Bracket (music group)

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Birth nameNwachukwu Ozioko
Obumneme Ali
Also known asVast & Smash
GenresR&B, Afropop
Years active1999–present
LabelsApe Planet

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", "Me & U", "Yori-Yori" and "Ada Owerri" which received several positive reviews and airplay.[2]


Vast and Smash grew up in Nsukka town, Enugu State, southeastern Nigeria, 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 (UNN).[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[edit]

  • Happy Day (2006)
  • Least Expected (2009)
  • Cupid Stories (2011)
  • Alive (2015)[7]
  • Love Letters (2022)

Awards and nominations[edit]

In 2012, Bracket received an 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. ^ Babatunde Ologe (27 August 2010). "ASUU Strike Saved Us – Bracket". News Nigeria. Archived from the original on 20 April 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Bracket: The Yori Yori duo". 6 June 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2015.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Mukosolu Nzom (3 November 2012). "Our pain, our gains, our story – Bracket". Vanguard. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Yori Yori Attracted Many Attentions – Bracket, Nigerian music Duo". GistMania. 24 April 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  5. ^ "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. ^ Jaguda (2 April 2010). "The Real Story Behind The Group Bracket". Archived from the original on 4 February 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  7. ^ Olumide Adesida (14 July 2015). "Bracket unveils art, track list for new album". The Net. Archived from the original on 10 August 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Nigeria's fast rising duo Bracket to receive honorary award in the U.S". Nigeria Music Network. 9 May 2012. Archived from the original on 3 March 2018. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  9. ^ Biodun Ogundairo (23 April 2012). "Wande Coal, Bracket, Darey Lead HHWA 2010 Nominations". The Net. Archived from the original on 31 July 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2015.