This feat is even more impressive considering the collection of impressive albums released by other heavyweights in Nigeria and in the continent and to be the only album in the list speaks a lot about the album’s quality.
While reacting to the news on her Twitter handle, the singer and songwriter described the album as “magical.”
She said, “So many projects dropped this year all over the world and Time Magazine picked CELIA as one of their top 10 albums released this year. Ope ni fun Eledumare” – Yoruba translation to mean Gratefulness to the Almighty.
Celia, whose concept was heavily influenced by her late mother, delivered in English and Yoruba comes into the list at number 10 and offers a fine blend of Afrobeats, R&B and pop genre. The album which according to Tiwa Savage attempts to create a balance between an African woman’s culture in the face of the western influence was heavily influenced by her late mother.
Time Magazine also espoused similar comments in describing the album’s theme, saying, “The album is characterised by an infectious buoyancy.”
It said the artiste “has an innate understanding of how various strains of music from the Black diaspora fit together, so R&B, Rap, Afrobeats and global pop coalesce seamlessly on the record.”
Celia was released on 27 August 2020 by Motown, Island Records and Universal Music Group. The album had a stellar cast of production credits and featured guest appearances from Davido, Naira Marley, Sam Smith, Stefflon Don, Dice Ailes and Hamza.
Other albums include Miss Anthropocene, We are new again, Aguita, Set my Heart on Fire Immediately, Eternal Atake, Gaslighter, Fetch the Bolt Cutters, Ungodly Hour and Folklore.