Over the weekend, the news of Tunde leaving to pursue a solo career hit the ‘blogosphere’. The group has now told NET that Tunde is leaving, but STYL Plus is not ‘breaking up’.
‘We owe it to our fans to clear the air on this matter. In the process of working towards a collective vision, in this vein, Tunde Akinsanmi has decided to pursue a solo career and delve into other ventures that are not Styl-Plus’s priority at the moment‘, a rep for the group and One Management said in a statement.
The statement says the group’s musical projects will go on as usual: Shifi and Zeal say they’ll be releasing a new single titl
ed ‘Tonight’ (Ale-Oni) in the coming weeks.They are also warming up to release new singles produced by the likes of Wizboyy, TK and Landlord
‘We thank all the fans and media whose unwavering support we have enjoyed so far and continue to enjoy‘, they added.
STYL Plus launched into the mainstream back in 2003 but their musical journey started way long before then; the group was originally formed in the ’90s by Shifi Emoefe, Tunde Akinsanmi, Yemi Akinwonmi, and Lanre Faneyi giving birth to the initial name STYL.
In 1999, Faneyi passed away. A young singer Zeal Onyecheme replaced him; rebranding the group’s name to STYL Plus. Three years later Akinwonmi left.
In 2003, the group released their first set of singles – ‘Olufunmi’ and ‘Runaway’ which remain evergreen. In 2006, they released their first studio album ‘Expressions‘, which included the hits – ‘Imagine that‘, ‘Always on my mind‘, ‘Drive me crazy‘, and ‘Iya Basira‘.
Going on a small hiatus, they returned in 2008 with the club hit ‘Four years’ off their ‘Back and Better‘ album.