Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo (conceived 9 June 1980), known by his stage name D’banj, is a Nigerian artist, vocalist, lyricist, business visionary, TV character, and rapper. He has won a few music grants, including the honors for Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007, Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009, Best International Act: Africa at the 2011 BET Awards, and Best-offering African Artist at the 2014 World Music Awards, Evolution grant at the 2015 MTV Africa Music grants
He received the stage name D’banj, a blend of his first name, Dapo, and his surname, Oyebanjo. D’banj is as of now best known universally for his 2012 summer hit “Oliver Twist”, an uptempo move combination of Afrobeat and electronic move music that beat the African diagrams 2011 and was a main 10 hit in the UK singles outline in 2012 coming to No. 2 on the UK R&B graph. Starting at 2016, D’banj is positioned to be the most extravagant solo performer in Nigeria as per T.I.N Magazine.
Music career Edit
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 short of breath energy and also a decent portion of cleverness. His melodies depend on his life, regularly humorous yet with a more profound significance which reports the battle of a youthful Nigerian attempting to accomplish his fantasies. He performs in Yoruba, English and Pidgin English.
2005: No Long Thing Edit
D’banj’s presentation collection, No Long Thing, was discharged in 2005. It yielded a few singles with Tongolo as the lead single. This turned out to be his leap forward single and a hit. It additionally given his Koko Master persona, with the term, koko, going up against an assortment of implications. D’banj’s presentation achievement prompted coordinated efforts with different specialists, including Dare Art Alade and Ikechukwu. D’Banj’s single koko was utilized by the PDP (administering political gathering in Nigeria) as its crusade topic for the 2007 general decisions.
2006: Rundown Funk U Up Edit
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 ended up being another hit.
2007– 2008: Curriculum Vitae and The Entertainer Edit
D’banj, as a craftsman of Mo’ Hits Records, is likewise an individual from its aggregate gathering, Mo’ Hits Allstars (incorporates craftsmen Dr SID, Wande Coal, KaySwitch, and D’Prince). He has once been spotted with one of Nigeria’s most gifted vocalists, “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”.
July 2008 saw the arrival of D’banj’s third collection, The Entertainer, with the singles “Gbono Feli”, “Kimon”, “Olorun Maje” and “Entertainer”.
Mo’Hits/G.O.O.D. Music Edit
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.”
In September 2016, it was reported D’banj was discharged from GOOD Music.
Mo’Hits break-up Edit
Following a while of theory and wild gossipy tidbits, pro 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 begun Mavin Records while D’banj established DB Records and not surprisingly, he marked his more youthful sibling Kayswitch to the name nearby two makers, Jaysleek and Deevee.
Sony Entertainment Deal Edit
In December 2012 D’banj marked a super manage 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 constantly appreciated his ability and to have the capacity to help with conveying D’Banj’s music to a great many fans, set up and new, over the landmass is a respect for us. We are exceptionally 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 key accomplice ROCKSTAR4000 for the landmass. Add to that a multi-collection, overall selective contract with rising Nigerian artist musician star Kayswitch and a key organization with D’Banj’s Nigerian record mark DB Records”.
The prospective single “Trouble You”, enlivened by the film Half of a Yellow Sun, was discharged on 7 April 2013, by Mi7 Records and D’banj’s mark DKM. In June 2014 D’banj presented craftsmen under his record name, which incorporates him, more youthful sibling K-Switch, siblings MossKriss and Ralph Kriss and Tonto Dikeh and Ebenez Tizzy.
He discharged the collection titled King Don Come, with visitor highlights from any semblance of Gucci Mane, Wande Coal, Harry Songs, Bucie, Busiswa and so forth in August. The collection incorporates singles ‘It is anything but A Lie’, ‘El Chapo and his 2012 super hit ‘Oliver Twist’.
Live performances Edit
He has performed at Femi Kuti’s new Afrikan Shrine in Ikeja, Lagos and also 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 worldwide craftsmen in Nigeria like Kelly Rowland at the first Edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards 2008 in Abuja, Nigeria. D’banj is a customary entertainer for the yearly ThisDay Africa Rising Music Festival.
He was associated with a standout amongst the most foreseen occasions of the season, ‘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. Of course, the hits simply continued coming and the force was supported with in front of an audience tricks from every one of the craftsmen. In December 2010, the Mo’ Hits All Stars conveyed Koko Concert to Lagos and D’banj continued belting out enthusiastic exhibitions that kept the gathering of people shouting. Partners like M.I, eLDee, Jesse Jagz, and Wizkid likewise signed up in front of an audience. There was additionally a worldwide debut of the exceptionally foreseen “Mr Endowed (Remix)” highlighting Snoop Dogg and furthermore an ongoing track “Point the finger at It on 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. He likewise performed at the AFCON 2013 shutting function held in South Africa. On 18 April 2015, D’banj performed at the Global national 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