Independence brings the best out of KCee


The wave that KCee’s single, Limpopo, is currently making brings into focus the intrigues that have resulted from the break-up of some former musical groups, writes JAYNE AUGOYE

A school of thought believes that every time a music band splits, a star is born. The saying may in actual sense be true, if current trends in the music scene are anything to go by.  What seems to be the latest instance is the story of Kingsley Okonkwo, popularly known as Kcee, as his decision to part ways with his partner of 12 years, Presh, to pursue a solo music career in May 2011, is proving to be profitable.

   But then, it was only natural for music buffs to initially express fears about the future of both singers. After winning the first edition of The Nigerian Breweries-sponsored music reality show, Star Quest, in 2002, and recording a string of hits, such as Segemenge, off the album Sio Nkpo, which bagged them a Channel O nomination, the group never really made the A list.

     But fortune has eventually smiled on Kcee, as Limpopo, eighth single since the split, infiltrated the airwaves early in the year and has become a hit alongside — Iyanya’s Kukere.  Despite the fact that many listeners have no idea what Limpopo actually stands for, it remains a hit.

    Without a doubt, the light-skinned artiste is having a great time. He recently bagged a multi-million naira endorsement deal from telecommunications company, MTN, and purchased  a brand new 2013 Range Rover and BMW X6 cars.

Sadly, it is, so far, a different story for his former band mate, Presh, whose real names is Precious John. Currently, he is said to have made Germany his base for now. Since the split, very little or nothing has been heard of the singer.

In a rapidly growing music terrain as Nigeria’s, break-ups are almost inevitable with factors like jealousy, loyalty, profit sharing, failed promises, sentiments, lack of foresight  and  other trivialities at play.

   When this happens, one party is usually the better for it, leaving the other struggling to get his or her act right. It is only in rare scenarios that it is a huge loss or gain for both parties. For the defunct Mo’Hits, the former is the case.

   The group’s disbandment in 2011 is one that would not be forgotten in a hurry. During their time together, the head honchos, Don Jazzy and Dapo ‘D’banj’ Oyebanjo, rose to critical acclaim, alongside a number of protégés like Wande Coal, Dr. SID and D’Prince.               Although both parties have since floated different record labels, released new albums and signed on new artistes, one year after, it remains evident that they do need each other as either one is yet to make any big bang.

The same goes for Plantashun Boiz, the 90’s hip-hop group, which comprised Ahmedu ‘Blackface’ Augustine, Innocent ‘2face’ Idibia and Chibuzor Orji, popularly called Faze. Together they had three hit albums titled, Body and Soul, Sold Out and Plan B respectively. Of the three,  only 2Face appears to be enjoying a thriving music career.

Other groups worth mentioning in this regard include Kush, X-Project, Infinity, Trybesmen, Maintain and Remedies and the older Shina Peters and Segun Adewale. For these ones, only a star or two emerged at the end of the day, leaving the rest lagging behind.