The Nigerian Music Scene has been home to a lot of promising music groups.
Some of them have given us massive hits over the years and are still doing well in the industry. And others have shattered our hearts by breaking up, with their group members going solo. A few of these former group members have built successful solo careers but some others had careers that died along with the group.
With the final break-up of P Square 2 years ago, no real music group is currently rocking the Nigerian Music scene, let’s take a trip down memory lane and see 7 most promising Nigerian Music groups that no longer exist.
- The Remedies
Do you know The Remedies were a pioneering Nigerian hiphop music group, consisting of @EedrisAbdulkareem,Tony Tetuila and Eddy Remedy (Eddy Montana). active from 1997 till early 2000s. the defunct group suffered after her break up crisis.
— 99.9 KISSFM ABUJA (@999KISSFMABUJA) August 9, 2018
This group really started the hip hop craze in Nigeria over 20 years ago. The Remedies was a group of three men – Eedris Abdulkareem, Tony Tetuila and Eddy Montana and they gave us many hit songs including “Sako Mo”, “Belinda” and “Sade”. Alas, after their second album release, Tony Tetuila split from the group and went solo. He was followed by Eedris Abdulkareem and the rest is history.
- Plantashun Boiz
— The Avenue Nigeria (@avenueng) February 14, 2019
One of the most popular music groups back in the day, Plantashun Boiz was also a group of three men. The group boasted of having the talents of Tuface (Innocent Idibia), Faze (Chibuzor Orji) and Black Face (Augustine Ahmedu). They practically ruled the Nigerian Music scene between the late 90s and early 2000s. However, the group broke up in 2003 when Tuface kick started his eventually very successful solo career.
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Kush the Christian music group made up of Lara George, TY Bello, Emem & Dapo had the first website by an artiste in Nigeria
— SelahAfrik.com!! (@SelahAfrik) March 23, 2015
I wonder why we do not see any more all-female Nigerian music groups. Anyways, that is what Kush was. Made up of 4 women, TY Bello, Lara George, Emem and Dapo Torimiro, this group gave us a taste of their unique blend of music including the hit song “Let’s Live Together”. But sadly they didn’t last long together and they broke up in 2004.
This Song was released in 2001, by the Group Known as Maintain (Olu Maintain is one of them)
Maintain – 'Alo (Story)' pic.twitter.com/iYswiuO21E
— Nzekwe Gerald Uchenna (@NzekweGerald) May 23, 2018
This group made up of 3 men (OLu, Tolu and Big Bamo) started out in Ibadan. They quickly went on to become part of the top figures in the industry by dropping hit songs including “Alo” and “I Catch Cold”. Sadly they broke up in 2006 with only Olu (who rebranded as Olu Maintain) going on to release further Hit singles.
- KC Presh
KC Presh released their second studio album “Sio Nkpo” 13 years ago today. pic.twitter.com/zY8jLZIPKR
— filterfree_ (@filterfreeng) February 23, 2018
One of the first music duos to “burst our brains”, Kc Presh was made up of 2 guys, Kingsley (KC) and Precious (Presh). They won the first edition of the NBC talent hunt show, Star Quest and went on to rock the music industry with hits like “Shokori Bobo” and “Sengemenge”. The group split in 2011 with KC going on to climb up to stardom while Presh went underground.
#StylPlus was formed in the 1997 as a gospel group but later they moved into R&b. The group gave us wonderful songs that rocked the nation for a long time. The biggest hit they had was Olufunmi. https://t.co/tq0FFT21iv pic.twitter.com/t7ZHIr63cP
— AfroHipHopMuzik (@AfroHipHopMuzik) January 11, 2019
Stylplus originally started as STYL with 4 guys (Shiffi, Tunde, Yemi and Lanre) as group members. Even after the death of a group member, Lanre, and exit of another one (Yemi left to pursue his solo career), the group rebranded. Adding singer Zeal to their ranks, they became Stylplus and gave us several heartwarming singles. I’m sure you still remember “Olufunmi” and “Faraway”. However, the group broke up fully when Tunde left to also pursue a solo career.
- The Pulse
This group had so much promise. The pulse was a music band that broke out after they won the 2009 edition of Star Quest. It was made up of 6 members (5 guys and a girl) with Duben Ochokwu as their band leader. They released the hit song “Sote” that same year and even did a remix of the song with American Rap Star, Busta Rhymes. However, the group quietly disbanded and we have heard nothing much of them since except from the female member, Obianuju Odeh. She went on to win another show a couple of years ago, the X-Factor and was even unveiled as part of a girl band signed under Rude boy records last year.
Other former music groups worthy of mention include Trybesmen, Zulezoo, X-Appeal and Mo’ Hits (although technically, Mo’Hits wasn’t a group).
Are we going to see more music groups that will spring up, give us sizzling hits and of course, stay together?
We hope so!
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