Timaya

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Timaya
Timaya on NdaniTV's The Juice in May 2014
Timaya on NdaniTV's The Juice in May 2014
Background information
Birth nameInetimi Alfred Odon
Born (1977-08-15) 15 August 1977 (age 42)
Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
OriginOdi, Bayelsa State, Nigeria
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2005–present
LabelsDM Records

Inetimi Timaya Odon (born 15 August 1977), better known by his stage name Timaya, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. He is the founder of DM Records Limited. His solo career began in 2005 with the release of "Dem Mama", which also appeared on his debut album, True Story released the following year. His second album Gift and Grace was released in 2008.

Timaya gained further visibility and international prominence through his third studio album De Rebirth—released in partnership with Black Body Entertainment—and its lead single "Plantain Boy".[1] Both were commercially successful. He collaborated with Dem Mama Soldiers on the album LLNP (Long Life N Prosperity). In 2012, Timaya released Upgrade, which spawned hits "Bum Bum", "Sexy Ladies", and "Malonogede". To date, his work has earned him several notable awards and nominations including four Headies Awards wins, 2 AFRIMMA Awards wins, one Nigeria Music Award and an NEA Award.[2]

Early life[edit]

Inetimi Timaya Odon was born on 15 August 1977 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. He grew up as part of a large family; the youngest of fifteen children in Agip Estate, Port Harcourt. His father was a banker and his mother was a trader. For his early education, Odon attended Assemblies of God Nursery And Primary School.[3] His secondary school education began at Nkpolu Oroworukwo in Port Harcourt.[1] He would often break house rules to attend late-night music events. Before Timaya could graduate from school, his mother arranged for him to travel with his older brother and older sister to Lagos. After moving to the city, he gained admission into Lagos' Ikeja Grammar School, where he eventually obtained a secondary school certificate.[4]

Timaya later returned to Port Harcourt to study Banking and Finance at tertiary-level, however, he performed poorly in examinations and dropped out after first semester.[3] He then moved back to Lagos to join Eedris Abdulkareem's hiphop group as a backup vocalist.[5] After three years working for Eedris, Timaya departed from the group to focus on his solo career. He began to record collaborations with fellow up-and-coming artists and made his first cameo appearance in an unreleased music video by UDX, a Lagos-based rap group.[6] He subsequently met producer Obaksolo in Mafoluku, Oshodi, who produced his first major hit record "Dem Mama" after hearing him perform the a cappella version.[7]

He worked with Namse Udosen (Menthol X) on the track "Pomporo" on his first album, True Story.

Describing the song in an interview posted on August 2013, Timaya said: "'Dem Mama' was an account of the 1999 destruction of Odi, a river side community in Niger Delta. Soldiers were hunting down militants they alleged killed eight policemen. The village was burnt down and numerous people killed. I bravely tackled the issue years later and won instant street credibility for my boldness."[8]

Career[edit]

After the success of "Dem Mama", Timaya decided to continue with producer K-Solo. He recorded seven more songs for his first album True Story, which was eventually released in 2007.[9] Later that year, Timaya began work on his second album with producers Phyno, Jeggs, Spankie, Akeem D Beat, Obaksolo and Terry G.[10] In 2008, the album titled Gift and Grace was released into stores nationwide. Timaya won two awards in 2008: "Album of the Year" at Nigeria Music Awards and "Best Reggae/Dancehall album" at the Headies Awards. He also received two awards "Best Reggae/Dancehall album" for Gift and Grace and "Best Collaboration" for his feature on J Martins' "Good or Bad (O Wey)" at the 2009 edition of The Headies.[11] Two years later, Timaya released his third album, De Rebirth and its success-themed lead single "Plantain Boy". The album's production was handled by Akeem D Beat, Phyno, Flux, M-Yire, Jay Sleek, N.D, Jesse Jagz, and Obaksolo. Timaya collaborated with guest artists, including 2face Idibia, TJ 2Solo, Allenian, Konga, Lanre, M.I, TJ, and Wrecoba.[12] In 2010, he appeared on the song "Kokoroko" by female gospel artist Kefee, which went on to win in the "Best Collaboration" category at the 2010 Headies Awards.,[13] he recently featured by Kcee in a song titled ''Erima[14]''

In November 2011, Timaya released LLNP (Long Life And Prosperity), a collaborative album with his crew, Dem Mama Soldiers. The album's second track "Dem No Like Me" featured a guest appearance by legendary reggae singer, Ras Kimono.[15] On 25 June 2012, Timaya released a 14-track album titled Upgrade, which produced notable hits "Bum-Bum", "Sexy Ladies", "Bum Bum" and "Malonogede". The album features collaborations with Attitude, Terry G and Vector.[16] Duncan Mighty and Timaya dueted on "I Know I Know Dat", which was leaked onto the internet a few hours after the former's album Footprints was released into stores.[17] Both artists were among the honorees at the 4th annual Odudu Music Awards alongside M-Trill, Sodi Cookey, Becky Enyioma and Timi Dakolo.[18]

In 2014, he released his fifth studio album, titled "EPIPHANY. The album was a 20-tracker, with global hits, such as "Bum Bum Remix" (featuring Dancehall A-Lister, Sean Paul), "Sanko", and "Ukwu". It also featured 2baba, Patoranking, Olamide, Sir Shina Peters, Deethi, Phyno and Terry G.[19] [check quotation syntax] In 2017, Timaya performed in Nassau, Bahamas, where he headlined the first ever Afro-Soca Concert.[20]

After 5 years of releasing singles, and touring, Timaya released an EP titled Chulo Vibes (2019). This project featured collaborations from East African artist Alikiba, Trinidadian Soca Legend Machel Montano and Nigeria’s Burna Boy.[21]

DM Records[edit]

Timaya set up his record label, DM Records Limited. Under which he groomed artistes such as Patoranking[22] and Runtown.[23] In 2017, he signed young Dancehall/Afro-Fusion artiste, King Perryy to the DM Records imprint.[24]

Honours[edit]

In 2011, Timaya was appointed a Peace Ambassador by the Inter religious and International Federation for World Peace (IIFWP). Dr. Hak Ja Haan Moon, co-founder of the IIFWP, stated that he is "one of those individuals whose lives exemplify the ideal of living for the sake of others, and who dedicate themselves to practices which promote the founding ideals of the IIFWP."[25]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • True Story (2007)
  • Gift And Grace (2008)
  • De Rebirth (2010)
  • LLNP Long Life N Prosperity (2011)
  • Upgrade (2012)
  • Epiphany (2014)
  • Chulo Vibes EP (2019)[26]

Selected singles[edit]

Year Title Album Ref
2019 "2 Stoopid" Non-album single [27]
2019 "I Can't Kill Myself" Chulo Vibes [28]
2019 "Balance" [29]
2018 "Kom Kom" (featuring King Perry and Patoranking) Non-album single [30]
2018 "Bam Bam" (featuring Olamide) [31]
2018 "Ah Blem Blem" (Electric Bodega Remix) [32]
2018 "To U" [33]
2018 "Ah Blem Blem" [34]
2018 "Telli Person" (featuring Olamide and Phyno) [35]
2017 "Dance" (featuring Rudeboy) [36]
2017 "I Like the Way" (Electric Bodega Remix) [37]
2017 "Pity 4 Us" [38]
2017 "Woyo" [39]
2016 "Money" (featuring Flavour) [40]
2016 "Bang Bang" [41]
2016 "I Like the Way" [42]
2015 "Some More" [43]
2015 "Amayanabo" [44]
2015 "I Concur" [45]
2014 "Ukwu" [46]
2014 "Sanko" [40]
2014 "Lai Lai" Epiphany [47]
2014 "Gbagam" [48]
2014 "Bow Down" [49]
2014 "Ekoloma Demba" [50]

Videography[edit]

Year Title Director Ref
2012 Malonogede Gini
2012 Bum Bum Clarence Peters
2012 Sexy Ladies Clarence Peters
2014 Ekoloma Demba Matt Max
2014 Watta Bam Bam Godfather Productions
2014 Ukwu Moe Musa
2014 Bum Bum(remix) Shuta Films
2014 Bow Down Unlimited LA
2014 Sanko Unlimited LA
2014 Gbagam Clarence Peters
2015 Hallelujah Matt Max [51]
2015 Some More Uprooted Media
2015 Hallelujah Matt Max
2015 I Concur Clarence Peters
2015 I Like The Way UpRooted Media
2015 Money Clarence Peters
2016 Bang Bang Patrick Elis
2016 Woyo Unlimited LA
2016 Dance Clarence Peters
2017 Telli Person Clarence Peters
2018 Ah Blem Blem Clarence Peters
2018 To U Unlimited LA
2018 Bam Bam Unlimited LA
2018 Kom Kom Unlimited LA
2019 Balance Unlimited LA
2019 I Can’t Kill Myself Director K
2019 2 Stoopid TG Omori

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Afrotainment-Museke Online African Music Awards
    • 2011:Best Afro-Dancehall song, " Plantain Boy" (Won)[52]
  • Nigeria Music Awards
    • 2008: Album of the Year, True Story (Won)
  • The Headies
    • 2008: Best Reggae/Dancehall Album, True Story (Won)
    • 2009: Best Reggae/Dancehall Album, Gift and Grace (Won)
    • 2009: Best Collaboration, "Good or Bad" (with J. Martins and P-Square) (Won)
    • 2009: Artiste of the Year (Nominated)
    • 2010: Best Collaboration, "Kokoroko" (with Kefee) (Won)
  • Nigeria Entertainment Awards
    • 2014: Indigenous Artist of the Year (Nominated)
  • AFRIMMA
    • Afrimma 2015 Best Dancehall Artist (Nominated)
    • Afrimma 2016 Best Dancehall Act of the Year (Nominated)
    • Afrimma 2017 Dancehall Act of the Year (Won)
    • Afrimma 2018 Best African Reggae/Dancehall Act (Nominated)
  • Grammy 2018
    • Morgan Heritage’s Reggae Night (Global Remix) off the album Avrakedabra

Tours[edit]

  • 2019 – Timaya Chulo Vibes Europe Tour
  • 2018 – Timaya Live in Canada
  • 2017 – Timaya US Tour

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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