Guys, please what about the Okoye twins would you like to know at this point that has not been said? Is it about their dancing days as ‘Smooth Criminals’ or as an acapella group with their friends Michael and Melvin – MMPP which didn’t last? Is it about how they became P-Square, a name they adopted in their first year in Uni-Abuja…or about how they emerged winners of Benson & Hedges Golden Tones competition in 2001? Ok, you don’t know where they’re from? – Anambra State, South-East of Nigeria but born and bred in Jos on the 18th of November, 1979. Their awards are too numerous to mention, and for their discography…. I’ll give you a synopsis but let me tell you what I think about their new singles “Bunieya Enu” and “Forever”.
As an Ibo boy, “Bunieya Enu” I know, means “Lift Him (God) High” and how groovy can a song get? P-Square did justice to this song from the jumpy beat, the fluid flow to the sing-along hook. A careless listener will not bother about the meaning of the few Ibo lines in this song. “Bunieya Enu” is eudemonic joint…the type that will get you dancing from the beginning to the end.
Remember that song “I Really Like It” by Harlem World and Mase back in 1999? Well, “Forever” brings memories of it and gives me that “Ifunanya” chills; it’s a love song – the type you wanna play for that special lady that makes you sleep at work cos you stayed awake all night thinking of her. The beat is not the conventional R&B but the lyrical content puts it in and not limited to that class. You can still dance to “Forever” the same way the DJ would cue it right after “Bunieya Enu”.
After these singles, expect a video and their next album simultaneously from P-Square. Anything different, would mean, the twins have changed their strategy of 8 years.
They released their first album ‘Last Night’ in 2003 an album that featured hit songs “Kolo” and “Senorita”. Their sophomore effort ‘Get Squared’ was released in July 2005. The album had songs like “Temptation”, “Bizzy Body”, “Get Squared” and “Temptation Remix” featuring UK based Alaye.
Their third album ‘Game Over’ (November 2007) housed fab songs like “Ifunanya”, “Role it”, “No one like you” and “Do me”. The album blew minds and stunned pundits.
In conclusion, I’ll like to ask, which African duo is hotter than P-Square? Keep thinking… you might have an answer in decades to come…