If there is a glass ceiling that put Timaya’s career and appeal at risk based on his look, that ceiling has shattered. What’s left is for him to go past the ceiling of his music.
Change is a constant, a dynamic of life that comes, irrespective of what you do. You change, or the world around you changes. It’s a slow process, often manifesting in little ways, until it snowballs into one big punch or event that leaves everyone aware of what has gone down. You don’t become the best footballer by training for a day. Neither do you build a loyal fan base by recording just a song. You have to keep a process and a method going, unless you can magically buy numbers to deceive everyone but yourself.
Over the past three years, Timaya has undergone, little and often subtle changes. First, he tweaked his appearance; He no longer spots the dreadlocks, but has a stylish haircut, complete with a curly top on his pate, and a side-parting that runs suavely. His attire is completely of a higher fashion now, a tremendous leap forward for a singer who was very well vested in stereotypical pop culture attires and blings. Quietly, Timaya cleaned up his image.