In a couple of months, popular music group ‘Midnight Crew‘ will celebrate it’s 15th year anniversary.
Looking back at how it all began, the group’s spokesperson Mike Abdul, in a recent interview with Punch narrated how it all began and how they almost broke in 2005.
In his words, ‘Sometime in 2005, we felt that we had spent four years together and things were looking tight and difficult for us. We decided that we should do something about it by letting everybody go. We called a meeting which was meant to disband the group but as God would have it, we found ourselves praying and after the prayer session, we did not discuss about disbanding the group but making it better. God helped us. Imagine if we had disbanded Midnight Crew in 2005, we did not know that we were going to receive a song that would make the whole nation proud in 2008. Igwe was released seven years after we formed Midnight Crew’.
Having survived as a group for almost 15 years in Nigeria, Mike shared his thoughts on why music groups break up in Nigeria.
According to him, ‘I think it is not just in Nigeria that groups break up, it also happens in the US. I think what has worked for us is that we respect individuality. After ten years as a group we had a meeting and we told ourselves that we can all do individual works and still be in the group. I think the problem that has occurred over the years that has not been addressed when it comes to groups is that we fail to understand that every member of the group is an individual who carries a dream of his own’.
‘I think groups should accept and allow individual platforms to thrive. I think that would work because it has worked for us. I think it has been God because it is not easy to keep people together; even brothers fight and make up. In fact, I know of some brothers who did not talk to each other till one of them died over a little misunderstanding. We have heard of divorce cases between a man and a woman after about five children but all of a sudden, they say they cannot stay together again. It is not easy keeping together but it has to do with putting a system in place that would understand the individuality of every member’ he said.