Bassist/composer Olamide Timothy makes his debut for Music Foresight Inc with the release of his new album Ti’ Bami Se (My Music Soul Journey).
The album is already available across digital retailers’ iTunes and Amazon will be launched soon. Timothy has also announced select shows around the album’s release with further tour dates to be announced shortly.
Ti’ Bami Se is an intimate, mostly acoustic, multi-genre set of songs which present personal stories, tributes, a philosophy based on a lifelong love of nature and a spirit of musical adventure that just won’t let up. Olamide’s music is infused with the African idiom mostly influenced by other jazz genres and creates a whole new style that reaches audiences across the globe.
Each track on his album has a story behind it – Ti’ Bami Se: about what God can do beyond man’s imagination and encouraging people to hope in God always; Enikeni – a Yoruba folk song that tells the story of helping as many others as one is capable of helping, as we are replicates of each other; Ope: a thanksgiving song to express gratitude at every point in life; Ire: a song that defines goodness and also calls for all who want or wish for good things in life.
The album features great musicians including Michael Oloyede-Drums, Victor Odetunde- Piano and Keyboards, Segun Atoyebi- saxophones, Philip Uwuagwu- Guitar, Wura Samba- Percussions and a chamber orchestra from the Muson Symphony Orchestra.
Olamide Timothy originally from Lagos, Nigeria is a singer/songwriter, bass player, composer, bandleader and producer with a singular artistic vision which began at a young age. Ola, as he is affectionately called, would learn any instrument just by watching how it was played. As a teenager he received formal music instruction at the local community centre and later read for a diploma in music at the Lagos State University, later the Music Association of Nigeria (MUSON) and in 2010 got a scholarship to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts where he was admitted in the bass department but due to financial strain, Ola could not finish the course.
His return to South Africa has seen him divide his time between Johannesburg and Limpopo, establishing in these two cities a reputation as one of the most exciting jazz bass players to date.
He has performed, produced and recorded with several great musicians, both in Nigeria and abroad, musicians such as Biodun Batik, Chinaza, Dayo Kujore, Earl Klugh, Ekemode, Fatai Rolling Dollar, Jimmy Dludlu, Karen Patterson, Kome Harry, Nerak Patterson, Ntsiki, Orlando Julius, Steve Rhodes Orchestra, and The Golden Jazz band of Cameroun, Y.S Akinibosun and the Limpopo Youth Orchestra, amongst others.
Olamide has previously served as an instructor for the Limpopo Youth Orchestra, South Africa, where he conducted and directed music.
He currently divides his time as a part time instructor which sees him give classes in a college setting, has contributed to several recording sessions and is leader of the jazz quintet The NATIVES and occasionally appears as a sideman for a myriad of musicians.