Published On: Wed, Dec 28th, 2016

TIMI DAKOLO -From Grass to Glory

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Timi Dakolo

What challenges have you encountered when it comes to releasing albums etc.?

The music industry here is hard and very unforgiving. My main challenges was doing it all by myself. Though really, it’s been tough, it helped me gain experience-learning how to do things and how not to do things. And taking the right decisions at the crucial moments.

Do you write all your songs? If yes what is your muse?

I do, I write a lot and collaborate with Cobhams and Omolara as well. Ideas are everywhere. One just have to listen and do a lot of in-depth thinking.

Who were your earlier musical influences?

Bob Marley, Majek Fashek, Mandators, Third World, Edna James, Burning Spear, I-Three etc. I grew up in a Reggae environment.

How did you meet your wife?

I met her in a Church. I saw (her) from where I was standing and I said: “I want to talk to this Babe mehnnnn” (laughs)

How do you juggle your family time with your career?

Timi Dakolo, Wife and Children

Timi Dakolo, Wife and Children in a relaxing mood

I have my family time and career time. My wife always put me back in life when one begins to suffer. She’s a strong woman and I cherish her for that.

You have an amazing voice, one of the strongest vocalists in Nigeria. Why did you choose the game of music you do?

Thanks. The music chose me. I do music as I hear it. If I hear Soul music, I go with it and likewise other genres. I let the music find me and I don’t force it.

What inspires your hit songs “Iyawo Mi” and “Wish Me Well”?

“Iyawo Mi” is a personal song and it was dedicated to my wife. I needed to sing for her during our wedding, hence the song: “Iyawo Mi”.

“Wish Me Well” is the last word I told my friends before boarding a bus to Lagos for ‘Idols West Africa’ and the stories that followed. I am using it to inspire every dreamer and human being with ambition to follow their dreams and never relent.

You have performed on international platforms. How did you feel and what’s the audience reaction to you compared to Nigeria audience?

(Laughs) Most times, they don’t believe I am a Nigerian and stay here. After a while, they catch up with the lyrics and sing along. Beautiful moments I have had!

What local or international act would you give anything to work with?

Adele, Jay Z and Michael Bolton.

How do you relax?

Play Station, watch movies with my wife and we go on night outs with the kids.

What has been the highlight of your musical career?

I would say that (it was) singing at the World Economic Summit in Davos, Switzerland. In fact I love my every performance; be it thousand or just ten. I treat and cherish them the same way. Over the years, the Nigeria music scene has grown tremendously.

What do you think could be done to make it even better?

We have done well for ourselves. People take us seriously now and we need to have a common voice and a body to govern us; Because, as the saying goes, a house divided against itself will not stand.

What attributes do you feel influenced your rise to the fame?

I am God made man.

How do you handle mistakes during performances?

I just smile and joke over it and start again. It’s not that serious.

What pre-show rituals do you adopt?

I try to rest and sleep a lot. I also drink warm water before I go on (stage).

(l-r) Asu Ekiye Ijaw Born Music Star, My humble self Ghomorai Presidor IjawNews Publisher and Timi Dakolo all true Ijaw sons.

(l-r) Asu Ekiye Ijaw Born Music Star, My humble self Ghomorai Presidor  Coordinator,  Nigeria In The Eyes of The South-South (NETSSNG) Network  and  Publisher (IjawNews) with Timi Dakolo all true Ijaw sons in an ocassion.

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What projects are you working on now; songs etc?

I am currently working on my new album titled “Love and Consequences”.

What advice do you have for up and coming artistes?

Dream and dream big. Give it your all. Also, know your craft and the business of it.

Haaaaaaaa Izon! Haaaaaa Izon!! Haaaaaa Izon

Izon Keme Emi?

Emiooooooo

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