For a singer and songwriter just making her American album debut, Tiwa Savage is wildly overqualified.
“Celia,” released Aug. 28, is actually her fourth full-length album in Nigeria, where she was born and has been hailed in recent years as the “Queen of Afrobeats,” the West African pop finding its way to a growing worldwide audience.
It’s the global leveling-up of a solo career that also includes plenty of non-album singles and collaborations with top Afrobeats performers like Wizkid, Davido and Patoranking. Savage was featured on “Keys to the Kingdom” with Mr Eazi on Beyoncé’s “The Lion King: The Gift” (repurposed this year for Beyoncé’s visual album “Black Is King”).
Savage, 40, has also been a television host (on “Nigerian Idol”), a stage and television actress, her own video director, and an activist devoted to H.I.V./AIDS prevention and to combating rape culture in Nigeria. Her international reach, on streaming services and beyond, reflects international experience.