MUSIC: TiLois - You Give Me Love

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Today, I would like to introduce another female gospel artiste to you.  Her name is TiLois.

Here is her biography courtesy of Xclusive Gospel:

My birth name is Oloruntobi Oluwakemi Amuda. I was born and raised in Kaduna with my parents. l’m the first of five children. I attended Command Children School Dantuku Kaduna and Federal Government College Malali Kaduna. I graduated from the University of Port Harcourt with a degree in Human Anatomy. I have always been a lover of music and I’ve been involved in a few church choirs. My first choir was when I was about 9 or slightly younger. I’m a Contemporary Christian/Inspirational artist. 

You Give Me Love is my first official single. I currently reside in Lagos.

And, the press release is reproduced below:

Oh, You're Black? No Teacher or Professor Will Ever Give You an "A"

Someone actually said this to me just before I started college here in the US.

He worked at Pizza Hut in the university town I would call home for the rest of my undergraduate life.  Unknown to me, the college I was enrolled in had a long, negative history of racial prejudice against black people.

So, he felt he needed to tell these "Africans" (I was with my family) the gospel truth.  He essentially discouraged us (my sister and I) from attending that college in particular.  Apart from the generally awful racial history, he told us (paraphrased):

"If you're black, no professor will give you an "A."  They don't give black people "As" in that school."

Now, I don't want to discount what he said and dismiss it casually.  I generally believe there is no smoke without fire, and that something must have happened either to him personally or to someone or some people he knew to make him arrive at that conclusion.

But, my own experience was very different.

4 Smells Your Nose Catches When You Hug People

Yes, I know your nose is not like a net that catches butterflies, and that title is not grammatically correct, but who cares? I wanted to paint a picture and .... *gasp* I think I just did :D

So, when you lean forward to hug people, regardless of what team you belong to (TeamiLoveHugs, TeamNoNearMe, TeamWhatever), you smell something.  Here are 4 somethings that fit the bill:

1. You Smell Their Hair:

I remember listening to a podcast a few years ago, and a Naija guy living in the US (yes, it was a Naija podcast) called in and complained that Naija women don't wash their hair (weaves, braids, etc) and he can tell when he leans in and hugs them because apparently, he is taller than most women.

MUSIC: Sammie Utsu - Anyinekelegi

One word to describe this song: Beautiful.  With the way the Nigerian gospel music industry has evolved in the last couple of years, a lot of artistes have capitalized on the contemporary worship genre, but not all of them get it right.

Sammie Utsu with his single, Anyinekelegi, gets it right, in my opinion.  It hit all the right notes instrumentally, arrangement-wise, vocally and in fact, pata-pata!  He took a familiar song and re-worked it and made it his own.

Can you tell that I love this song? I made it that obvious, huh? :-)  I still don't know what the Igbo lyrics mean, so please help me if you do.  Thanks in advance.

My only gripe with this song has nothing to do with the music; it has to do with the cover artwork. A song of this calibre deserves better cover artwork.  I think the picture is okay, but the typography needs a lot of work. It needs to be fixed pronto!

Having said that, here is the press release that came with the song:

MUSIC: Charly-C - Bended Knees Featuring Obiora Obiwon

Before this song, I had never heard of Charly-C, but after listening to this song, I'll remember him as the guy who did that collabo with Obiwon.  What collabo?  This song, Bended Knees of course!

Now, there's something you need to know before you listen to this song: although it is titled Bended Knees, they never actually say it (in English anyway) in the song.  I don't speak Igbo, but I am guessing they said Bended Knees in the Igbo lyrics.  Please listen and correct me if I'm wrong.

Either way, this is a collabo that works, and I'm pleased to share it with you guys.

Here is the press release that came with the song:

MUSIC: PCE Crew - Praising This God

PCE Crew, a Nigerian gospel group comprised of five gentlemen based in the DMV area (DC-Maryland-Virginia) released their Sophomore album titled Rewired last year.

A few months ago, they generously decided to make one more song  from that album available for free (the other free song was Nobody).  It's called Praising this God.

I own a copy of the Rewired album, and my personal favorites from that album are: Winna and Victorious.  But, I think Praising this God is a good song too.

Okay, I'll let the guys do the talking now: