They are a Nigerian Afropop and R&B music duo composed of Obumneme Ali a.k.a. “Smash” and Nwachukwu Ozioko a.k.a. “Vast”. They started as a three-man music group before a member called Bistop dropped out. The duo are currently signed to Ape Planet and are best known for releasing hit singles like “Happy Day”, “Yori-Yori” and “Ada Owerri” which received several positive reviews and airplay. Vast and Smash grew up in Nsukka, Enugu State, where they used to attend campus shows while growing up. Vast has a diploma and a degree in Mass Communication from the Institute of Management Technology, Enugu and the University of Nigeria respectively while Smash has a diploma in Social Works and a degree in Psychology after graduating from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Years Active: 2004 – Present
The history of how the group began has been mixed in several stories and allegations. Bistop, a former member of the group claims to be the pioneer of the group after meeting Vast in a barbing salon back in 1999. They performed and attended several shows under a name called “Furious BV”. In a press release, he said he left the group as a result of a collaborative effort of a former associate producer together with Vast and Smash. He also went on to claim that Smash was not a member of the group until 2003 after he met Smash through a friend.
After the rebranding of their stage name to “Bracket” Vast and Smash went further to release their first studio album “Happy Day” in 2006 which was successful. After the success of their first studio album, They were further to release their third studio album “Cupid Stories” in 2011. Following the success of their third album, They went further to release their third studio album “Alive” in 2015. Their music has received international recognition and acceptance by a global audience.
Awards and Nominations
- In 2012, they won the Artiste of the Year at the Headies Awards. That same year they received an honorary award from the city of Philadelphia in the United States of America.
- In 2013, they were nominated for Best Indigenous Artist/Group at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards. Also nominated for Best Collaboration of the Year.
$7 million dollars.