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CNN African Voices hosts Tiwa Savage, Sona Jobarteh

Two wave-making African musicians will this week appear on Glo-sponsored African Voices Changemakers on Cable News Network (CNN).

The 30-minute magazine programme comes up on DSTV channel 401 on Saturday at 5.30 p.m. It will be  repeated on Sunday at 4.30 a.m., 7.30 a.m, 12.30 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. and on Monday at 5.30 a.m.

The guests are Tiwa Savage, Nigerian singer, song writer and actress, and  Sona Jobarteh, a multi-instrumentalist and composer from Gambia.

Tiwa was born on February 5, 1980, in Lagos. She relocated to London at the age of 11 for her secondary education. Five years later, she began her music career doing backup vocals for artistes such as George Michael and Mary J. Blige. She moved back to Nigeria in 2012 and signed with Mavin Records.

In 2013, she released her debut studio album, Once Upon a Time. It was supported by seven singles: “Kele Kele Love”, “Love Me (3x)”, “Without My Heart”, “Ife Wa Gbona”, “Folarin”, “Olorun Mi” and “Eminado”. The album became an instant success. At the 2014 Headies Award, it was nominated for Best R&B/Pop Album while it got nomination for  Best Album of the Year at the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.

She went on to win Best Female West Africa Award in 2017 and 2018, Best African Act at the 2018 MTV Europe Music Awards and Sound city MVP Award for African Video of the Year in 2020.

The second guest, 37-year-old Jobarteh, is a composer and specialist in playing  guitar  and  traditional Kora, a 21-stringed harp-like instrument.

She is the first professional female Kora virtuoso to come from any of the West African Griot dynasties. Her lineage carries a formidable reputation for renowned Kora masters. She studied cello, piano and harpsichord at the Royal College of Music in the United Kingdom, in addition to attending Purcell School of Music, England, where she studied Composition.

The two musicians will delight viewers of African Voices with the story of their adventure in the music world.

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