By BENJAMIN NJOKU
Last Tuesday, was exactly four years since the King of Pop music, Michael Jackson bowed out of the stage and the world had cause to remember his painful exit once again. He died at the age of 50 years.
Jackson’s death from cardiac arrest caused by a lethal combination of prescription drugs, which was later ruled a homicide, shocked fans and musicians across the world.
He rose to fame in 1964, as the youngest member of his family’s Motown group, the “Jackson 5,” and continued to dominate the music industry with best-selling hits such as “Thriller,” “Billie Jean” and “Beat It.” While he lived, he often fell under intense public scrutiny for his personal life. He created some of the most popular albums of all time and remained a pop culture fascination through his final years.
Survived by his three children, Prince Michael Jackson II, Michael Joseph Jackson Jr. and Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson, the late King of Pop also helped popularize the music video genre, made extensive charitable contributions, worked with some of Hollywood’s leading directors, and acted in feature length films while leaving a lasting influence on modern dance, music, and culture.
However, following his demise on Thursday, June 25, 2009, the world have not stopped celebrating and immortalising Jackson’s name as one of the greatest music stars that ever lived on this planet. The latest of such effort to immortalise Jackson’s name is being championed by Nigeria’s multi-talented duo of Peter and Paul Okoye, popularly known as P-Square. The duo recently dedicated the big budget music video of their new single, “Personally” to the memory of the late Jackson whom they said, influenced their music career in no small measure.
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.
Psquare 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.