While speaking in an exclusive interview with PUNCH’s Sunday Scoop, Mike Abdul, a member of the popular gospel music group, Midnight Crew, reacted to people’s assumptions and claims that the music group no longer exists.
He said: “The fact that an individual needs to find his or her own expression doesn’t mean a group is dead. I think it is a misconception. The members of Midnight Crew are still together. At the last three editions of The Experience concert, we performed as a group.
“Yesterday, we performed in Abuja as a group too. We were friends before coming together as a group. Even if Midnight Crew does not exist again, we would still be friends because that is our foundation.”
Speaking further on why music groups don’t last in Nigeria, Abdul said: “Even solo artistes don’t last for more than 10 years. The problem is not about being in a group, it has to do with the music business. I tell people not to put pressure on artistes. If an artiste’s career doesn’t last for more than five years, do not crucify him or her.
“A musician doesn’t need to be active forever. If you do five years as an artiste and you are getting saturated, what stops you from taking a break? You can always come back after the break. The fact that some people are still relevant for 20 years doesn’t mean everyone has such grace.”