A music band is like marriage. Sometimes it works and flows in the right direction. Other times it doesn’t seem to cut it or work.
Marriages can pass or stand the test of time depending on the individuals involved and management irrespective of shortcomings and differences. It could equally or sometimes end in divorce if not handled properly. However, music bands/groups are likened to marriage.
The thing about bands is that they rely on their members getting along with each other but once the bond is broken and cracks begin to show that they can’t handle it, break up is always inevitable.
Different music groups have had a lot of impacts and significance in the development of Nigeria’s music industry, however, fractures between individuals from famous groups have prompted bitterness that leads to the separation.
How Much We Would Love to See the Reunion of some great musical group in Nigeria that over the time have been disintegrated Happen is a big question that would be on our lips.
Fans can always have something to say, they can always hope too. It’s hard to imagine taking a tour for a reunion or settling your favorite group to come together once again, but actually, it’s not impossible. As individuals, we might have our reasons for hoping to bring them back after going on their separate ways. It could be for the love of the group or to get back together to do one of those ‘sounds like you used to like and all that. Whichever reasons, I think it feels cool seeing them back recreating their old glory in another dimension, this time better and bigger.
Three defunct bands, we would most like to see reunite in Nigeria music industry once again
If starting a band with a stranger seems cool, imagine when a pair of twins (blood) launch a music career together as a band with great music recipes. I think personally, the joy and understanding would be there as a family.
The duo of twins Peter and Paul Okoye will always be mentioned in the Nigerian music history books. P-Square started in 2001.
Without mincing words, this group has contributed a lot to the Nigerian music industry. They have been one of my favorite groups if not the best. I grew up listening and playing their music and also their dance steps which tends to find root to the G.O.A.T, Michael Jackson.
While continuing to work together as brothers, sometimes back cracks began to show. It led to their first break up In 2016.
Peter, Paul and their elder brother, Jude who was their manager broke up temporarily.
In an interview with Nigerian newspaper Premium Times Peter said the group would have broken up two years earlier, just before the release of their last studio album, Double Trouble.
According to him;
“FOUR YEARS AGO, I TOLD JUDE THAT HE NEEDED TO STEP DOWN AS OUR MANAGER BECAUSE I DIDN’T WANT TO DISRESPECT HIM AS A BROTHER, BUT THIS IS BUSINESS; WE HAVE TO STRUCTURE IT,” HE SAID. “SO, A FEW HOURS AFTER THAT, PAUL CAME TO ME AND SAID IF I WANTED TO STEP DOWN IT WASN’T A PROBLEM, BUT IT MEANT THAT HE [PAUL] WOULD GO SOLO.”
The issue was resolved and then came back together after P-Square reconciled after five weeks of being apart. They settled matters and reconcile with their elder brother, Jude.
But that didn’t last. On 25 September 2017, numerous media outlets reported that the group disbanded. Reports about a breakup resurfaced again after Peter reportedly sent a termination letter to the group’s lawyer. Prior to this report, the duo disbanded in 2016, supposedly over a disagreement about the role of their manager. not until the last break up they never look back.
Since the split, each member of the band has gone on to start promising solo careers.
Everly after both seem remarkably happy in their newfound path.
During their illustrious career together, P-Square released six albums in their music career, including Get Squared (2005), Game Over (2007), Danger (2009) and Invasion (2011). Double Trouble.
2. Plantashun Boiz
Every generation has its own poster band, and the kids who grew up in the 90s and early 2000s would have one or two tales to tell about this defunct musical group.
The group was formed during their college years in Enugu, at the Institute Of Management And Technology (I.M.T Enugu), Eastern Nigeria.
The group was a household name between the late 1990s and the early 2000s. And the gain prominence in the Nigerian music industry.
They made very cool and innovative music including hip-hop and R&B. The group was made up of 2face, Faze and Blackface.
Before hitting the rock, which led to them going their separate ways in 2004, They had two albums, Body and Soul (2000) and Sold Out (2003),
The trio split , according to rumor’s the group split up after the exit of 2 Face who wanted a solo career on the platform of Kennis Music. Even though this didn’t sit well with other members of the group, they had to move on.
Blackface particularly accused 2face of causing the breakup. On several occasions, blackface has lashed out on 2face.
On 25 January 2016, Blackface lashed out at 2face and his manager in a series of tweets, accusing them of stealing his intellectual property and threatened to take them both to court. 2face later responded, describing Blackface’s statements as ‘unfortunate’.
Like any other music group in Nigeria, this group has had its share of breakups too.
Styl-Plus (originally STYL) was a gospel and pop music group that formed in 1997 in Abuja. Shifi Emoefe, Tunde Akinsanmi, Yemi Akinwonmi and Lanre Faneyi were the four founding members that made up the group. Unfortunately, In 1998 the group lost Lanre Faneyi, and Zeal Onyecheme joined the group to replace him.
The group was one of the most popular mainstream in the Nigerian music industry. They were in the spotlight in the Nigerian music industry when they dropped their hit single “Olufunmi” in 2003, which gain recognition and was widely played.
Unfortunately, after coming a long way making music bonding together, and releasing albums, their tour as a group came to a devastating end. The real cause of their breakup wasn’t clear or particularly told but rumor has it that repeated attempts to get the group to relocate to Lagos were responsible for the breakup of Styl-Plus, some members wanted to move, but others refused.