TY Bello is not new to us. Undoubtedly, she has consistently been a force of unity in the music ministry of the Nigerian church. In the last few years, her collaborations have cut across denominations, tribes and what have you. Remember the classic ‘Logan ti o de’ with Tope Alabi, and other works with ministers like Nathaniel Bassey, Dunsin Oyekan, Tomi Favored, Chingtok Ishaku, Nosa, Sinach, Folabi Nuel, and a host of others.
She had recently celebrated her 44th birthday, and this particular one was sandwiched in an album release; audios first, then live videos, later in ones and twos.
In not many words, I’d like to share my thoughts on the album, titled ‘We are Fire’
It looks a lot like the Maverick City setting, (the Maverick City is a group of worship leaders ‘singing old hallelujahs with a new melody’, if you know what I mean) and this is in the sense of different worship leaders coming together on an album.
Two or three people leading one song.
Staying on as backup for each other.
The expression in the room…
It’s beautiful and it’s alright to emulate a good thing.
The Worship Leaders
I have loved Nosa and Folabi Nuel before now, and in this fresh body of work, I am not disappointed. TY Bello has always had this indigenous touch to her work, and it looks like she had carefully (or prayerfully) selected those who will conveniently swim in that river. Sinmidele gives so much life to her ‘Amen Amen’, and the ensuing prophetic words also just come flowing in at the right time. Greatman Takit’s rendition of ‘Fire Fire’ is a good blend of spirit and skill. If you have not listened or watched on YouTube, I think you should.TY Bello has always had this indigenous touch to her work, and it looks like she had carefully (or prayerfully) selected those who will conveniently swim in that river, in this album Click To Tweet
The ‘we are fire’ album is a classic example of one that carries the essence of its title. When you are done listening, you would have had a touch of an awakening, or a consciousness of it, the latter being the case with me.The ‘we are fire’ album is a classic example of one that carries the essence of its title. When you are done listening, you would have had a touch of an awakening, or a consciousness of it, the latter being the case with me. Click To Tweet
For quite a number of gospel albums, the title just seems like something that had been pulled out of a cliché, or that had been named out of a necessity – I mean, ‘who releases a nameless album?’ Some others are named after a particular song in the list, which is not a bad thing also, only that in this particular album, every song in the lineup points towards the title.
There is this sanity in the room, the kind that comes from an understanding of what’s going on. Each song is accompanied by the perfect worship response, and a perfect blend of instrumentation.
I guess this is where I’m expected to talk about the ‘oopses’ of the album, but I must say that from me to TY Bello and this team of geniuses, it’s all kudos.