I’m not a gospel singer – Timi Dakolo

Ace singer and winner of the maiden edition of Idols West Africa, Timi Dakolo, has stated that contrary to speculations, he is not a gospel artiste.

The ‘Iyawo Mi’ crooner explained that his style of music is diverse, emphasising that he cannot be boxed into a particular genre.

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Dakolo cleared the air when he was asked about his genre during an interview with On-Air-Personality, Dotun on Cool FM Lagos.

He said he is a creator of art and not just an artiste whose music goes beyond wedding tunes and his soulful project ‘Men of The South’ is about cultural pride. The popular singer added that he performs at gospel events because he is a Christian.

Dotun asked; “People kind of categorise you into gospel. Are you a gospel musician?”

In response, Dakolo said; “I am not, by any chance. I always say to people, ‘Is there a gospel banker or architect?’ It is you that decided that is what you want to do. Art is art.

“I am just an artiste. In fact, I am not an artiste, I am a creator of art. You cannot box my music into a particular genre.

I am much more than a wedding singer. ‘Great Nation’ and ‘Wish Me Well’ are not wedding songs. If listen to my new album, you are going to hear that [my diversity]. ‘Men Of The South’ is a song about cultural pride.”