By Milcah Tanimu
Tiwa Savage, the queen of Afrobeats, has proven time and again that her talent knows no bounds. From R&B melodies to Nigerian street slangs (lamba) on party-starting Afrobeats tracks, her versatility has made her one of the most sought-after voices in the genre.
In this week’s Afrobeats throwback, we’ve compiled a list of 10 songs where Tiwa Savage delivered unforgettable guest verses, elevating each track to commercial success.
10. ‘Koo Koo Fun’ – Major League DJz & Major Lazer feat Tiwa Savage & DJ Maphorisa
Tiwa showcased her magic on this Amapiano record, seamlessly blending Nigerian lamba into the traditional Amapiano sonic structure, despite initial skepticism.
9. ‘Onye’ – Waje feat Tiwa Savage
Collaborating with another leading female voice, Tiwa added brilliance to this R&B record, creating a memorable moment in the early 2010s Afrobeats scene.
8. ‘Keys To The Kingdom’ – Beyonce feat Tiwa Savage & Mr. Eazi
Tiwa contributed an incredible chorus to this Beyonce track for the ‘Lion King’ remake, showcasing Afrobeats influence on a global stage.
7. ‘Oyi’ remix – Flavour feat Tiwa Savage
Tiwa’s sensuality elevated this Flavour R&B love tune, making it one of the most memorable duets in Afrobeats’ history.
6. ‘Dis Love’ – DJ Spinall feat Tiwa Savage & Wizkid
Teaming up with Wizkid and DJ Spinall, Tiwa’s vocals contributed to the success of this hit song, solidifying her status in the genre.
5. ‘No Wahala’ – 1da Banton feat Tiwa Savage & Kizz Daniel
Tiwa joined forces with Kizz Daniel to help 1da Banton consolidate success with this hit single, becoming a notable European export.
4. ‘Diet’ – DJ Enimoney feat Tiwa Savage, Reminisce, Slimcase
In the era of the Shaku Shaku Street wave, Tiwa demonstrated her ability to adapt, delivering on this hard-hitting record alongside other industry heavyweights.
3. ‘Who Is Your Guy’ – Spyro feat Tiwa Savage
Spyro benefited from Tiwa’s mastery of lamba and her unique ability to spice up a record with a breathtaking verse.
2. ‘Woju’ remix – Kizz Daniel feat Tiwa Savage & Davido
On this remix, Tiwa Savage’s vocals turned the song into a household anthem, showcasing her irreplaceable impact in the Nigerian mainstream.
1. ‘Girlie O’ remix – Patoranking feat Tiwa Savage
A moment that dazzled listeners and captured industry attention, ‘Girlie O’ remix stands as one of the greatest Dancehall records from the Nigerian mainstream, highlighting Tiwa Savage’s sensuality and hitmaking prowess.