Music video by P-Square performing Personally. (C) 2013 Square Records
“Why we honoured MJ in our new video” — P-Square
Written by Tade Makinde for Nigerian Tribune
The duo of Peter and Paul Okoye, popularly known as P-Square, has officially released a new single and video, Personally. The video is part of P-Square’s effort to honour the late Michael Jackson, a music icon who had immense influence on their music career. MJ, as Jackson was fondly called, died on 25 June, 2009.
Four years after MJ’s death, one of the most popular entertainers he mentored (P-Square) have dedicated their big budget music video of their new single to his memory. Shot in Lagos and co-directed by Jude Engees Okoye and Clarence Peters, Personally is another video that showcased the dexterity of P-Square as the master of their craft. It is a must watch video, not just for P-Square’s fans, but for every Michael Jackson’s follower.
According to P-Square, “this video is dedicated to our mentor, legendary pop icon, the late Michael Jackson, who still inspires us personally.”
The video also brings back the memory of Peter and Paul Okoye as members of the now defunct Smooth Criminals and MMPP dancing groups in Jos, Plateu State. The groups majorly mimed and choreographed MJ’s songs and dance routines. With Personally, P-Square has brought the old buzz and steps back.
P-Square’s choreography, marshalled by the group’s Chief Choreographer, Don Flexx and Peter, showcased most of MJ’s popular moves. Energetic dancer, Kaffy, was also on hand with her group to add spice to the video. Pint-sized actor, Osita Iheme, a.k.a. Pawpaw, made a cameo appearance in the video alongside Peter’s son, Cameron Okoye.
P-Square’s entry into the entertainment industry started during their school days at St. Murumba College, Jos. They formed a dancing group called Smooth Criminals and mainly danced and mimed Michael Jackson, M.C Hammer and Bobby Brown’s songs.
The group existed for about five years. Peter, Paul and two other friends (Michael and Melvin) later formed an acapella group called MMPP. The group was unable to withstand the test of time so it disintegrated, leaving the two Ps –Peter and Paul now known as P-Square.