Tiwa Savage is Not my Competition – SEYI SHAY

British-Nigerian Seyi Shay made it clear Nigerian-American artist Tiwa Savage is not her rival/competition in a recent interview conducted by the Punch Newspaper online.

Seyi Shay always makes me laugh because the way she weaves words together never seems to come out right, even though she is being as direct and it appears as honest as possible. Her explanation below, to me, succeeds in casting Tiwa Savage as a rigid inflexible artist.

I do hope we get to a point where bloggers/journalists et al. stop asking our female artists stupid questions on whether they think the few women in the industry are their competitions. I would, if I was the artist, stop answering such questions and tell them why I won’t answer that question. It doesn’t yield a positive result either way you do it. I’d let the pictures, collabos et al. do the talking.

“I think people can see the difference between us now. The reason I don’t see Tiwa as a rival is because I know who I am. I know that I’m very much a fun-loving person. I’m still the woman of the world that many people know. I really don’t care about the things that are not going to affect me in a positive way. If it’s not going to affect me in a positive way, I don’t focus on it or think about it.

The difference is that I am deeper into the ragga stuff than she is. She portrays herself as somebody that is a cautious RnB artist, which she is. But I see myself as a commercial and carefree spirit. I don’t know her to that extent, so I can’t really speak about her. But I feel that Murda is my vibe and her vibe is her vibe.” – Full story on the Punch Newspaper.

Seyi I think Tiwa would say her ‘Wanted’ video is not cautious, at all.


Seyi Shay

Tiwa Savage -Eminado

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