I Recommend, You Listen: 5 Naija Gospel Songs to Power Your Week

Almost everyday, I receive emails from Nigerian gospel artistes, promoters, bloggers, etc sharing new music with me.  While I would love to tell you that every single song I listen to is awesome, uplifting and unforgettable (in a good way), that is not the case.

So, I have decided that in addition to sharing new releases with you, I will also compile a list of recommended, hand-selected songs for you to add to your music playlist. These songs will be uplifting, inspiring and encouraging to power your week.

Who doesn't want that? :-)

If you have any songs you would like to recommend, kindly send the relevant details (music file, i.e. mp3 or mp4, cover art and press release / biography) to music@therelentlessbuilder.com.

Here is the first set of recommended Nigerian gospel songs to power your week.

1. Bunibe - Obiora Obiwon

Released in September 2015, Bunibe is a "unique pop interpretation of the trendy highlife polyrhythmic sounds traceable to south-eastern Nigeria, Obiwon’s origin." Obiwon gives you different scenarios, everyday life experiences where you have to "bunibe" your way to victory.

According to Obiwon, Bunibe means "to lift," "to raise" and "to praise."

The song was produced by Phat-E.

21 Intriguing Questions for the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe

Do you remember that nursery rhyme about the old woman who lived in a shoe?

You don't?!

*shaking head in slow motion*

That is totally unacceptable!  And yes, I am judging you.  We have to rectify (chei, see grammar!) this before Christmas.

Before the month of November ends, you must re-learn this nursery rhyme by force.  No, you don't have a choice.  :-)

Here is the version most of us are familiar with, courtesy of Wikipedia:

DELIGHTFUL DUETS: Alagbada Ina - TY Bello and Msugh Anom

TY Bello

When TY Bello released her current album, The Morning SongBook on October 10, 2014 (10-10-2014), there were a couple of songs that I was immediately drawn to.

One of them was the 2nd track titled, Alagbada Ina.  From the moment I heard it, I knew it was just a matter of time before I would share it here.  So, here I am sharing it with you! :-)

Promise for the Week: Isaiah 62:3 (ESV)

MUSIC: FlamzNation - One Experience of You [Produced by Sola Soetan]

From Left to Right: Azubuike George Nkem, Olamibode Olaleye-Brown, Deborah "Debbie" Brown [Center], Fisayo Agbetunsin, Joseph "Joe" Tara [Songwriter / Band Leader]

Every now and then, you come across songs that make you pause, ponder and reflect.

That's what One Experience of You did for me.

Sure, it's not a gbao gbao, scatter dis place, shake bodi for Jesus kind of song.

No, this is clearly a worship song.

But that's not the only reason I'm sharing this here.

MUSIC: Nelly Viano - The Way You Do

Before I say anything, guess who produced this song?

No, not me!

Nelly Viano a.k.a NVBeatz, the artiste also doubled as the producer of this track.

Now, you'll have to listen to assess it for yourself.  :-)

Here is the artiste's bio and the other details he shared alongside this release:

6 Jigidem Igbo Gospel Songs You Should Listen To

If you are even a casual or occasional listener of Nigerian gospel music, you'll notice that some songs share the exact same title.

One of such recurring song titles is Jigidem, which in Igbo means "Hold me" or "Uphold me."

I started compiling this list about two years ago (can you believe it?) and yet I have just 6 songs to share today.  Honestly, I would have loved a much longer list, but it's just these 6 songs for now.

In no particular order, here are six songs titled "Jigidem" rendered almost entirely in Igbo:

  1. Numen - Jigidem
  2. 6 Team - Jigidem Aka (Hold my hands)
  3. Axios Choir - Jigidem
  4. Brother Emmanuel and Brother Lazarus (Voice of the Cross) - Jigidem Onye Nwem
  5. Uchay Davis - Jigidem
  6. Winny A1 - Jigidem

And now, the fun part: listen to each song.  Enjoy!