D’banj Biography


Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo (brought into the world 9 June 1980), better known by his stage name D’banj, is a Nigerian performer, vocalist, musician, rapper, business visionary and TV character. He has won a few music grants, including the honors for Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007,[4] Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009,[5] Best International Act: Africa at the 2011 BET Awards, and Best-selling African Artist at the 2014 World Music Awards, Evolution grant at the 2015 MTV Africa Music grants

He embraced the stage name D’banj, a mix of his first name, Dapo, and his family name, Oyebanjo.[4] D’banj is presently most popular globally for his 2012 summer hit “Oliver Twist”, an uptempo move combination of Afrobeats and electronic move music that beat the African diagrams in 2011 and was a best 10 hit in the UK singles outline in 2012 coming to No. 2 on the UK R&B graph.


D’banj, otherwise called the Kokomaster or Bangalee, was conceived on 9 June 1980 in Zaria, the northern piece of Nigeria to a military official who told a gunnery regiment and a faithful church dignitary agent who hailed from Shagamu in Ogun State. Because of his dad’s calling he moved a few times inside Nigeria and later moved to England. D’banj was required to follow his dad’s military vocation and was enlisted to the Nigerian Military School at age eleven. Notwithstanding, D’banj opposed the framework and disenrolled from the school following three years. While at the Military school he was an individual from the world class drum corp of the Nigerian Army. From the Nigerian Military School he continued to another military claimed foundation Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Ibara, Abeokuta where he was a congregation laborer. There he finished his optional school education.[6]

Melodic start

D’banj was acquainted with the harmonica by his late more established sibling, Femi Oyebanjo, who kicked the bucket in a plane accident at age seventeen.[6] With D’banj’s affection for music being more noteworthy than his folks’ military yearnings, he battled for his folks’ endorsement; this can be best heard through a collection track, All Da Way from his introduction album.[4]

Following the passing of his 17-year-old sibling, D’banj orchestrated every one of his assets on his bed after they were brought home and just got his harmonica. I’d play it to recollect him.” Later, at college, he understood the capability of his new abilities with the instrument. “I’d go to the female lodging after talks, and regardless of whether there was no power I could play there.” He learned Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” after Titanic came out – “and that got me a ton of young ladies!”

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D’banj then continued to consider mechanical building at the Lagos State University to, yet because of the steady strikes and a few abnormalities in the school he chose to pull back. Plans to proceed with his investigations as a mechanical architect in London were crashed when he showed up in the UK in 2001, and met Don Jazzy who was attempting to make it as a lyricist and maker. D’Banj began staying nearby the studio, getting by while functioning as a security monitor. “It was OK, since I did evenings,” he says, “so I could tune in to music on my earphones.”

Wear Jazzy disclosed to D’Banj he thought he was a star really taking shape, and detecting that the music scene in Nigeria was “blooming”, the pair came back to Lagos in 2004. That equivalent year came the single “Tongolo”; the video was paid for by D’Banj’s mom. It turned into a moment hit,and increased wide approval the nation over. His first underwriting was with a caffeinated drink called Power Fist.[7]

Music vocation

As a tribute to his guide Fela, D’banj utilizes a combination of Afrobeat and Afropop to breath life into his music and into the 21st century with winded eagerness just as a decent portion of funniness. His melodies depend on his life, regularly entertaining however with a more profound importance which archives the battle of a youthful Nigerian attempting to accomplish his fantasies. He acts in Yoruba, English and Pidgin English.

2005: No Long Thing

D’banj’s introduction collection, No Long Thing, was discharged in 2005. It yielded a few singles with Tongolo as the lead single. This end up being his advancement single and a hit. It additionally gave his Koko Master persona, with the term, koko, taking on an assortment of implications. D’banj’s introduction achievement prompted coordinated efforts with different specialists, including Dare Art Alade and Ikechukwu. D’Banj’s single koko was utilized by the PDP (administering ideological group in Nigeria) as its battle subject for the 2007 general decisions.

2006: Rundown Funk U Up

D’banj’s second collection Rundown Funk U Up, which was discharged in 2006, yielded a few singles including the club single, Tongolo (Remix), and the lead single Why Me?. This end up being another hit.

2007–2008: Curriculum Vitae and The Entertainer

D’banj, as a craftsman of Mo’ Hits Records, is additionally an individual from its aggregate gathering, Mo’ Hits Allstars (incorporates specialists Dr SID, Wande Coal, KaySwitch, and D’Prince). He has once been spotted with one of Nigeria’s most capable artists, “Grin Lasisi”. The aggregate’s introduction collection, Curriculum Vitae, was discharged in December 2007. It included hit singles, “Be Close To You”, “Goods Call” and “Move Your Body”, which was the lead single. D’banj was highlighted in Ikechukwu’s 2008 hit, “Wind Am Well”.

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July 2008 saw the arrival of D’banj’s third collection, The Entertainer, with the singles “Gbono Feli”, “Kimon”, “Olorun Maje” and “Entertainer”.[8]

Mo’Hits/G.O.O.D. Music

In June 2011, D’banj was marked to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music record name as an artiste. On 9 June 2011, D’banj composed on his Twitter account, @iamdbanj, “Much the same as yesterday, myself and my sibling did Tongolo. after 7 years, Mo’Hits signs with GOOD Music. Best Birthday present ever. God thank you.”[9][10]

In September 2016, it was declared D’banj was discharged from GOOD Music.[11][12][13]

Mo’Hits separation

Following a while of hypothesis and wild bits of gossip, expert maker, Don Jazzy affirmed by means of his Twitter account the separation of Mo’Hits. After the separation, Don Jazzy, D’Prince, Dr SID, Wande Coal began Mavin Records[14] while D’banj established DB Records and true to form, he marked his more youthful sibling Kayswitch to the name close by two makers, Jaysleek and Deevee.[15]

Sony Entertainment Deal

In December 2012 D’banj marked a super arrangement with Sony. Talking on the significance of the arrangement to Sony, the overseeing chief of Sony Music Entertainment, Sean Watson, stated: “Joining forces with D’Banj is an original occasion for us at Sony Music Entertainment Africa. We’ve generally appreciated his ability and to have the option to help with carrying D’Banj’s music to a great many fans, set up and new, over the landmass is a respect for us. We are amped up for being a piece of it.”[This quote needs a citation]

The arrangement is being depicted as a “Dish African, multi-collection manage Sony Music’s RCA Records. It additionally includes a selective administration manage Sony Music and vital accomplice ROCKSTAR4000 for the mainland. Add to that a multi-collection, overall select agreement with rising Nigerian artist lyricist star Kayswitch and a key association with D’Banj’s Nigerian record mark DB Records”.[16]


The anticipated single “Trouble You”, motivated by the film Half of a Yellow Sun, was discharged on 7 April 2013, by Mi7 Records and D’banj’s mark DKM Media.[17] In June 2014 D’banj presented specialists under his record name, which incorporates him, more youthful sibling Kay Switch, siblings MossKriss and Ralph Kriss and Tonto Dikeh Ebeneztizzy.[18]


He discharged the collection named King Don Come, with visitor highlights from any semblance of Gucci Mane, Wande Coal, Harry Songs, Bucie, Busiswa and so on in August. The collection incorporates singles ‘It is anything but A Lie’, ‘El Chapo just as his 2012 super hit ‘Oliver Twist’.[19]

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Live exhibitions

He has performed at Femi Kuti’s new Afrikan Shrine in Ikeja, Lagos just as the Shrine Synchro System’s ordinary London Night at Cargo. He performed at the Black President Concert in memory of Fela’s craft and inheritance at the Barbican in London, and furthermore close by numerous global craftsmen in Nigeria like Kelly Rowland at the first Edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards 2008 in Abuja, Nigeria.[20] D’banj is an ordinary entertainer for the yearly ThisDay Africa Rising Music Festival.

He was engaged with one of the most foreseen occasions of the period, ‘Koko Concert’. This show comprised of D’Banj, Don Jazzy, Dr SID, Wande Coal, D’Prince in addition to a couple of visitor appearances including May7ven and comic Tunde Ednut. The stage was set for an exciting night – the Koko impact is certainly LIVE in London as aficionados of D’Banj and Mo’ Hits completely filled the O2 field. True to form, the hits simply continued coming and the energy was supported with in front of an audience tricks from all the craftsmen. In December 2010, the Mo’ Hits All Stars brought Koko Concert to Lagos[21] and D’banj continued belting out vigorous exhibitions that kept the crowd shouting. Associates like M.I, eLDee, Jesse Jagz, and Wizkid likewise signed up in front of an audience. There was likewise a worldwide debut of the exceptionally foreseen “Mr Endowed (Remix)” highlighting Snoop Dogg and furthermore an ongoing track “Accuse the Money” including the Californian local and Big Sean.

On 23 June 2012, D’banj performed at the Hackney Weekend to praise the 2012 Summer Olympics, which was featured by Jay-Z and Rihanna. He performed nearby his companion, and individual Universal Music Group name mate, Rita Ora on 30 August 2012 at the SCALA London Live Music, Clubs and Arts Venue to commend the arrival of her introduction collection Ora.[22] He likewise performed at the AFCON 2013 shutting service held in South Africa. On 18 April 2015, D’banj performed at the Global resident earth day a Free Concert on Capitol Hill (Washington Monument Grounds) for the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day put on by Global Poverty Project and the Earth Day Network[23]


With D’banj’s first collection came his first support


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