Bracket (music group), A Bography, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Birth name Nwachukwu Ozioko
Obumneme Ali
Also known as Vast & Smash
Genres R&BAfropop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2004–present
Labels Ape Planet
Associated acts

Bracket are a Nigerian afropop and R&B music duo composed of Obumneme Ali a.k.a. “Smash” and Nwachukwu Ozioko a.k.a. “Vast”.[1]Bracket 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.[2]


Vast and Smash grew up in NsukkaEnugu State, where they used to attend campus shows while growing up.[3] 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.[4][5]

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.[6]


Studio albums

  • Happy Day (2006)
  • Least Expected (2009)
  • Cupid Stories (2011)
  • Alive (2015)[7]

Awards and nominations

In 2012, Bracket received a Honorary award from the city of Philadelphia at the African American Museum in Philadelphia.[8] Some of their awards include:

Year Award ceremony Award description Result
2012 The Headies Artiste of the Year Won[9]
2013 2012 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Indigenous Artist/Group Nominated
2013 2012 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Collaboration of the Year Nominated


  1. Jump up^ Babatunde Ologe (27 August 2010). “ASUU Strike Saved Us – Bracket”News Nigeria. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  2. Jump up^ “Bracket: The Yori Yori duo”Daily Trust. 6 June 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2015.[permanent dead link]
  3. Jump up^ Mukosolu Nzom (3 November 2012). “Our pain, our gains, our story – Bracket”Vanguard. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  4. Jump up^ “Yori Yori Attracted Many Attentions – Bracket, Nigerian music Duo”. GistMania. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  5. Jump up^ “WE DIDN’T KNOW YORI YORI WOULD GET SO BIG – BRACKET”. Nigeria Films. Archived from the original on 23 December 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  6. Jump up^ Jaguda (2 April 2010). “The Real Story Behind The Group Bracket” Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  7. Jump up^ Olumide Adesida (14 July 2015). “Bracket unveils art, track list for new album”The Net. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  8. Jump up^ “Nigeria’s fast rising duo Bracket to receive honorary award in the U.S”. Nigeria Music Network. 9 May 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  9. Jump up^ Biodun Ogundairo (23 April 2012). “Wande Coal, Bracket, Darey Lead HHWA 2010 Nominations”The Net. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
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