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By Oluwatobi Opusunju

Producer, Benjamin Obadje also known as Spellz has revealed that Tiwa Savage’s recently released hit track ‘Malo’ featuring Wizkid and himself was originally his.


He disclosed this in a recent interview with Punch.

According to him, he had to give the song to Tiwa to complete the tracks on her “Sugarcane” EP as it needed one more song in order for it to be released on the scheduled date.

“I did two songs on Tiwa’s EP. Malo was originally my song that I planned to release this year. So, when we wanted to put out her EP, she needed one more song. I was not in Nigeria at that time and Tiwa was in New York too. It was difficult to work together; so, I said we should add Malo to the EP.

“I saw it as our song since I featured Wizkid and Tiwa on it. And without their efforts, the song wouldn’t be made. I am not the type that holds on to things for too long. Since Tiwa liked the idea, I spoke to Wizkid as well and he liked it too,” he said.

However, Spellz further explained that everyone on the song brought their A game in the making of the song, noting that Tiwa wrote her verses as well as Wizkid.

“When we make songs, we come together. At the end of the day, we are only after the good of the song. So, everyone brought their own ideas for the good of ‘Malo’,” he explained.

The producer also reckoned that, “in fact, I don’t think we’ve seen the best of the song. When I produced Wande Coal’s ‘Iskaba’ last year, I knew it would be a big song. A year after we did ‘Iskaba’, awards are still coming in for the song. How many songs do you produce and a year after, they are still relevant? In Nigeria, the lifespan of songs is just three months.”

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