Nigerian Afrobeats star, David Adeleke, better known as Davido, has said that working on his latest album ‘Timeless’ was a healing process for him.
The singer lost his 3-year-old son, Ifeanyi Adeleke Jnr on 31st of October 2022 in a drowing incident in their in-house swimming pool at his Lagos residence.
Davido released Timeless on March 31, 2023, and it was his first musical work since the passing of his little boy.
Having a chat with Zane Lowe on an episode of Apple Music 1, OBO said he made the album when only himself, his wife Chioma, her sister and an errand boy were staying in his mansion.
“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,” he said.
Davido explained further that he recorded total of 28 songs for the album, before selecting the ones that were eventually released. He also stated that he wanted the album to be accepted by fans on its own merit, rather than people just supporting because of the loss he had experienced.
The ‘Champion Sound’ crooner also talked about the ‘Are We African Yet’ festival, as a platform meant to give different artistes the opportunity to perform on a global stage.
He said, “I want to give (different artistes) the opportunity to come every year and perform. They actually have fans here but they don’t know. With the Internet, all one has to do is ‘drop’ a song out on TikTok, and it’s gone (goes viral).
“I feel like we have to own our culture. We cannot wait for somebody else to bring the idea. We have to do this ourselves.
“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).”