Singer Reflects on Personal Journey and Vision for ‘Are We African Yet’ Festival
Renowned Nigerian singer Davido has recently shared that the creation of his record-breaking album, ‘Timeless,’ served as a healing process for him, providing solace following the tragic loss of his son, Ifeanyi Adeleke, on October 31, 2022. The artist opened up about his emotional journey during an interview with Zane Lowe of Apple Music 1.
Released on March 31, 2023, ‘Timeless’ marked Davido’s first musical endeavor since the passing of his son. In the interview, the singer disclosed that he recorded most of the songs in his home, surrounded by family, creating a calm atmosphere conducive to the creative process. Davido expressed that making music during this time felt like a rejuvenating experience, comparing it to the excitement of an artist who just secured a record deal.
“I actually recorded most of the album in my house where I live with my wife. At the time, it was really only me, her and her sisters, and I had one of my boys staying with me. It gave me time to really calm down. It was a healing process because I was happy to be making music. I was excited about it. I felt like an artiste that had just got a record deal,” Davido shared.
The singer revealed that he initially recorded a total of 28 songs for the album but chose to filter out some to ensure that ‘Timeless’ would be appreciated by fans for its musical merit rather than solely tied to the loss of his son. Davido mentioned that he found the most concentration while working on the album during flights.
Beyond his musical endeavors, Davido discussed his ‘Are We African Yet’ festival, scheduled for November 18 in Atlanta. The festival aims to provide a platform for different artists to showcase their talents. Davido expressed his desire to empower artists to take ownership of their culture and not wait for others to bring forth ideas.
“The vision I have is to create it to be something for the culture, not particularly mine. The first few editions will hold in Atlanta, but we will definitely move it around to places such as Los Angeles and Toronto (Canada),” Davido explained, highlighting his commitment to spreading the cultural celebration beyond its initial location.
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