Inspirational Gospel Artiste, Tessy Aniesi just released two hit singles that narrate her experiences in different seasons of her life.
She titles the first song “Jah”.
The song “Jah” recounts how the Lord saved her when she found herself in a boat almost overtaken by a storm.
She explains that her survival was a miracle.
While she titles the other song “Mbaana”. “Mbaana” is the highest form of Gratitude in an Indigenous Dialect of Anam People, of Anambra West in Anambra State–West Africa.
She was inspired to sing Mbaana to express the deep feeling of my gratitude towards the people that have helped her in all endeavors of life.
Read About the Story Behind the Song "Jah"
JAH Story By TESSY ANIESI.
For long, I have not gathered the courage to tell this story but now music has given me energy/strength to and here is it:
I everyday remember a sticky situation, the Eldest Daughter of my Dad; that’s my Big Sister Ukamaka and I, were involved in.
I was a child and went for holidays in her marital home, they lived in a farm settlement called: “Okpa-Umuikwu Anam”.As farmers facing annual flood menace, Anam people use Canoes for transportation of their farm products as well as means to run errands, during flood season.
So on that unforgettable day, two of us were paddling canoe to crossover to Asaba through the grown River Niger, it was still when we set out but, wind came, the wave and the storm of River Niger started when we were already in the middle of the river.
Unexpectedly, a ship which we didn’t see coming before we set out, was very close to us. We were battling the storm and now the ship is against us, and the storm from the angry river was roaring to blind any sight that may aid safety, the pilot could not see us. The people at the river bank where we left said, they have already concluded we were gone beneath the water.
So in that close range, I closed my eyes and stopped paddling. My sister said she did the same, only held on strongly on the boat as the storm was throwing us up and down deep the valley of the wave.
May be it’s a human or spirit that signaled or inspired the pilot to make an altercation with the ship’s direction, this altercation saved us from going under the propeller of the ship and we happened not to be buried in the sea, but it threw us up, we flew and landed in the valley formed by the storm but not buried in the sea in that sticky situation.
How we came out, I don’t know.
This makes me shiver at every thought of it and that’s why I say, its only The Most High God (Jah) that did it. And if he could do this, definitely, HE WILL NEVER LET ME DOWN in any situation, nor will He let “YOU” down, Yes You.
Read About the Story Behind the Song "Mbaana"
MBAANA By TESSY ANIESI
Mbaana is the highest form of Gratitude in an Indigenous Dialect of Anam People, of Anambra West in Anambra State – West Africa.
I was inspired to sing Mbaana as a way to express the deep feeling of my gratitude towards the people that have helped me in all endeavors of life.
My growing up, ventures, aspirations, enterprises was never matched with a befitting provision to carry out the mission but People always come through for me.
Where others may thread unsuccessfully, even though I had a very tough time growing up, things that were meant to break me, I see someone come through to the rescue, and I will succeed.
This song is also a kind of teaching at the same time. The teaching in there is that, most of us always thank God for everything which is right, but in our career contents especially gospel musicians,we so much neglect to appreciate the Vessels God used in bringing our prayers to materialize.
By Thanking the People for what they did which are good, we automatically are glorifying the Invisible God who enabled them to do that.
That is why If you listen to the song Mbaana, You will find out the blend of this expression in English, Central Igbo and landed in Anam Deep Dialect, You see I appreciated the people who help destinies, on the add-lips, I praised God and asked Him to bless these helpers….and towards the end, all glory was returned to the Most High God through and through, in the space of “Principal (God) of principalities (gods/men).
Mbaana is the only expression greater and deeper than THANKS.
If someone does something great for you and you feel Thanks is not enough, tell the person MBAANA.