In a chat with Saturday Beats, Popular Nigeria dancehall singer, Timaya who has been keeping his beard for the past five years he would it shave off for any reason, except if he was offered $100m (about N36bn).
The self-acclaimed Egberi Papa 1 of Bayelsa said;
“Maybe $100m would make me shave off my beard. Other than that, I won’t shave it off until I feel like it’s time. I have been keeping the beard for about five years.
“When I cut the dreadlocks some years back, I felt it was necessary at the time. It represented where my mind was at, at that time. It’s also rather important to keep reinventing (yourself), to stay relevant.”
Going further, the singer spoke about being a single father and balancing it with headlining shows around the world.
“My children mean the world to me so making out time to be with them, teaching them and watching them grow, is a priority for me. I don’t joke with that. My happiest days on earth would be the birthdays of all my children.”
Timaya who has been doing well in the music industry for over twelve years stated that he has had no intention of venturing into acting just like some of his colleagues did.
He also stated that he had no plans to quit music as only death would separate him from singing.
“Right now, I have no interest in featuring in movies, but who knows. I’m going to be making music for as long as I live. To be honest, it hasn’t crossed my mind to ever quit music because it is not a second option for me, so whatever challenges I face, I always find a way to get past them.
“If I was not a singer maybe I’d be working in a bank and that was what my dad wanted me to do. I’d probably have been miserable at it as I can’t imagine doing anything other than music, to be honest,” he said.
Basking in the success of his new project, Chulo Vibes, the singer said,
“It has been amazing so far and I am very happy about the positive feedback I have been getting. Chulo Vibes is my first project in five years. I’m happy about the reception and the progress so far. I have remained relevant in this industry for over a decade because it is important to keep reinventing oneself.
“I feel like as an entertainer you should never make your fans get bored with your music, your performances, and so on. You must always give them a way to stay excited about your brand, your music, performances, everything. Also, music, just like everything, changes. I’m always listening to new sounds and learning about new shifts and ways to keep my music relevant,” he added