Special thanks to "Mistah X," the Anonymous Nigerian cabbie from Chicago who put me up on Timaya during our ride back from dinner at 1 North...
So me and my parents are on our way back from 1 North, at UBS Tower in Chicago last Tuesday night, and the Nigerian cabbie - there are quite a few African cabbies in Chicago, by the way - is rocking some badass-sounding reggae in the cab. When we got back to the hotel, I popped by head through the divider and asked him who it was.
He just starts beaming. "Is from Nigeria - Timaya."
I thanked him and gave him an extra tip. Then I went to the hospitality suite, started drinking Goose Island Ale and totally forgot all about it until the next morning. So I guess it's thanks to the cabbie AND to Google, who took my mangling attempt, "Tembaya" and figured out I meant "Timaya." Not only did it come up with his two latest albums, but I copped 'em BOTH for less than sixteen bucks!
The tracks range from slightly run-of-the-mill reggae to high African-harmony dancehall, with just the right dashes of Auto-Tune thrown in. Real good stuff. I highly recommend it, especially from MyAfricanBargains.com, where I snatched 'em both up on the cheap.