Tiwa Savage, one of the few artists bringing Afrobeats to a wider audience, has spoken candidly about the emotional struggles she had before playing for King Charles at his coronation.
Behind the captivating and applaud-worthy performance that the world witnessed on the stage at Windsor Castle’s East Lawn was a plethora of emotions that kept her from her ultimate objective.
All she could think about when she took the enormous platform for the first time as an African was how to impress and what may go wrong.
Despite this, she admitted in an interview that it was best to shrug off any nerves after getting a hold of the microphone and receiving a hearty welcome.
“I was nervous, I will say the first few seconds. But as soon as I started singing, I said, ‘I have to just get swept away by the crowd’.”
Before switching to her customary Afrobeat style, Tiwa began her performance with a melodic introduction to calm the hundreds gathering.
Her performance received cheers from the crowd as she included aspects of Yoruba dance and language.
Overall, Tiwa’s performance was outstanding, and for days thereafter, she remained the center of attention at the glittering occasion.
“It was beautiful [to perform for the King]. It was such an amazing moment to represent the Commonwealth and to be on that stage,” she said amid laughter.