5 Styl-Plus nostalgic songs and facts that will take you back in time
‘Expressions,’ by Styl-Plus, is one of the most popular Nigerian albums of the 2000s.
You feel nostalgic when you miss your childhood, people you know but haven’t seen in a while or the things that bring you comfort, like the nostalgic memories you feel when you listen to the songs you loved.
Throwback to 5 nostalgic songs from Styl-Plus
Styl Plus – Four Years
The group, originally called STYL, began in 1997 with founding members Shifi Emoefe, Tunde Akinsanmi, Yemi Akinwonmi, and Lanre Faneyi – STYL being the first letters of their names. Sadly, as is described in their song “Four Years”,
Lanre passed away in 1998, following which Zeal joined the group, making them Styl-Plus. In 2002, Yemi left, and the quartet became the sensational trio of Shifi, Tunde and Zeal.
Styl Plus – Iya Basira
My personal favorite, honestly this was probably the first (non-nursery rhyme) song I knew the word for word, and I’ve never forgotten a single lyric.
Through their detailed sung descriptions you can literally see the events of the song unfold. Iya Basira is more than a story; it’s like a movie, or, at the very least, a skit.
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There are different characters: the main character who falls for the jazz in Iya Basira’s food; the person that tells him that his “long-throat” is too much; the policeman that he recruits to go with him to the Oshodi Bukka, and Iya Basira herself.
The song gives all we didn’t know we needed and more
Styl Plus – Imagine That
A classic, indisputably. What did Styl-Plus not do on this song? As they start by telling everybody to “move your body now, forget about a blue day; everybody move your body now, tomorrow is a good day,” when listening to the lyrics you are somewhat taken aback by a chorus that focuses on heartbreak.
Then, it makes sense, the group has endured so much in love – but instead of wallowing, they dance; tomorrow is a good day.
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If that’s not the Nigerian way of dealing with just about every issue, I don’t know what is.
Styl Plus – Olufunmi
Let’s start with “Olufunmi”, a song that has hardly decreased in popularity since its 2003 release. Over the melancholic keys, the crooners sing to a girl named Olufunmi, with whom each one is 100% besotted.
Despite all the promises, and Tunde building his world around her, Olufunmi wants to leave. Begging her, in Yoruba, to not leave them, the catchy chorus lives in the minds of all Nigerians, whether one grew up here or not.
Styl Plus – Call My Name
The group, which began as a pure gospel quartet, moved into the love ballads and Pop music we know them for today in 2001, and it was at this point that they gained nationwide recognition.
In Styl-Plus’ era of secular music, each song they delivered were tales of passion, of hurt, of love, of life in general, all the while ensuring they gave us beats catchy enough to allow us to dance to their songs at parties.