Nigerian singer Timi Dakolo has wasted no time in getting his new recording deal with Virgin EMI off to a flying start. The Idols West Africa alumnus has announced the release of his Christmas-themed song which is set for release today.
Titled Merry Christmas Darling, Timi Dakolo worked on the highly anticipated song with British singer and songwriter, Emeli Sande. Sande is popular for her 2012 hit – Beneath your beautiful – with English rapper and producer, Labrinth.
The singer took to his official Twitter page to make the announcement.
— Timi Dakolo (@timidakolo) November 7, 2019
In addition, Dakolo who won the inaugural season of Idols West Africa in 2007; has also announced the release of a new album.
The album is set for release on Friday, November 22nd 2019. Equally important, the album bears the same title as his new single – Merry Christmas Darling. The album will be released under the imprint of his new label – Virgin EMI Records.
Further, he disclosed this on micro-blogging site Twitter.
It’s Finally Here!!! My new album “Merry Christmas Darling” is coming Out November 22nd, and My album titled Single featuring Emeli Sande is out this Friday 8th November. Powered by @virginemi universalmusicgroup https://t.co/U3wy8gzn7M
— Timi Dakolo (@timidakolo) November 5, 2019
Meanwhile, an excited Emeli Sande has also taken to Twitter to express her excitement with working with Timi Dakolo.
Deal with Virgin EMI marks new dawn for Timi Dakolo
Emeli Sande, who holds the UK National honour of MBE, hailed the singing prowess of the talented Dakolo. Born of an English mother and Zambian father, Emeli Sande is also signed to Virgin EMI Records.
She rose to prominence after being a featured artist on the 2009 Chipmunk track “Diamond Rings”. It was their first top 10 single on the UK Singles Chart. Equally important, Timi Dakolo’s new single was produced by 16-time Grammy Award winner, Humberto Gatica.
Gatica, a Chilean-born American record producer, music mixer, audio engineer is a long-time collaborator with producer David Foster.
So excited to announce the release of "Merry Christmas Darling" tomorrow with the wonderful @timidakolo… I had such a great time working with you bro! Thank you Humberto Gatica for an awesome time in the studio, its a great honour to work with you!…now let it snow!! pic.twitter.com/z6Wl5dDX54
— Emeli Sande (@emelisande) November 7, 2019
Indeed, the deal with Virgin EMI marks a new dawn for Timi Dakolo; a talented singer who captured the imagination of the Nigerian audience with his sonorous voice.