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ALBUM REVIEW: Timaya – Epiphany

Posted by Jim Donnett on October 7, 2014 in Album reviews · 66 Comments



Timaya has been a commercial success right from the days of his dada and his 5th studio album titled ‘Epiphany’ comes with high expectations so hopefully, it doesn’t fall below par. Epiphany suggests a divine manifestation and the Egberi Papa is clothed all white on the cover perhaps in a bid to convey the supposed appearance of divine. Will the songs be able to attest to the epiphany?

The album begins with the Young D-produced track BOW DOWN, not bad for a start or is the Egberi Papa playing safe? The next track is SANKO, it got me nodding but on a second listen I couldn’t shake off that Burna Boy vibe in the song. Timaya goes further with LAI LAI, again produced by Young D and it features Terry G. The song is a glorified crap! The ringing of bells and ‘kabashing’ literally makes no sense to me. And did Terry G just say ginger? Oh please! Stale lyrics. LOVE (MY BABY) is not a bad love song. He appreciates his baby or at least according to Timaya, “she good for bed” and that is enough to be grateful for. The use of Igbo language gives it that indigenous feeling and that little touch of high life in the beat gives it the ‘African-ness’.

GBAGAM follows after, featuring Phyno and Deetti. Orbeat doesn’t disappoint on the beat while Timaya and the featured artistes deliver well. Not a bad debut for Deetti as well. After this, Timaya comes out to let us know he is a bad man on BAD MAN TIN. It has awesome beats, heavily spiced with enough curry and maggi to tickle your fancy. It saved the day. My friends actually think the beat should have been reserved for a better song.The next song on the ‘Epiphany’ is titled IT’S ALLOWED. Typical Timaya! Just like the title, it’s allowed to skip to the next song. The song doesn’t pass any distinct meaning from player hating to whining the ukwu. C’mon! After skipping, the next track features Patoranking and it’s titled GIRLS DEM. The titled is self explanatory. Another bum-bum song. Nice beats though. HAPPY features a veteran, Sir Shina Peters. It’s an owambe jam with a lovely tune and not a bad collabo either. Shina Peters gave it that ‘old school touch’ but must Timaya always remind us that he and his mama sold plantain?

Next on the play list is SANKO DANCE HALL KING. I reserve my comment on this. On BOTHER ME, Timaya deviates from the bum-bum story to pass a message, especially on the state of unrest in the country. Not a bad track. The beats make you nod your head while you get the message in the lyrics. Egberi Papa sings of a strained relationship on PAIN. The beat is commercial enough. The lyrics? Nothing new but well delivered above average. OVERFLOW features Olamide. Dis wan na beta beat, good for the club goers. But must Olamide cough to prove a point? Like the title suggests on BEHIND ME, Timaya tells us another bum-bum story. Wonderful club banger so don’t expect sensible lyrics. After this, he says ESHE. Could he be thanking God for the bum-bum in Behind Me? The next tracks HOLD ME NOW, UKWU, EKOLOMA DEMBA & BOM BOM REMIX takes one on a journey round the world of bum-bums and ukwus. These tracks don’t disappoint the club goers.

The last track APPRECIATION which features 2face is a wonderful way to end a 5th album by appreciating his fans. This jam happens to be my favourite on the compilation. 2face brings in this unexplainable flavor while Young D does a good job on the production. The bonus track DEM NO LIKE ME featuring Raskimono is no fluke. Listen for yourself. The album Epiphany should have been termed ‘UKWU-PHANY’ due to the numerous bum-bum stories. Timaya’s compilation doesn’t fall below par because he hasn’t disappointed his targeted audience. After all, some second studio albums can’t hold water.


Rating – 3/5

Reviewed by aLadin Yhusuff

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  1. Timaya all the way

  2. Timaya the hit killer

    bow down

  3. Can’t stop laughin on dis review….d guy wan kill timaya….ukwu tins

  4. who ever rated this album is a hater,in love my baby,u didn’t hear all the other things apart from she is good in bed?u just pick out the bad things and forget the good ones,pls before u rate someone album,pls make sure u can write a song,timaya is the definition of dancehall,how many artist have 5 solo album and 1 compilation album

  5. Wat had wizkid done again @ d last part of d comment

  6. Timaya is a prolific and a talented artist, he deserves better than a 3 Star rating!

  7. checkout dis blog@

  8. I’m a die-hard timaya fan… album buh I expected more. 3over 5 is kul 4 d ratin……#MyOpinion

  9. I guess the bum-bum idea is wat works 4 him, doesnt show creativity though

  10. Five star general!!!!!!

  11. Thanks fans one love

  12. Thanks my lovely fans 1 love..

  13. I swear e dey pain tooexclusive wizkid don enta their mind sorte dem they diss am again thank God that he his far richer than the whole team tooexclusive and them they vex because him no dey pay dem to post lol

  14. Abeggiiii e no easy…timay na baba frm day 1…dis album is nt bad…5th studio album ko easy…eyan ko ni wande coal ni

  15. One love timaya God bless ya

  16. I don’t have much to say but believe me timaya impressed me with songs like bow down. appreciate and though gbagam na him kind of jam… d jam get spirit joor… calm down or we humble u + d gbagam alone can tumble u “gbagam”

  17. These guys are just hating. Obviously, this rating was done with a biased mind.

    • Timaya 2 ???d?????

  18. wat was d nid for dt last statement if nt dt these tooxclusive guys r jst looking for ways to diss wizkid.mtscheew

  19. D difference btw a white man and d black man is telling d truth,we love wizkid,but trust me,if dat little dude does’nt take his time 2 listen 2 his music or better start buying songs from good writers,he’s sounding dsame in all his songs,no content,…someone should advise him,na so una push d’banj enter wahala…

  20. Gud review, al yhusuff nice job. Timaya u get mouth.

  21. D review no bad sha. Timaya u get mouth. Meanwhile al Yhusuff u ‘re da man.

  22. Cool

  23. Wizkid fans I really think wizkid needs to update his style he repeats to much jare timaya na my boss for life

    • fool TImaya always repeat stuffs sentimental fool

  24. My best song on this album is appreciation…. 2face killed that song…luv it die

  25. seriously Jim if you have a personal problem with wizkid you could just email him or call him even if he’s doing below average I still think you got a personal hatred for the guy or you just don’t like him guy take mic sing make we hear U please

  26. timaya is naija finnest,haters go boil beans,d album tight pass virgin

  27. I jxt like dat 1 u featured Phyno

  28. Phyno Bad o!

  29. Meeen Timaya is good. I love d Album. I lov almost all d tracks ,he try joor. All hail d dance hall king

  30. Egberi papa he is da Boss

  31. Nice one timaya

  32. Nice one eigberi papa

  33. baba Tima Tima carry on u no min dam o

  34. You do not tell the truth in a dissing way, we all understand Wizkid album is below what we expected, but you guys are taking this thing too far, if you hate him and continue uploading his song on your blog, may olodumare punish you.

  35. Timaya has always been gud from day 1 he has never disappointed us..
    Timaya keep d flag flying…
    Pls u ppo shouldn’t make d mistake of comparing Timaya with Wizkid…

  36. ambasador timaya, ur d best

  37. Hope U not referring to a Kid I knw in d last part sha Lol. 9ice Commercial Album.

  38. I think the album is consistent with timaya’s style and follows the general trend of music currently being released in Nigeria. I’d give it a 4 out of 5

  39. i like this album

  40. I give all d credit to d writer of dis article. … al Hassan u dih well…… u were able to drop a balance appraisal and criticism. timaya remains mouthed in d industry any time anywhere.

  41. Timaya you are Godly blessed. Keep the flag flying

  42. All timaya’s i love it infact timaya is a hit maker

  43. good one

  44. Timaya is d king.pls kip it up in Godly way and d God of my menton PAPA DAVID IBIYEOMIE will bless u more and more.rememba ur tithe and seed to God.

  45. timaya shout out 2 ur guyz nd ur girlie o.tanks 2 d piple way support u o. timaya z alwayz d best

  46. another good album from ceo dem mama soldier

  47. Timaya na baba I go future am 09056700049.

  48. Thanks..

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