The late Avicii’s first posthumous track will be released on Wednesday (10.04.19).
The Swedish DJ whose real name was Tim Bergling died by suspected suicide in Muscat, Oman in April last year, at the age of 28 and his family is now set to release a 16-track album of previously unheard material in June.
The album ‘Tim’ will be preceded by a track ‘SOS’, which is set to drop on Wednesday and features vocals by soul singer Aloe Blacc.
A message from his representatives stated: “He left behind a collection of nearly finished songs, along with notes, email conversations and text messages about the music. The songwriters that Tim was collaborating with on this album have continued the process to get as close to his vision as possible. “Since Tim’s passing, the family decided not to keep the music locked away instead they wanted to share it with his fans all around the world.”
Coldplay’s Chris Martin who previously worked with Bergling will sing on a song named ‘Heaven’.
Net proceeds from the album will benefit the Tim Bergling Foundation, which has been set up by his family to help those struggling with mental illness and also to support the prevention of suicide.
His family said in a statement: “Tim wanted to make a difference. Starting a foundation in his name is our way to honor his memory and continue to act in his spirit.”
At the end of April 2018, Avicii’s family released a statement which seemingly confirmed the star had taken his own life.
It read: “Stockholm, 26 April 2018. Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions. An over-achieving perfectionist who traveled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress. When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most – music. He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace. Tim was not made for the business machine he found himself in; he was a sensitive guy who loved his fans but shunned the spotlight. Tim, you will forever be loved and sadly missed. The person you were and your music will keep your memory alive. We love you, Your family.”
At the age of 16, Avicii began posting his remixes on electronic music forums, which led to his first record deal. He rose to prominence in 2011 with his single “Levels”. Begore his untimely death in 2018, the hitmaker had retired from touring in 2016 due to health problems, having suffered stress and poor mental health for several years.
This past week has seen Kenyan artists release new jams left, right and center. From rapper Femi One who is back with a new single titled ‘Hiyo One’ to ‘Hakuna Kulala’ by Brown Mauzo ft Naiboi as well as a comeback titled ‘Kipopo’ by hitmaker Timmy Tdat who has been missing in action alongside Tanzanian Rosa Ree.
HAKUNA KULALA BY BROWN MAUZO FT NAIBOI
R&B Kenyan sensation Brown Mauzo is back with another hit following the release of ‘Mawazo’ a month ago.
The singer’s new project is titled ‘Hakuna Kulala’ in which he has tapped highflying 2 in 1 singer Naiboi to make the song a definite hit.
In ‘Hakuna Kulala’ (Swahili for no sleeping), the two music acts sing the praises of a lover who keeps them awake all night. ‘Hakuna Kulala’ is getting rave reviews from music lovers on YouTube who have been appreciating the effort Kenyan music acts are putting to raise the standards in the industry.
KIPOPO BY TIMMY TDAT FT ROSA REE
Kenyan artist Timmy Tdat is back after a brief hiatus with a new jam alongside Tanzanian singing sensation Rosa Ree.
The Kenyan hitmaker and the TZ femcee have combined to deliver a new banger titled ‘Kipopo’. The banger serves as Timmy’s first release to feature an artist outside of the 254 borders.
Tanzanian Rosa Ree does not disappoint as she brings her A game as the hard-hitting bad girl we’ve always known her to be. I also dare say that she outshines Timmy in his own song. ‘Kipopo’ is produced by Hamado while the video is directed by Enos Olik. It was shot on location at Ngong Hills Wind Farm and Alchemist Club Nairobi.
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