About Timi Dakolo (Biography)

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He
has been called The Voice, won the inaugural Idols West Africa singing
competition, been dubbed Nigeria’s King of soul but Timi Dakolo, singer,
songwriter and soulful performer refers to himself simply as a God made
man, a regular dude who just likes to voice his thoughts in song. He
insists so because, according to him, the hand of God has guided his
every career move from the moment he made the decision to enter for
Idols West Africa, the sub-continental version of the monster talent
hunt television programme. The American version has crowned powerful
singers like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Ruben Studdard and in
Timi Dakolo, these champions have a worthy co- traveller.

Born on
20, January 1981 in Accra, capital of the West African state of Ghana
to a Nigerian father and a Ghanaian mother, Dakolo was dealt a heavy
blow when he lost his mother at the tender age of 13. A native of
Bayelsa state, he was raised by his grandmother in Port Harcourt and he
credits her with nurturing his singing talent and encouraging him to
join the choir in church. He became a founding member of the singing
group Purple Love which became a regular in the Port Harcourt local
music circuit.

His big break however came in 2007 when he
auditioned for the reality show Idols West Africa in Calabar, Cross
Rivers state. He impressed the judges mightily and from that moment,
became a firm favourite to take the prize. While still in competition
Dakolo received news that his grandmother had passed away and upon his
return recorded the rock ballad ‘Heaven please’ to pay her tribute. The
song featured rap assistance from M.I and won the Best Recording at the
Hip Hop World Awards (now Headies).

Dakolo emerged champion of
the first and only Idols West Africa after seeing off a particularly
strong class of competitors (among whom were Omawumi, Jodie, Joan
Ekpai), emerging with 63% of the final votes.

In 2008 Timi Dakolo
was the unfortunate victim of a random act of violence. He was shot in
the lobby of the Presidential hotel in Port Harcourt but survived with
only minor injuries inflicted.

He released his debut album
‘Beautiful noise’, a time capsule of stirring ballads and soulful tunes
in 2011 to widespread critical and commercial acclaim. The critics
hailed it as an unusual debut and praised his peerless vocal range which
is capable of dismantling any song arrangement. Wilfred Okiche of
Ynaija.com wrote in his review, ‘’Beautiful noise… is a perfect showcase
of his beatic vocals, all genres from R&B to soul are representes
here and they all blend to form a kind of musical melee.’’ The bulk of
the album was produced by Cobhams Asuquo and spawned audience favourites
like ‘Heaven please’, ‘So beautiful’, ‘Love song’ and ‘There’s a cry’

His
signature tune ‘Great nation’ was released in 2012 with the video
premiere at The Future Awards finale in Port Harcourt. ‘Great nation’ is
on it’s way to classic status and has been hailed as a second national
anthem. Dakolo regularly performs it while waving the national flag.

He
is happily married to the love of his life Busola and they share 3
beautiful children together; 2 girls and a boy. Dakolo’s latest single
‘Iyawo mi’ is dedicated to his wife and was released in time for the
Valentine season. He is presently hard at work on his sophomore album
‘Love and consequences’ and with plans for a release later in the year.

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