Nigerian music industry have churned out some of the best groups to grace Africa as a whole. While we know it is true that children will never play together forever we can’t but help to remember some of this great music groups that made the music industry what it is today.
1. Mo’Hits: Taking the top spot is definitely the biggest and most loved music group ever known as Mo’Hits. Mo’Hits was a group that had some of the best talents who paved way for our music internationally. The group had D’banj, DonJazzy, Dr Sid, Wande Coal, DPrince and K-Switch. Once upon a time, this group gave us the best of the best ranging from singles to collabos.
Headed by DonJazzy and D’banj they were the future we all thought would last forever. Sadly the group parted ways and has since then moved on breaking several hearts and making people pitch tents. We hope to have something from them soon and when we say soon we mean very soon.
2. Plantashun Boiz: Plantashun Boiz were a Nigerian hiphop and R&B music group. It consisted of 2face Idibia, Faze and Blackface. The group was formed during their college years in Enugu, at the Institute Of Management And Technology (I.M.T Enugu). The group was managed by Owoyemi Akinwale Nathaniel (Natz), Ifeanyi Oji (Odogwu), and Obasi Leonard (Baba Leo).
As a result of the Plan B reunion album, Plantashun Entertainment Ltd. Management was born in 2007. The Plan B album was distributed by T Joe. However it seems to us that Plantashun Boiz is all done and dusted and can’t be revived however we hold on to a little strand of hope.
3. Styl- Plus: The group Styl-Plus (originally STYL) is a Nigerian gospel and pop musical group / quartet. The founding members were Shifi Emoefe, Tunde Akinsanmi, Yemi Akinwonmi, and Lanre Faneyi, the name STYL being an abbreviation of the founders first names.
In 1998 Lanre Faneyi died, and Zeal Onyecheme joined the group. This led to the group being renamed Styl-Plus, the “Plus” denoting the new addition to the group. In 2002 Yemi Akinwonmi left the group and the musical band became a trio without adding a new member. Starting 2003, the group had its own record label, STYL-PLUS. In February 2017, it was reported that Tunde Akinsanmi has left the group leaving Shifi and Zeal as the flag bearers of the group. We definitely miss these group as they did give us life with their music
4. Trybesmen (also known as Da Trybe) is an African hip-hop group from Lagos, Nigeria. The Nigerian newspaper NEXT describes them as “one of the pioneers of hip hop in Nigeria” and the BBC called the group “legendary” in 2005. The three original members, known as Eldee, Kaboom and Freestyle, first met in 1994 in Lagos.
Their first album, L.A.G Style Volume 1., was released in 1999 to positive reviews. Their hits included “Trybal Marks” and “Shake Bodi.” Two members, eLDee and Freestyle, recorded solo albums after the group broke up. They reunited to perform at an awards ceremony in Abuja in 2009.
5. Maintain: This group gave us effortless hit and jams back in the days. I mean who remember “I catch cold” epic phrase that lasted forever.
The group steadily had us jamming to their songs for so long that we had looked forward to an eternity of them however, it wasn’t the case. Olu maintain, Tolu and Big Bamo had plans of their own however, it was fun while it lasted.