The group STYL was formed in 1997 as a gospel quartet by founding members Shifi Emoefe, Tunde Akinsanmi, Yemi Akinwonmi, and Lanre Faneyi. In 1999 Lanre passed away and Zeal Onyecheme joined the group. The name STYL which was formed by combining the first letters of the first names of the founding members then turned to Styl-Plus, the Plus being used to indicate the new addition to the group. In the year 2001, the group expanded from singing strictly gospel songs, to inspirational and love songs. In 2002 Yemi left the group to pursue another career. In 2003 the group teamed up with Anthony 'T-Jazz' Ukpong and Joseph 'Joey' Ukpong to form their own record label; Styl-Plus Music
Enough of the history session, here is their debut album.
Lara George was born in Lagos, Nigeria as the fourth of five children to Mr. and Mrs. Oluwole Bajomo. She began her musical journey in her alma mater’s school choir “Queens’ College” Yaba, Lagos where she was first given the opportunity to take a lead role in a song. Years later, Lara has transformed into the professional whose inspirational style of delivery has helped define the new sound and direction of Nigerian music. She was also a member of KUSH an urban gospel group in the 90's.
Innocent Ujah Idibia best known as 2Face is a recording artist from Benue State, Nigeria. He was a member of the defunct R&B/hip hop group Plantashun Boyz.He is one of the most internationally recognized celebrity Nigeria has produced in a while now. His popular song “African Queen” was the first ever video to be played on pan African channel MTV Base.
Here is his debut album.
P-Square is a musical group that consist of identical twin brothers, Peter and Paul Okoye. The duo began their career miming and dancing in various shows and church events in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. In 2001, while at the University of Abuja, the duo won a talent show competition “Golden Tones - Up & Coming Band” with the track “Kolo” which they eventually featured on their debut album. This quickly shot them into prominence and they soon became household names. Here is their 3rd album Game Over.
Xtasy was a Nigerian band who only made one album on Ben Murray Bruce's label, Silverbird Records. Ben Murray Bruce needs no introduction in the Nigerian entertainment industry. He brought the likes of Shalamar and the Gap band to Lagos in the 80’s, and who can possibly forget the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria pageant? This group consists of Ben's siblings (I stand to be corrected on this statement, as I was pretty young when this group was on top of the charts)
Born in Nigeria, Ras Kimono was bred in the Ghetto. As a youth, he experienced oppression, brutality, hardship and inequality, factors that became a major influence on his philosophy as a man; detesting injustice, corruption, favoritism and discrimination
Together with his Massive Dread Reggae Band, Kimono released his debut album, Under Pressure, in 1989 which included the popular single, "Rum-Bar Stylee". “What's Gwan” his sophomore album proved even more successful, with the topics selected including legalization of marijuana, and the need for Africans to intellectually repel colonialism and its arbitrary boundaries between tribes. Most controversially, he was not averse to naming directly those in power he saw as synonymous with backdoor imperialism.
Ras Kimono now goes around the world, propagating unity among humankind, irrespective of color, creed, religion, race or geographical boundaries. A vegetarian, Kimono is a Rastafarian in the purest form. He is a farmer, fisherman and God-fearing.
Here is his 3rd album “Run Fi Cover” released in 1992.