Musical groups or bands are essential to music. More often than not very few artistes are willing to go through the hassle of being a solo artiste.
The praises and acclaim all come to you but so do the criticisms. Most bands drop a couple of hits then begin to fade. It is very difficult for the band to continually sustain high levels of performances. People would easily site Westlife as an example but they are the exception and not the norm.
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Back to our local setting, one of the most loved groups in the late 2000s was the group Ruff N Smooth. The duo wowed the country with their first major hit “Swagger“. The song had lots of airplay, it was used in advertisements as well. The song is an undoubted classic. The duo would go on to release other records with mixed public reception.
Over time, we would hear from the lyrical duo less and less. Such is the nature of human beings that when the line of communication to you is impeded or not so clear, we assume the worst. In other words when the name Ruff N Smooth was not being paraded around as it used to be we assumed the band were no more, that they had disbanded and gone their separate ways especially when Bullet who still remained in the public eye was tight lipped about the subject as he managed late dancehall songstress Ebony Reigns.
But according to the manager of the group, Ruff N Smooth, they have not disbanded.
Manager of Ruff N Smooth music group, Theophilus Amoah Baah, has denied media reports that the group has collapsed. According to the manager, the fact that the public is not seeing much of them together doesn’t mean they are separated.
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He added that the members of the group have decided to embark on individual solo projects to develop their skills. The manager was of the view that sometimes when individuals in a group embark on a solo projects, it allows one to express himself well, as well as exploring and developing his talents. Amoah Baah revealed that the group is billed to perform in Holland in April this year, and they will use the event to release some of its new singles and do other collaborations with some international artistes.
Ruff N Smooth is made up of Bullet (Ricky Nana Agyemang), the manager of the late dancehall artiste Ebony, and Akhan (Clement Baah Foh).
Though we await the two (2) to mount stage for the first time in 2 years, we are yet to hear any public announcement from Bullet and Akhan.
Click to watch their 2014 hit song “Send Ur Fire” below:
[culled from Daily Guide]