People often say that wherever you go in the world and there is no love for music, you should immediately pack your bags and leave that town for good; that’s how powerful and influential music is.
Africa is certainly not left out as far as good music is concerned. Over the years we have had some wonderful music groups who have thrilled us endlessly within the Nigerian music space.
Here we look at those music groups that gave us joy in the last 10-20 years;
- Trybesmen: Hip hop in Nigeria won’t be complete without mentioning the dynamic rap group Trybesmen with Lanre Dabiri a.k.a EldeeThaDon as the group’s honcho. Other members of this famous group were Freestyle, Sasha P, KB, 2Shots, Kaboom, and T.K.O. Their first album was released in 1999, they were responsible for hits like Shake Bodi, Oya, Plenty Nonsense among others. They were also known as the Run DMC of Africa.
- Remedies: The Remedies were a pioneer Nigerian music group consisting of Eedris Abdulkarim, Eddy Remedy also known as Eddy Montana, and Tony Tetuila. The group was formed in 1997 and was responsible for hit tracks such as Shakomo, Belinda, Omoge, and others. The group broke up when Eedris decided he wanted to launch his solo career. Tony Tetuila also went on to release hit tracks too. The duo of Kenny Ogungbe and Dayo D1 Adeneye made this group very popular as they were signed to Kennis Music at the time.
- Plantashun Boiz: This music group needs no introduction, especially among Nigerian ladies. 2face, Faze, and Black Face make up this defunct group of talented Nigerian singers. They released two albums, Body and Soul (2000) and Sold Out (2003) before going their separate ways in 2004. The group, unfortunately, broke up with 2face going on to become a legend of contemporary RnB music in Nigeria.
- Maintain: The group Maintain consists of Tolu, Olu, and Big Bamo. The group became popular in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital. They were responsible for hit tracks like Catch Cold, Nibo La Wa Gbelo, Indian Music, Kowonje among others. The music industry fell in love with this crop of talented artists so much that the news of their breakup sent chills down the spines of many music lovers in Nigeria. After six albums between 1998 and 2004, the group split up after the exit of Olu in 2005 who went on a solo run with the name Olu Maintain.
- Mo’ Hits: The group at that time should have been christened Don Jazzy and Dbanj as they were the pioneers of that group. These long-term friends started this defunct record label. D’banj has 3 solo albums No Long Thing (2005), Rundown (2006), and Entertainer 2008). He also has one collaboration album with the other Mo’Hits The group broke up with Don Jazzy starting another group called the Mavins and Dbanj signing with Good Music with Kanye West. Dbanj unarguably had the best of times as a Nigerian music superstar judging by the number of hits he released while with Mo’ Hits.
- Styl Plus: Can we really forget about these three Abuja boys? I doubt it! Styl Plus consists of Shifi, Tunde, and Zeal. These guys did not only raise the roof, they raised the entire bar. With hit singles such as Olufunmi, Call My Name, and Runaway, they ran into the hearts of many Nigerians with their unique tunes. It was nothing we had seen before. They went on to release a full album titled Expressions. These guys were on another level in terms of lyrics and powerful emotional content. Every Funmi at the time suddenly became a priceless jewel, that was how powerful the Olufunmi hit single was at the time. I remember clearly the performance they had at the University of Lagos sports center, the concert was sold out as everyone wanted to be there that night. Students talked about the trio for days as the ladies couldn’t get enough of these guys. We will never forget!
Kindly drop comments below if you know other music groups in the last 10-20 years in the Nigerian music industry who no longer perform together.