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Nigeria: I Respect Ali Kiba a Lot, Says Reggae Singer, Timaya as he Releases EP


The popular Nigerian singer Enitimi Alfred Odom popularly known as Timaya is begins 2019 on a high. His new song Balance, plucked out of his nine track EP Chulo Vibes, is topping the charts.

Your 2019 first release ‘Balance’ is getting considerable airplay. Massive. A good start for the year?

It is the perfect way to start the year, because it is exactly how I feel right now, how I felt when I made that song. Everything in my life is balanced, and I am very thankful for that.

Tell us more about the song

“Balance” is the first single off my EP, Chulo Vibes. It is that feel good song that you can play every time, on the radio, in traffic, at parties, anywhere really. Like I said earlier, it’s a reflection of how I feel about my life right now. I also hope it inspires people to have a habit of being thankful.

Balance’s video is epic, flashy and to the point. A mirror of your lifestyle?

In a way it is. I am very particular about the things and people, I surround myself with. I love beautiful, classy and valuable things. The video was an interpretation of a part of my life, surrounded by friends, beautiful women, having a great time.

Your 9-track EP is coming out later in the week, what should your fans expect?

The EP is called Chulo Vibes, it is a collection of music that I can say best defines me, my sound and brand. I am all about good energy, love, positive living, being thankful always, and you can hear all this on, not just the EP, but all my songs.

Burna Boy, Alikiba and Machel Montano are reportedly featured in the EP. How was it working with these three artists?

They are all my brothers. It was really easy, working with them on the project.

How did you link up with Alikiba? Any other projects with artists from East Africa? Kenya perhaps?

I have always loved Alikiba’s sound and style, so when I started working on ‘Number One’, I knew he’d be the best fit, so I reached out, and he responded. It really was that simple. I have so much respect for him. Yeah, I’d love to work with more artists from the East, Kenya, Uganda, everyone.

This EP follows your 2014 project ‘Epiphany.’ That was five years ago. What happened?

I’ve been working, dropped some big singles, several collaborations, music videos, been touring, yeah, I’ve been working. I wasn’t prepared to make a full project, but the inspiration came towards the end of last year, so I just went for it and my team thought it was the right time as well.

You have been in the game for over 10 years. What has been the highlight of your career?

I am so thankful for this, and I am thankful for the rest of my life, doing what I love so much. Every year, there are always several highs of my career, I will say the highlight would be the love and support, I get from my fans through it all. It’s overwhelming.

Are you in good terms with Davido? What of Wizkid. There has been a lot of shade flying around.

Davido and Wizkid are my brothers, proud of all their exploits and achievements.

You recently took to social media to flaunt your expensive rides. Tells us about them and your love for cars in general.

I love classy and strong cars, but I wasn’t really flaunting, I was just happy about getting new rides. I hadn’t bought a car in about 3 years, and I just wanted to invest in rides that could serve me for a long term.

How is fatherhood and parenting so far? Regrets?

Zero regrets. I love my kids so much. They mean the world to me. It’s such a blessing to be a dad and I am so thankful

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