Tunde Akinsanmi of Styl-Plus has decided to leave the group which comprised of Tunde, Shiffi and Zeal and go solo. Hence forth, he would be known as NativeBoy.
It will be recalled that the group Styl-Plus (originally STYL) is a gospel and pop musical group / quartet. The founding members were Shifi Emoefe, Tunde Akinsanmi, Yemi Akinwonmi, and Lanre Faneyi and the name STYL was adopted by combining the first letters of the first names of the founding members.
In 1999 Lanre Faneyi died, and Zeal Onyecheme joined the group. The name of the quartet turned to Styl-Plus, the Plus being used to indicate the new addition to the group. In 2002 Yemi Akinwonmi left the group and the musical band became a trio without adding a new member. Starting 2003, the group had its own record label STYL-PLUS.
However, Tunde’s new company, BAT Records Nigeria LTD is a parent company to BAT Records Studios and BAT Clothing Company.
BAT is an acronym derived from BEATZ AND TECHNIQUES.
Since the group went their separate ways, Akinsanmi changed his stage name to NativeBoy but hopes that he will always be a member of the group that sang Olufunmi and they plan to stage a comeback.
He is presently working on his Production album which promises to feature both established and non-established artists to further break new grounds in the music microcosm.
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.
STYL was formed in 1997 in Abuja, Nigeria and made up of four members. In the year 2001, the group sang mainly pop and love songs. In 1999, after Lanre Faneyi’s death, and the addition of Zeal Onyecheme, the name of the group was changed to Styl-Plus. In 2002 Yemi Akinwonmi left the group to pursue another career.
The members of the group are all graduates of Federal University of Technology, Akure. Zeal, although he too attended the University, he decided to pursue his music career in 2005 due to the sudden success of the group. All were bachelors in their mid-twenties at the time.
Based in Abuja, Styl-Plus one of The hottest thing in African R&B has been dubbed Africa’s “Boys II Men”. This highly successful group of talented artists with their amazing vocal harmonies, catchy tunes, melodies, R&B style, combined with their awesome lyrics are a Cultural Explosion of English with a mix of native Language spoken in Nigeria.
These “Phenomenal” music artists have officially been dubbed TRIPLE P’s of Styl-Plus – PASSION, PERSONALITY, PHENOMENAL which are: PASSION, PERSONALITY, PHENOMENAL.
Styl-plus’s First two albums were smash hits. Major hits like ‘Olufunmi’, ‘Imagine That’, ‘Run Away’, ‘Call My Name’, ‘Stay Alive’, Four Years & so many more… Their latest releases ‘Unbreakable’,’Ready To Go’, ‘On The Dance Floor Ft Jesse Jagz’, ‘Ka Fo Lo (Let’s Fly Away)’ & ‘Baby Mo’.