Titilope Sonuga | Mother Tongue

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Mother Tongue

by Titilope Sonuga

The debut Spoken Word by Nigerian born, Edmonton based spoken word poet. A unique blend of spoken word and music.
Genre: Spoken Word: Poetry
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1. Intro
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2. Mama
1:31 album only
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3. My Mother's Music
1:30 album only
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4. Sacrifice
2:36 album only
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5. Icarus
3:19 album only
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6. From a Place
2:47 album only
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7. Beautiful
1:57 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Titilope is a Nigerian born spoken word poet. At age 13 she left Nigeria behind and found a new home over 6,000 miles away in Edmonton, Alberta. Her stories have been told on stages across Canada, tackling joy and sadness, fear and courage, heartbreak and ultimately love.

In 2008 Titilope obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and began work on several roadway construction projects in Edmonton. In 2009 she created Rouge Poetry, a weekly spoken word night in the heart of the City. The Breath In Poetry Collective was formed as an organic by-product of the night that unites poets and poetry lovers who continue to promote spoken word through live performances, school workshops and community outreach. Rouge Poetry became home to Edmonton's first poetry slam and home to the championship winning 2011 Edmonton Poetry Slam Team. Rouge Poetry is currently the only poetry slam series in the City of Edmonton.

In 2010, Titilope self-published a collection of her poems titled Down To Earth, which went on to win the Canadian Authors Association, Emerging Writer Award. A year later she spent the summer in Cape Town, South Africa under the mentorship of acclaimed dub-poet D'bi Young. On the shores of the continent that raised her she began to refine her voice as woman, performing in both Cape Town and Lagos in what she calls her spoken word homecoming.

In 2011 she was invited to perform at the first ever poetry showcase at the 2011 Achebe Colloquium on Africa, which included performances, by Sonia Sanchez, Jayne Cortez, Yusef Komunyakaa, Obiora Odechukwu, Bassey Ikpi, Twin Poets, Offiong Bassey and Chinua Achebe. In 2012 Titilope was selected as the winner in a poetry contest of over 200 applicants to meet acclaimed poet and activist Dr. Maya Angelou.

She will tell you it is simple; when your heart is cracked open and a multitude of words begin to leak from your chest, before you stain everything you dare to touch, put it in a poem.

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