LEGACY: A peak Styl-Plus deliver an iconic perfomance of “Olufunmi” at Kennis Music Festival (2004)

The first instalment of a new series

Boybands and the early 2000s are almost synonymous in every country, any genre. From B2K to The Remedies, from Boyz 2 Men to P-Square, the late 90s and early noughties was a time for brothers to join arms and croon (a terrible word but it really applies here).

One of the most iconic groups from this period was Styl-Plus. Originally a 4-piece gospel group from Abuja, the incarnation the country fell in love with was the third remodelling of the band. After relocating to Lagos and changing their name from STYL to Styl-Plus (after the death of co-founder Lanre Faneyi), they started their own label and a few hit records later, were one of the hottest tickets in town. In a traditional noughties roll-out, they toured their singles between 2003 and 2006, before dropping their classic debut album Expressions.

From the Easter of 2004, they perform their magnum opus “Olufunmi” at the once annual Kennis Music Festival – the celebration of music by legendary record label Kennis Music (home to 2Baba, Eedris Abdulkareem, and Tony Tetuila).

LEGACY is a video series by The NATIVE highlighting iconic performances and moments in Nigerian Music. As we celebrate the growth of the community and increasing popularity of the music, we must remember the greats of the past. 

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