Would There Be Another Successful Music Duo In Nigeria After PSquare’s Breakup?
Having spent over a decade doing music with numerous hit singles, local and international accolades to their credibility; PSquare’s breakup still remains a surprise to some quarters of the entertainment world
It’s no more news that PSquare music duo, which comprises of two brothers – Peter and Paul Okoye, has moved from group to solo singers following their nasty feud that left the industry in shock while their fans almost never believed their favorite group could part ways.
In 2014 when their major big fight forced itself into the public domain, many thought it was a publicity stunt to keep the music group relevant in the music industry, but, three years after, ‘publicity stunt’ metamorphosed into reality!
Having spent over a decade doing music with numerous hit singles, local and international accolades to their credibility; PSquare’s breakup still remains a surprise to some quarters of the entertainment world. Sooner or later, those still in shock, will wake up to accept the reality of change – the only constant thing in life.
In 2007, PSquare group released their highly rated album, “Game Over” that reportedly sold over 8 million copies, it housed hit songs like ‘Do Me’, ‘Roll It’, ‘Ifunaya’ and ‘No One Like You’ – a song that has since became one of the official songs at Nigerian weddings, the song is evergreen.
I believe it is now reasonable to refer to PSquare as defunct group, just like Plantashun Boiz that collapsed long ago. Since 2004 that the RnB music group (Plantashun Boiz) spilt, Nigeria music industry is yet to experience another strong trio like Plantashun Boiz, however, their end solidifies the grounds of more duo groups doing music passionately. PSquare (now collapsed), Skuki and Bracket made people believe duos can work better than trios.
It is important to stress the fact that defunct PSquare remains the only music group with the highest numbers of international collaborations and recognitions. They’ve worked international artistes like Akon, T.I, and Rick Ross. In 2007 & 2008 they won Channel O Music Video Awards under the category of “Best Duo or Group”. In 2008 & 2009, they also won “Best Group” at MTV Africa Music Awards. These are feats no Nigerian group has achieved till date.
Skuki and Bracket are remarkable, consistent, and versatile also, however, not as big as the PSquare brothers who ruled Africa and dominated Nigeria with their out of the box approach to music, which combined energetic dances and creative songs that are still standing the test of time.
Now that PSquare group is no more, can we still have a music duo that will replace and perform the wonders PSquare didn’t achieve? This may appear to be the right time for Skuki and Bracket to reestablish themselves as competent enough to pick up the baton dropped by PSquare, to work out magic with it; also, a challenge to emerging music duos like DNA Twins signed onto Don Jazzy-led Mavin Records, and others struggling to hit the limelight.
As daybreaks, the Nigeria music industry gets tougher and more competitive unlike before, while music groups are lagging behind solo artistes.
Judging by these groups’ performances, achievements, songs and comparing them with Psquare’s, one can draw a conclusion that to have a music duo/group like Peter and Paul is almost impossible in years to come.
By Kuti Ibukunoluwa
@TheRealIBK on all social media.