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Refusing to rest on their laurels they would soon be back in the studio and within a year released their second LP " Song of the Breeze" which featured the runaway hit "Igbaraka Bilum"(below). Sang in vernacular it is a satirical examination of the normally huge bride price requirement expected among the Igbo, only this time it speaks about the lack thereof from a certain suitor. It was highly well received and continued with the popularity of such songs sang in Igbo as trailed blazed by Semi Colon's "Isi Agboncha" from a year or two before.
"Advice" their third album was also a monumental success with a potpourri of subject matter and different styles of writing. While both "She's my Choice" (below) and "Mr Begger" are the clear-cut hits here, the album is embedded with many other gems in the deep tracks making clearly a solid gold album.
By 1979 it was clear that the band was becoming more spiritual and it was reflected in the content of the fourth effort titled "Fire in a Jar". By this time Disco, Funk and Jazz were in full bloom as was Reggae. Fela had also literally exploded and the general audience had started exploring these new platforms costing not just Sweet Breeze her usual numbers, but other bands in the Afro-rock genre as well.
In 1980 the band would coin its last album as Sweet Breeze, before splitting up and trying to stage a muted comeback as the for mentioned Esby Family. It was called "Sweet Home" but could not match the vibrancy and euphoric delivery of the first three albums.
As we now in the present tense, fondly look back at the past, it is clear that Sweet Breeze remains one of the better bands that help provide the songs that made up the soundtrack of their lives.
While radio today has been overrun by Rap and Afrobeats it is sad that we rarely hear these old school tracks anymore. And when we do, they are not played enough but have now been relegated to Point & Kill joints or Nkwobi Spots where the older generations can still venture, gulp icy beer, their spicy fare and reminisce when the music was still as sweet as the evening breeze on a hot summer day.