Kele Kele Love

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"Kele Kele Love"
Kele Kele Love cover.jpg
Single by Tiwa Savage
from the album Once Upon a Time
ReleasedNovember 4, 2010
FormatDigital download
Songwriter(s)Tiwatope Savage
Producer(s)Harmony Samuels
Tiwa Savage singles chronology
"Kele Kele Love"
"Love Me (3x)"

"Kele Kele Love" is a song by Nigerian singer Tiwa Savage. It was released as the lead single from her debut studio album, Once Upon a Time (2013). Upon its release, the song was met with positive reviews.[1]


In an interview with Showtime Celebrity, Savage said she had doubts about the song's longevity.[2] In the aforementioned interview, she spoke about the song's composition, saying, "I think issues are universal. Even though Kele Kele is Nigerian, it's something that anyone can easily know because it's universal." Savage also said the song is a mixture of her experience and the experiences of others.[2]

Music video[edit]

The accompanying music video for "Kele Kele Love" was shot and directed in Los Angeles by Jerry Chan. It was co-directed by Tiwa Savage and Tee Billz.[3] The music video was uploaded onto her Vevo account on April 6, 2011, and to her YouTube account on July 28, 2011.


"Kele Kele Love" won Best R&B Soul Song at the 2011 Afrotainment Museke Online Music Awards.[4] It earned Tiwa Savage a nomination for the Next Rated award at The Headies 2011.[5] The music video for "Kele Kele Love" was nominated for Most Gifted Female Video at the 2011 Channel O Music Video Awards.[6] It was also nominated for Best Use of Choreography at the 2011 Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA).[7]

Year Awards ceremony Award description(s) Results
2011 The Headies Next Rated Nominated
Channel O Music Video Awards Most Gifted Female Video Nominated
Afrotainment Museke Online Music Awards Best R&B Soul Song Won
Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) Best Use of Choreography Nominated

Track listing, covers, and remixes[edit]

"Kele Kele Love" was remixed by The Busy Twist, a production duo from London that describes their music as "African-influenced bass music". The duo's version of "Kele Kele Love" is a mixture of Afropop and funk.[8] DJ Sean,[9] Sym 19,[10] Shimzie,[11] Dowty Ebi,[12] and radio personality N6 released their own rendition of the song.[13] "Kele Kele Love" was also remixed over a house instrumental.[14]

1."Kele Kele Love"3:42
2."Kele Kele Love (House Remix)"3:27
3."Kele Kele (The Busy Twist Remix)" (by The Busy Twist)3:32
4."Kele Kele Love (Remix)" (by DJ Sean)3:54
5."Kele Kele Love (remix)" (by N6)3:50
6."Kele Kele Love (remix)" (by Dowty Ebi)3:51
7."Kele Kele Love Remake" (by Sym 19 featuring Solid Star)3:55
8."Kele Kele Love (Remix)" (by Shimzie)3:23

Video release history[edit]

Platform Date Format Label
Vevo April 6, 2011 Digital download
YouTube July 28, 2011


  1. ^ "On Set With Tiwa Savage: Behind the Scenes at the video shoot for "Kele Kele Love"". Bellanaija. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Kele Kele love is my personal experince – Tiwa Savage". Vanguard. 30 July 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  3. ^ "New Video: Tiwa Savage – Kele Kele Love". Bellanaija. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Afrotainment Museke Online Africa Music Awards 2011 Winners" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 December 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  5. ^ "The Headies 2011: Ice Prince, 2face, Dr Sid, Darey top Nominees List". 360nobs. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Reminder: 2011 Channel O Awards Nominees". justcurious. Archived from the original on 31 August 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  7. ^ "Nigerian Music Video Awards [NMVA] 2011 Nominees… Darey & Jodie Top The List of Nominees". Jaguda. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  8. ^ "The Busy Twist - UK funky remix of Tiwa Savage's Kele Kele". This Is Africa. Archived from the original on 20 December 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  9. ^ "Kele Kele Love [Remix]". Hulkshare. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  10. ^ "Audio:- Sym 19 - Kele Kele Love Remake featuring Solidstar". Nigeriansounds. 6 November 2012. Archived from the original on 21 December 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  11. ^ "Shimzie-Kele Kele Love-Remix". YouTube. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  12. ^ "Tiwa Savage ft. Dowty Ebi (DE9) - 4. Kele Kele Love Remix". YouTube. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  13. ^ "N6 – Back When (Remix) + Kele Kele Love (Remix)". Notjustok. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
  14. ^ "Now Playing: Tiwa Savage – Kele Kele Love (House Remix)". Bellanaija. October 5, 2010. Retrieved 20 December 2013.