A Special Tribute to A Loving Father: Timi Dakolo & Rilwan – Cry For You – Dedicated to Mazi Okpaleke

The loss of a parent is one of the most painful things to experience. They raise and nurture us and our prayer is that they live long and experience beautiful moments with us. Perhaps playing with their grandchildren or being there for your graduation.
Sadly its not always picture perfect but we are grateful for a life well spent.
Madonna Okpaleke recently lost her dad and her brothers have found a unique way to pay tribute to their father – Late Mazi Julian Okpaleke.

The song is a joint effort of Elvis and Charles Okpaleke who instigated the idea of conjuring a song in remembrance of their father who was such a music lover. Timi Dakolo is close friends with Charles opted to make the song and recommended that Cobhams produce it. Rilwan, rapper and close friend of the family got on board when he heard the concept of the song and decided to grace it with his delicate rap words.
The song is evidence of what it feels like to lose someone so close to your heart.

Timi Dakolo and Rilwan recorded the song which is entitled “Cry For You” and was produced by Cobhams.
It is a powerfully moving yet soothing song. We pray that all those who have experienced loss find peace and are assured with the knowledge that their loved ones are in a better place.

62 Comments on A Special Tribute to A Loving Father: Timi Dakolo & Rilwan – Cry For You – Dedicated to Mazi Okpaleke
  • BIBII August 27, 2010 at 1:34 am


  • shade August 27, 2010 at 2:43 am

    Eya.. Beautiful song. May his soul rest in peace.

  • oluchi August 27, 2010 at 6:00 am


  • Chris August 27, 2010 at 6:26 am

    Not that bad….


  • t-girl August 27, 2010 at 8:10 am

    i think this is such a lovely song and yeah, im surprised that there are few comments

  • Otoks August 27, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Hmm. God bless my dad forever. may his soul n that of all faithfuls departed continue to enjoy repose till we meet to part no more.

  • Aibee August 27, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Hey Bella, cant listen to the song cos ‘file not found’. Please help me.Wanna hear the song. Pleeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaasssssssseeeeeeeeee.

  • Dr Dee August 27, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Beautiful song. Timi, the world anxiously awaits your album!

  • Pinky August 27, 2010 at 9:02 am

    May his soul rest in peace… The song is very moving….

  • Ogo August 27, 2010 at 9:09 am

    This is sooo cool!!! Sorry for ur loss, Okpalekes!!

  • Ogo August 27, 2010 at 9:17 am

    I keep playin dis song and tears r running down my eyes!! Gosh!! i havent lost anyone but feels like i have!!! i love u timit and thanks alot for this song!!! GOSH!!

  • alice August 27, 2010 at 9:34 am

    lost my mum recently so so so sad

    • O.D August 27, 2010 at 10:48 am

      This is great…we need more songs like this to show appreciation of life…timi nice one…rilwan…real smooth

  • tunde August 27, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Lovely rap! Who’s this Rilwan dude? He’s with PLAY records rit? Kai bad ass combination men! Timi and Rilwan this song doesn’t sound like is nigerian! Good job

  • swaybay August 27, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Heard d song really gd song.song is dench lost some1 close so it made a lot of sense.big ups to timi and rilwan 4 dis.

  • felicia Akubue August 27, 2010 at 11:19 am

    This is a really moving song. Its the type of song you wanna play over and over again. Maddy, God be with you and yours.

  • bugo August 27, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Song has bn on replay since I got the link yesterday!!!beautiful track!Daddy Okpaleke,may you continue to rest in peace and may the wonderful family you left behind find every moment of your life worth celebrating!!!God bless Timi&Rilwan,God bless the Okpalekes,God bless all of us…Amen..xx

  • uzo August 27, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    this song is so deep, i love it.

  • Hardeytholar Hardeymeora. August 27, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    pls ow can i download this MUSIC i rily LOVE it cos i JUST LOST my AUNTY. ND WOULD LOVE TO PLAY IT @ HER FUNERAL.

  • saddeyya August 27, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    nice comment people… wonderful song. If n wen eva Timi releases his album, ill def buy a lot of it. i love d guy (musically)…

  • Peperempe August 27, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    I knew Elvis when i was in Abuja and attended school with his sister Helga and brother Charles. It’s really sad to hear that they lost their dad, particularly hearing it like this for the first time.

    I wish them all the best as they mourn their loss, the song is very moving.

  • Anuola August 27, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Beautiful. Just Beautiful.

  • judy August 27, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    i love this song. can’t stop listenin to it

  • Ikenna Okafor August 27, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    I love this song and was almost in tears while listening to it. I attended high school with Helga and its so sad hearing the loss of your dad whom you loved so much and was no doubt a role model. I pray God grant you all the heart to bear the loss. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace. AMEN!!!

  • Amaka August 27, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    THIS IS SO NICE! To a beloved uncle, we miss you so much. Timi and Rilwan God bless you , I can’t stop listening to the song.

  • Glory edozien August 28, 2010 at 8:26 am

    LOVE THIS SONG! Lyrics,vocals and production top notch. Fitting tribute for a great man, husband and father!.

    Helga and Madonna….keep your heads up babes…love u guys!!

  • odi August 28, 2010 at 9:22 am

    May his soul rest in perfect peace. News of his death was such a shock to me.

  • Bee August 28, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Hey Madonna, sorry for ur loss oh. My condolences to u and ur family

  • the truth August 28, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    this is a great song…full of remorse and heart felt emotion…nice work timi and rilwan…splendid

  • double B August 28, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    rilwaaannn……i see you…this is a great effort..and timi’s voice is heaven sent

  • Ify O August 30, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Awesome!!! Timi you rock big time…U are “IT”

  • Tega August 30, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Rilwan, mayne this is nice! little steps

  • Lohi August 30, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Amazing song! May the soul of the departed RIP…

  • jolie August 30, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    so so sad!!!!!!!!!!!! may his soul REST IN PEACE God bless ur family @ivorymanilov

  • hill September 1, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Wow!dis is a hot new single!

  • Franky September 4, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Very nice Jam! Great honour for a Great Man.

  • ifeoma September 5, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    very touching, Rilwan is one to watch out for!

  • sam September 5, 2010 at 8:59 pm


  • sexy hot mama September 5, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Wow, this is a very deep song. I love eet!

  • khloe September 5, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Wow, just seeing this. I can hear the grief in the song. Sigh.

  • Adekunle September 5, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Been waiting for a deep song like this to come out for a while now… Nice job!

  • SexyGeek September 5, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Lovely song!!! we need more of this in the naija music scene.

  • Tayo September 5, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    I have this song on replay!

  • ben September 5, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Beautiful dedication…. Very beautiful.

  • jessica September 5, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Finally got this song on my ipod today, can someone say REPLAY??!!!

  • Halima September 5, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Lovely, lovely, lovely song!

  • Femi September 5, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    thats a jam right there..

  • emeka September 5, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    very deep. I love it mehn.

  • chinedum September 5, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Gone too soon. Nice job rilwan.

  • bukky September 5, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    SIGH… this right here is music.

  • borede September 5, 2010 at 9:08 pm


  • borede September 5, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    love it!

  • james September 5, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Thumbs up to the two artistes.

  • Lisa September 5, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    this is good music,

  • mami September 5, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    all i can say is WOW! good music.

  • scott September 5, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Very very good job guys. I’m proud.

  • Phury September 7, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Rest in peace Dad.

  • afr:stract! September 24, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    …beautiful song. I knew the man..and it’s hard not to cry after listening to this. Mazi, we’ll see you when we get there.

  • bcgeorge October 18, 2010 at 10:37 am

    so so soulful….timi can song sing…lolss..alwys on repeat wen i jst feel lyk crying fr woteva…amazing therapeutic effect it gives..cry sumtyms y’all

  • danny July 20, 2011 at 11:20 am

    au do i get to download diz song cos i too lost a darling father,i mean one in a millions,if i had to choose ova and ova,hmmmmmmmmmmmm! i will alwayz choose you daddy,tankz to yu timi and partner,please au do i get to download and also wud love to meet you to sing plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz,i think i love singing but nid a motivator like yu guyz ,plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Anthony June 29, 2012 at 3:44 am

    A great song indeed,pls TIMI, can I get the lyrics of this song

  • bayo August 28, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    A song I listen to when I miss my wondeful bro who left us 28/8/2008.its a reminder of how great he was like mazi julian okpaleke. Today makes it 4 years rest in peace IBRAHIM OLADAPO MAJEKODUNMI.

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