that comes from a working with a great team with a limitless mindset to life and the world in general.

She will be sharing the stage with homegrown talents like Myko Ouma, Kenneth Mugabi and Joseph Sax amongst many others as Jazz Safari founder Tshaka Mayanja marks his 30th anniversary in the music business, a proud milestone he has achieved that has earned him respect and recognition amongst many.

Tickets to the show go for UGX300,000 Platinum/VIP tickets. Regular tickets will cost UGX100,000.

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John Blaq set for debut concert tomorrow

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By Stuart G-Khast

John Blaq is with no doubt one if not the finest musician this year. His consistence with chart topping music for two straight years cannot go unnoticed. His catchy beats, lyrics and unique vocals gave him an edge in the industry.

While he has proven all the above on the airwaves, tomorrow will be the real test as he hold his maiden concert at Freedom City in A concert dubbed “Aya Baasi”

While speaking to journalists, the “Do Dat” hitmaker said he was going to perform live throughout the show and the fans should expect the best from him.

 “I will perform live. Nothing like singing on CDs. Expect a John Blaq you have never seen,” he promised.

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American RnB star, Mya jets in ahead of All Music Safari concert

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Mya arrives at Entebbe airport

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American RnB singer, Mya has jetted into the country ahead of the Johnnie Walker All Music Safari concert slated for this Saturday at the Lugogo Cricket Oval.

Real names, Mya Marie Harrison, is an American R&B sweetheart who dominated the airwaves during the 90’s and 00’s, the booming days of R&B and Soul.

“I’m excited to be here! This is my first time in Uganda and I can’t wait to live this moment with my Ugandan fans!” Mya shared on arrival at Entebbe airport in the wee hours of  Thursday morning.

The 40-year-old singer was a household name at the turn of the century with tracks like Case of the Ex Love like Wo, Fallen, Take Me There among others that won hearts of many who still party to her timeless music to this day.

Mya will share the stage with local acts like, Kenneth Mugabi, Myko Ouma, Tonny Trumpet, KazKasozi, Black Roots Unlimited and many more taking guests and party animals on an exciting musical safari starring Reggae vibes, jazz, hip-hop, funk and of course the highlight of the night, RnB.

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