Tiwa Savage responds to Burna Boy‘s recent shade about how Nigerian music artists are signing record deals with foreign record labels.
The former Mavin Records artist, in a recent interview with BellaNaija, she spoke about her new signing with Universal Music Group, specifically about the “Ye” songwriter’s shade about it.
“I think it’s important for artists to be 100% sure and aware of what they’re getting themselves into, especially when it comes to contracts,” the “Sugar Cane” singer responded, adding, “Burna is 1000% correct. People took it out of context, maybe. It’s a great advice to any artist: make sure you see your lawyers and do your personal research.”
Tiwa continued on the matter, “It took me a year to conclude this deal. It took that long for a reason. It took a year to convince them that I don’t want this and I want that and this is the reason why. They understood. I feel blessed in the position I’m in. I have an amazing deal with UMG and I agree with Burna that while we’re pushing Africa to the World, we need to be careful that we don’t lose ourselves. I think that’s what he’s trying to say.”
She agrees that you won’t always get 100% what you want from any deal, so, there may be advantages and disadvantages of international deals.
“It depends on what you’re looking for as an artist and what stage you’re at in your career,” she said. “It’s important to not get lazy or comfortable as an artist when you sign a deal. You have to work your way to become priority. You have to put your talent to work and sacrifice time. I believe every contract can work in your favour. However, make sure you don’t get into a bad deal in the first place.”.