Boy groups, boy bands, girl cliques, duos, trios whatever you call them have always been a visible component of the music scene and will always be. They come and they go; some we wished they stayed, others we were grateful they sped off before we noticed their arrival.
Music groups used to be the easiest route to break into the industry; I mean, some wack artistes camouflaged under the genius of other members–just nodding and doing ad-libs where necessary. They basically ride on the lyricism and vocal dexterity of others to hit stardom, and when sh– hits the fan and the group goes into several directions (word to the UK boyband), the weak links drop off the earth.
Where are NSYNC members, though?
The Nigerian scene is no different. But there are Nigerian duos, trios, groups we would love to have back for…one more time! They really were so hot we wanted them to stay forever (ok, maybe not forever).
Here are 9 Nigerian groups we would pay our last kobo to see together…again:
2Face, BlackFace and Faze. Innocent Idibia, Ahmedu Obiabo, Chibuzor Oji came on the music scene in 2000 with a bang! Their Nelson Brown-produced ‘Body & Soul’ album marked their presence. They went on to release their 2003 sophomore album- ‘Sold Out’- on Dove Records. Their chemistry recorded hits like ‘You & I’, ‘Don’t You Know’, ‘One & Only’. Their stay wasn’t long as they broke up in 2004; briefly uniting for the T-Joe ‘Plan B’ album in 2007. They blended Reggae, dancehall, Pop and R&B so well in their discography.
Don’t You Know
One & Only
The first time I heard Styl Plus was on NTA’s AM Express way back in 2003. The Abuja boys broke their way into the Nigerian mainstream with ‘Olufunmi’, ‘Runaway’, ‘Call My Name’, ‘Iya Basira’, ‘Drives Me Crazy’. Shifi, Tunde and Zeal had one hell of a run backed by Sunky, T-Jazz. The R&B boyband was the toast of the town (and ladies, too). With their hiatus and Tunde gone, it’s not been the same.
Junior & Pretty
You remember ‘Bolanle’?
The Hip-Hop pioneers set one foot for the MIs, Olamides, Phyno to have their stay. Their pidgin infusion into their music marked something different in Nigeria. It’s sad ‘Pretty’ had to leave–RIP Okechukwu Azike!
When Eedris Abdulkareem dissed Plantashun Boiz on ‘Wackawikee MCs’, it was ironic coming from an artiste whose group evolved from ‘Remedies’ to ‘Remedy’ following the departure of Tony Tetuila. The group, too, pioneered Hip-Hop in Nigeria–with Eddie Montana giving the leadership on the Kennis Music label. The group released ‘Shako Mo’, ‘Shade’, ‘Jealousy’.
Now, this was a group everyone loved and wants back!!! Olu and Tolu Maintain. The Ibadan boys whose Comedy Rap or what some critics will tag Parody Music really brought the house down with their music. From ‘Ni Bo La Wa’ to ‘Alo’ to Big Bamo’s Roger Troutman impression on the Cobhams-produced ‘Catch Cold’ to ‘Maintain In India’. Before there was a hypeman like Don Jazzy, Big Bamo of XL House made it pop.
They gave us ‘Shake Bodi’ way before Skales conceived the idea for a Soukous-mix. These guys were dope! They made Rap accessible to the average music listener. eLDee, Freestyle and KB (KaBoom). These guys made it! They had it! Dare Art Alade (Darey) will testify (cue ‘Young Man’). 2Face will acknowledge- Check ‘Ole’.
Before Lara Bajomo became Lara George. Toyin Shokefun became TY Bello. Emem Ema delved into artiste management. Dapo Torimiro went on to producing for US artistes. This Urban Gospel group lit up the airwaves with their debut and only album ‘The Experience’. I remember my brother forcing me to buy that 2003 project…after I destroyed his while listening.
Olori Oko. Aye Ole. Only Praise. Kore left. David left. Rewind that! When Gospel artistes busied with who-is-in-the-garden-or-inside-my-daddy-in-the-Lord’s-church-cos-we-only-bother-about-lyrics-and-not-presentation-so-manage-this-crappy-video norm, this group had a video with special effects, and worth the viewing while. They just couldn’t live up to their name–couldn’t stay till infinity?
Mode 9. Terry tha Rapman. Ruleclean. Mista Baron. Sixfoot Plus. El dee XL. OverDose. Those names had Boom Bap and what is erroneously called ‘Underground Rap’ on lock.
Spazmodic- Terry tha Rapman feat. Mode 9
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So, who else would you love to bring back? Boyband? Girl Groups? Duos? Trios? Quartets?
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