Recognized by Tidal and Audiomack as one of Africa’s promising artists this year, Tim Lyre, a pioneering afro-fusion artist, introduces his latest EP, MASTA, released through the record label Outer South based in London and Johannesburg. His new release follows his acclaimed March 2022 debut album, Worry <, which swiftly earned cult-classic status within the alté community.
MASTA, born from inspiration in both his hometown of Lagos and adopted home in London, is a kaleidoscopic musical endeavor showcasing his versatility across genres such as hip-hop, dancehall, amapiano, R&B, and Afrobeats, all viewed through his afro-futurist lens. With a departure from traditional themes and meticulous attention to every futuristic sound element, the project serves as a refreshing testament to Tim’s unwavering dedication to artistic exploration. The EP features collaborations with talented artists like Tay Iwar, Minz, Khanyisa, and Jords, creating an enchanting and sage-like atmosphere through skillful songwriting.
Since their release, lead singles Chasing Wind and Confess have amassed over one million streams, receiving support from various platforms, including TRACE Africa, MTV Base, BBC Radio 1Xtra, SoundCity, Cool FM and The Beat. The following single, Tighter, featuring Minz and produced by long-time collaborator DaRe is a sultry Afrobeats track exploring themes of sensuality and love. The fourth single, Why Evils, featuring Tay Iwar, is a reflective piece destined to become an afro-fusion classic, recorded in the heart of south London. In Tim’s words, “I hope you can be free of all evils, let this be a singular moment of peace.”
Accompanying the full project release on November 15th is the focus track MASTA, an assertive anthem blending amapiano and dancehall, featuring Jords with south London patois stylings. Produced by Tim and Code6, the track pays homage to Jamaica, South Africa, and Lagos, encapsulating the unique blend that only London could produce.
Production credits for the project go to Ronehi, DaRe, Code6, and heavily involve Tim himself, with mixing by Sam Harper and mastering by The Carvery Studios in London, known for their work with artists like Wizkid, Stormzy, Jhus, NSG, and Sute Iwar. Tim Lyre shares a parting message, encouraging self-assurance, confidence, and overall self-improvement, looking forward to witnessing the greatest version of his audience.