They are two of the most powerful women in Nigerian Music. International collabs yes; world concerts -yes, back to back hits- yes. Its only natural we pit them against each other, forget all that gospel about fan made beef- Tiwa Savage and Yemi Alade know they have to outdo each other.
They have faced off on petty issues, They unfollowed each other on Instagram, after an OAP interviewing Yemi Alade said Tiwa shouts while Yemi has vocal ranges. Then there was the bum bum fight few weeks ago- Yemi Alade said some artist are photo shopping their looks- an obvious Jab at Tiwa Savage who responded harshly.
Beneath this fight lies a bigger issue- the battle for supremacy – an old face-off that started a long time ago- during the days of hit tracks like “Kelekele love” and “Johnny”. They have been nominated in the same international award categories and one came out swinging –
MTV mama awards 2016 best female – Yemi Alade edged out Tiwa and took home the honors
So who owned 2018 ? Yemi Alade or Tiwa Savage
Tiwa savage grew up in London from the age of 11 and studied music at Berklee college of music United States, as a result there is some finesse about her music delivery and she exudes a very western vibes – albeit still staying true to her Afro pop roots . This has given her international Leverage
Tiwa’s 2018 was the year of Mr Lova. Lova – a collaboration with Duncan Mighty that brought excitement to the Nigerian Music scene.
She released about 4 singles in 2018: Tiwa’s vibe, Get it now, Lova Lova and one. But Lova Lova takes won the the Naija music scenes, while get it now featuring Omarion won the awards-
She won the best African Act at the MTV Europe music awards for her collabo: get it now with Omarion… Edging out strong contenders like Davido
Tiwa savage’s 2018 exploit also included the Savage tour- She sold out the 02 Arena in London, sold out her merchandize and then came back home to feature as a video vixen in Wizkid’s fever video earning the track over 13 million views on YouTube.
Yemi Alade who grew up and studied in Nigeria has embraced an all African style, hence the term ” Mama Africa” Tiwa brings the Sexy, but Yemi Alade brings the theatrics with really dramatic performances- Tumbum Tumbum, single & searching featuring falz.
She never studied music, but seems to have a natural flair for arts recording her hit track Nagode in Swahili & Johnny in French- countries were she enjoys a huge fan base.
She told pulse TV she does not have to change her sound to be globally acceptable- and well she is right – Her hit track Johnny with 98 million views is the second most viewed Nigerian music on YouTube .
In 2018, she was also unstoppable with hit tracks like On my Gosh, Issokay, Number one and Bum Bum. her biggest hit. What she lacked in awards she won in numbers her hit track Bum- Bum hitting over 18 million views on YouTube over Tiwa’s 10 million views for Lova Lova
Internationally, Yemi is also winning- he had a show stopping performance in Okay Africa New-York, She headlined Trace Live in France performing with popular Francophone artists. Then she had her Black Magic tour headlining her own tour in 20 cities – Europe, USA and for the first time Canada