by Rachel Ogbu
Remember Styl-Plus, the late nineties/early noughties R&B group who made several efforts at staging a comeback but failed?
Well news is that the T in STyl-Plus, Tunde Akinsanmi, is now pushing his new company, BAT Records Nigeria LTD which is a parent company to BAT Records Studios and BAT Clothing Company.
Since the group went their separate ways, Akinsanmi changed his stage name to NativeBoy but holds that he will always be a member of the group that brought us, Olufunmi and they plan to stage a comeback.
NativeBoy In Your Eyes (I.Y.E) is Akinsanmi’s debut single which is rapidly becoming a sensational electronica/pop track worldwide.
NativeBoy In Your Eyes is now ranked #1 on Reverbnation for Electronica/R&B/Pop in Nigeria.
A new single will be coming shortly before Christmas. Stay tuned…
You will recall that Styl-Plus’ second album; “Unbreakable” did not fly in the market, and their most recent singles did not break waters at all.
But they had a really good run. In 1997, Akinsanmi teamed up with Shifi Emoefe , Yemi Akinwonmi and Lanre Faneyi to form the group STYL which later evolved to the award-winning group Styl-Plus with the addition of Zealous Onyecheme when Lanre passed away in 1999 and Yemi left the band. Styl-Plus have performed worldwide including USA, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Nigeria & more.
The Group have preformed with a number of artists including Shaka Demus and Pliers, Femi Kuti, 2 Face, Jazzman Olofin, Ruggedman, P-Square and opened concerts for Wyclef Jean, Boyz II Men and Yvonne Chaka Chaka. The group has received numerous Nigerian National awards as well as International awards by Channel O, Amen Awards and Kora Award nominees. In 2005, Call My Name won best R&B video award by Channel O South African music station.