In an interview with Capital Xtra’s Tim Westwood, Tiwa Savage described Ciara’s Freak Me as a pleasant surprise.

This is coming from Savage after Ciara was accused on Nigerian social media of alleged song theft and unapproved sampling of Savage’s Before Nko.

Addressing the issue, she said that she had foreknowledge of the sampling.

According to her, her representatives spoke to Ciara’s camp, inferring that they reached an understanding on the usage of the song. She stated that:

“It’s amazing. It’s an honour. I knew she was going to sample the record.

“Her people had spoken to my people but I didn’t hear the final product until it came out but it was a pleasant surprise. Big shout out to her”.

Speaking on her upcoming collaboration with Coldplay, and how it came to be, Savage said:

“They have a record with Stargate and it kinda has like an Afrobeat influence in it and I already worked with Stargate on a couple of records, so they wanted a female vocal on it, so here I am.

“When I was in the studio with Chris Martin, he was so cool. I was so nervous. He made it so easy”.

She described her collaboration with Duncan Mighty, ‘Lova Lova’, as her current favourite song, saying that “I knew it was a big record when I recorded it”.

Speaking on the inequality suffered by women in the music industry, she noted that it is not limited to Nigeria.

“I think it’s all over the world actually. I have heard other female acts from America, the UK talk about how hard it is”.

She said songs by male artistes find quick acceptance on the radio as opposed to those recorded by female singers.

“I think it’s a lot easier to accept male artist’s songs. On radio, it gets played quicker. Sometimes, I feel like some records when I have male artistes on it, is accepted a lot quicker”.

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