Yes, The Boys, of "Dial My Heart" fame, are the focus of this particular entry.
Walk with me, back to the past, say 1988, when I was young and fresh-faced and totally in love with this new boy band aptly (and perhaps too simply) named The Boys. There were four of them, and though they were all talented, I reserved my girlish, squealing love for the second oldest, Hakim. (I watched Ernest Goes to Camp a million times just to see him sing "Gee, I 'm Glad It's Raining".) The Abdulsamad bothers were such a big deal for a minute that having their white tape with you guaranteed instant friendship with other adolescent girls. I recall showing up to a birthday party with tape in hand and causing a frenzy. For the rest of the party, we all gathered around the stereo and screamed and screamed.
In 1998, when I dropped out of school to move to Atlanta with my rap group (mmm hmm, you read correctly), I stumbled upon an article on my lost loves in Creative Loafing, Atlanta's version of The Chicago Reader. Apparently, they had moved to Gambia, grown locks, and were now performing as The Suns of Light. I was intrigued, but didn't pursue this further.
Today (in 2008), I'm on YouTube looking for older R&B hits from the 80's and who do I stumble upon? Hakeem and Tajh!!!!! Dude, they turned out cute. I figured that I had to blog about this, just in case some other old ass thirty year old was out there reminiscing about The Boys. Why these reminisces occur in ten-year intervals, I don't know. Something about completeness and order, I presume, but nevermind the esoteric stuff, enjoy these strapping fellas, ladies.
Hakim is reportedly releasing his solo album this year. I'm all over it.
Also, he wrote "Mama Africa" from Akon's Konvicted album.
The Boys then
"Lucky Charm" from Messages From the Boys
Performing "Dial My Heart" on Oprah
Hakeem with the Gambian youth (yute):
Hakeem doing "shout outs"
Tajh greeting the people
The Suns in Gambia
On some non-lechery, they look really happy. Much success, fellas. (And for those of you reading this, support them.)