Tiwa Savage Expands Afrobeat With Her Debut Album, ‘Celia’ : NPR

Celia, the third studio album from Nigerian singer Tiwa Savage, is her American debut.

Lakin Ogunbanwo

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Lakin Ogunbanwo

Tiwa Savage was already turning heads with her music — a deft fusion of Afrobeat with pop, R&B and hip-hop sounds — for years when she was handpicked by Beyoncé to appear on The Gift, the soundtrack album for the 2019 remake of The Lion King. Now, the Nigerian artist has returned with her third studio album and American debut, Celia. She spoke about the record’s themes and featured collaborations with All Things Considered; hear the radio version at the audio link, and read on for an edited transcript.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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