Ti Wa O Ni Baje
Tiwa's been on our radar since I heard her voice on her song titled 'Middle Passage'. It was such a soulful song; with deep meaning; the music was piercing through my very being. I could relate to the song then because the song basically described where 'we' were at that point in time.
A few months down the line and I was all excited as I picked up her free promo album at Basketmouth's Lord of the Ribs (you missed a whole lot if you weren't there); an 8 track album with basically four (4) songs and four (4) remixes/alternate versions. The album kicks off with 'Kele Kele' - a song which has been making waves and enjoyin massive airplay recently - and proceeds tthrough 'Ife Wa Gbona' through to 'Love Next Door ft Lil Eddie', 'The Nigerian National Anthem' and follows through a series of alternative versions of 'Kele Kele'.
Listening through, there was little semblance to the utterly deep Tiwa Savage I had heard the very first time. Not that it's a bad thing; she seems more mature and has a style that suits the Nigerian music scene better - commercially.
She absolutely did justice to the songs and dropped a world chart topper in my opinion on the track 'Love Next Door' and the House remix to 'Kele Kele' is a class act.
Here's hoping her album can keep us as 'gingered' as this promo one.
Our rating: 6/10