Sometimes the Nigerian music industry can be a boring place to exist in; The music is constantly released, but they sound so alike until everything becomes a mindless drone. People would find new ways to defraud people, and musicians would subtly throw shades. The art gets lost in the sauce, and the focus becomes blurred by the incidence of a lot of things.
Trust me, from this end, it gets extremely boring. When this happens, everyone moves like a zombie. They go about their business, scroll past inane Instagram posts, search through websites such as Pulse, to get something to hold on to. Anything. Something. One thing.
Others simply sit back and watch, waiting for the next stroke of brilliance, controversy, or trending topic to latch on to. They hide in the shadows, lurking in comment sections, and refresh news feeds, waiting for the same thing. Anything. Something. One thing.
And they never get disappointed. While it has the ability to suck you in, the music industry never fails to cough up something for everyone. Sometimes it’s M.I Abaga fighting for the soul of Chocolate City, or Mr Eazi ascribing god-status to his limited abilities. Or it’s simply Vic O releasing his 535 diss track on people that he isn’t fit to clean their shoes, artistically speaking.
But the best times are the announcement of a new project. Such as Tiwa Savage’s “Sugarcane” EP.
“Sometimes it’s the unplanned events that feel great the most … SURPRISE SURPRISE,” the Mavin singer wrote on Instagram.
“I’ve been in such a good space and been recording some beautiful songs that we decided to share with you all. Music is beautiful and this EP feels and sounds so good that’s why we called it “SugarCane.”
‘Mummy Jam Jam’ couldn’t have picked a better title for her mini project which comes out in a few days. The singer has always been the true definition of sweetness. She conjures it with each step. It lingers on her breath as she exhales, dances in her shoes and flows through her syrupy music. Even when she sleeps, it envelopes her in a cloud of tender dreams, rushing sugar, and scents of lavender.
She is the beautiful sugarcane; the source of all things beautiful, pristine, and sexy. A standard for her peers, and the epitome of everything a female pop star should be like. That’s why she is Tiwa Savage. It’s the only explicable reason for her success and greatness. No one has done it like her, and none looks primed to take her throne for now.
“Sugarcane” comes after the success of her album “R.E.D”, which was released at the end of 2015 and lingered through 2016, providing the singles ‘If I start to talk’, ‘Bad’ and ‘Attention’.
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Just like the last project, Wizkid is also featured on this one. He comes in on the sixth and final track, ‘Ma Lo’, which is produced by Spellz. The last time Wizzy and Tiwa collaborated, it was for ‘Bad’, a single that pushed through radio and TV as a hit, and got a Headies nomination.
Tiwa’s new project is coming in at a time when it characteristically rains albums in Nigeria. Already the project-race is on this year, with many LPs released or in waiting. But somehow you get the feeling that “Sugarcane” EP will hold its own. Afterall, it isn’t anything. Something. One thing.