Boyz II Men, American vocal quartet that emerged in the 1990s and became one of the most successful rhythm-and-blues groups, dominating the charts during the first half of the decade, will be performing in Kampala on June 11, 2023.
The concert which is expected to be sold out has had fans calling on the organizers and security agencies to deploy heavily to ensure that there are no goons who usually assault revellers and snatch people’s phones and other personal belongings as the case is with many bivulu for local musicians .
” This is a must to attend show for some of us who grew up in the 1990s when Boyz II Men were arguably the best signing group in the world. But people are worried about their security . The Kampala goons are a menace when it comes to such events . Hopefully , this time round, the organisers and security agencies are going to ensure the security of all those who will attend during and after the show,” Peter Matovu who is music fan told ugandaupdatenews.com
Boyz II Men is an American R&B/soul singing group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1988 as a quintet, Boyz II Men found fame as a quartet, with members Wanya Morris, Michael McCary, Shawn Stockman, and Nathan Morris
They will be the headline act at an MTN organized event dubbed ‘Yetu Festival’ that is slated to be held at Kololo Independence grounds. They will be supported by Kenyan band Sauti Sol. They are currently a trio composed of baritone Nathan Morris alongside tenors Wanyá Morris and Shawn Stockman.
The members of Boyz II Men grew up in separate neighbourhoods of Philadelphia and came together as high-school friends at the Philadelphia High School for the Performing Arts, where they studied classical music and vocal arts.
The name Boyz II Men came from a song that had been recorded by the pop quintet New Edition. In 1989 the quartet managed to meet Michael Bivins—who had been a member of New Edition—and gave him an impromptu audition. Bivins later signed on as their manager and helped define their gentlemanly image.
In 1992 their recording of “End of the Road,” from the movie soundtrack of Boomerang, spent 13 consecutive weeks in the number one slot on Billboard’s pop chart, eclipsing by two weeks the previous record set by Elvis Presley—“Don’t Be Cruel” backed with “Hound Dog”—in 1956. In 1994 the group helped write and produce the album II.
After Whitney Houston broke their record by spending 14 weeks at number one with “I Will Always Love You,” Boyz II Men came back to tie her with “I’ll Make Love to You.” The release of their follow-up single, “On Bended Knee,” put them with an elite group of artists (Presley and the Beatles) who succeeded themselves at the number one spot.
After a world tour, the band started work on their next album, Evolution, which was released in 1997. While it had several hits—notably, “4 Seasons of Loneliness” and “A Song for Mama”—the album failed to sell as well as their previous efforts.
Their next albums, Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya (2000) and Full Circle (2002), also saw declining sales. In 2003 McCary left the group because of health issues. Boyz II Men continued to tour, and their later albums included Throwback (2004), which featured covers of their favourite songs, and The Remedy (2007). After a few more covers collections, Boyz II Men recorded original material for Twenty (2011) and Collide (2014), but they returned to reinterpreting classics for Under the Streetlight (2017).
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