Rising Afro-fusion artist Tim Lyre drops his new 8-track EP, ‘MASTA’ via London and Johannesburg-based label Outer South. The project perfectly blends genres, skipping between Hip-hop, Dancehall, Amapiano, R&B, and Afrobeats. Tim has enlisted an eclectic international roster, including South African singer Khanyisa alongside Nigerian singers Tay Iwar and Minz. On the high-energy lead single, ‘MASTA’, Tim recruited Croyden-bred rapper Jords for a memorable verse on a braggadocious, self-assured anthem. Produced by Tim and Code6, ‘MASTA’ is a unique fusion of Amapiano and Dancehall, providing the perfect backdrop for both artists to go back to back.
Tim Lyre has been making music from a young age, trained in classical piano; he also plays the Guitar, Organ, and Bass. He is best known for his acclaimed debut album ‘Worry < (pronounced ‘worry less’), released in March of 2022, a project that instantly cemented itself as a cult classic in the Alté scene. His music always showcases his profound versatility, taking in elements of Hip-hop, Dancehall, Amapiano, R&B, and Afrobeats through his afro-futurist gaze.
Tim’s forthcoming EP ‘MASTA’ was created between his hometown of Lagos and his acquired home in London. ‘Chasing Wind’, ‘Confess’, ‘Tighter’ and ‘Why Evils’ taken from the project have developed an appetite for more music and garnered support from COLORS, MTV Base, BBC Radio 1Xtra, Rinse FM, Reprezent, and The Beat amongst others. So far in his musical journey, Tim has collaborated with Prettyboy DO, Lex Amor, MOJO AF, and Lady Donli, with Tay Iwar, Minz, Khanyisa, and UK rapper Jords now joining him on ‘MASTA’ and this evolving collaborative list.
Tim’s music has become synonymous with positivity and mindfulness, and he expresses himself openly, bending language into new and vibrant shapes. He is all about good vibes and making music accessible for lovers of all genres, and he has spent the last year travelling the world and making genreless songs that transcend borders. The multi-instrumentalist, singer, rapper, and producer has been tipped by Tidal and Audiomack this year as one of Africa’s artists to watch; so far this year, he has shown his versatility, flourishing in whatever sonic space he is given. On ‘MASTA’ he is offering an uptempo and feel-good project that will evoke many emotions. The music over the last few months has been extremely well received, and Tim is excited to share ‘MASTA’ with the world finally.
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