Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo professionally known as D’banj, is a Nigerian musician, singer, songwriter, rapper, entrepreneur.. He has won Numerous music awards, including the awards for Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007, award of best Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009,award of Best International Act: Africa at the 2011 BET Awards, and award of Best-selling African Artist at the 2014 World Music,and award Evolution at the 2015 MTV Africa music .. He got the stage name D’banj, a combination of his first name, Dapo, and his surname, Oyebanjo. D’banj is currently best known internationally for his 2012 summer hit “Oliver Twist“, an uptempo dance fusion of Afro beats and electronic dance music that topped the African charts in 2011 and was a top 10 hit in the UK singles chart in 2012 reaching No.
He was born on 9 June 1980 in Zaria, the northern part of Nigeria to a military officer who commanded an artillery regiment and a devout church dignitary businesswoman who hailed from Shagamu in Ogun State. Due to his father’s profession he moved several times within Nigeria and later moved to England. D’banj was expected to follow his father’s military career and was enrolled to the Nigerian Military School at age eleven. However, D’banj resisted the system and disenrolled from the school after three years. While at the Military school he was a member of the elite drum corp of the Nigerian Army. From the Nigerian Military School he proceeded to another military owned institution Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Ibara, Abeokuta where he was a church worker. There he completed his secondary school education. D’banj, also known as the Kokomaster or Bangalee.
A tribute to his mentor Fela, D’banj uses a fusion of Afro beat and Afro pop to bring his music to life and into the 21st century with breathless enthusiasm as well as a good dose of humor. His songs are based on his life, often hilarious but with a deeper meaning which documents the struggle of a young Nigerian trying to achieve his dreams. He performs in Yoruba, English and Pidgin English. D’banj was introduced to the harmonica by his late older brother, Femi Oyebanjo, who died in a plane crash at age seventeen. With D’banj’s love for music being greater than his parents’ military aspirations, he struggled for his parents’ approval; this can be best heard through an album track, All Da Way from his debut album.
Following the death of his 17-year-old brother, D’banj arranged all his possessions on his bed after they were brought home and just picked up his harmonica. I’d play it to remember him.” Later, at university, he realised the potential of his new skills with the instrument. “I’d go to the female hostel after lectures, and even if there was no electricity I could play there.” He remembers learning Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” after Titanic came out – “and that got me a lot of girls!” D’banj then proceeded to study mechanical engineering at the Lagos State University to, but due to the constant strikes and several irregularities in the school he decided to withdraw. Plans to continue his studies as a mechanical engineer in London were derailed when he arrived in the UK in 2001, and met Don Jazzy who was trying to make it as a songwriter and producer. D’Banj started hanging around the studio, making ends meet while working as a security guard. “It was OK, because I did nights,” he says, “so I could listen to music on my headphones.” source wikipedia.
Mo’Hits&GOOD Music ; In June 2011, D’banj was signed to Kanye West’s GOOD Music record label as an artiste. On 9 June 2011, D’banj wrote on his Twitter account, @iamdbanj, “Just like yesterday, myself and my brother did Tongolo. 7 years later, Mo’Hits signs with GOOD Music. Best Birthday gift ever. God thank you.In September 2016, it was announced D’banj was released from GOOD Music.
Mo’Hits break-up; After several months of speculation and wild rumors, ace producer, Don Jazzy confirmed via his Twitter account the break-up of Mo’Hits. After the break-up, Don Jazzy, D’Prince, Dr SID, Wande Coal started Mavin Records while D’banj founded DB Records and as expected, he signed his younger brother Kayswitch to the label alongside two producers, Jaysleek / Deevee.
Dbanj revealed for the first time that he had a son, Daniel III, with his wife Lineo Didi Kilgrow, whom he married in June 2016. d’banj and wife lineo didi kilgrow welcomed a new born boy on 19 September 2019, d’banj later confirm the birth of his son on 20 October 2019 in Beverly Hills California, USA on instagram stating “back on my daddy duties, everything is ok, able God”.
“Tongolo” (featuring Tola HU)
“Mobolowowon” 2006 “Run Down (Funk U Up)
“Why Me” 2007 ”
Tongolo Remix” 2008
“Gbono Feli Feli”
“Fall in Love”
2009 “Scapegoat” 2010
“Mr Endowed (Remix)”(featuring Snoop Dogg) 2012
“Cashflow” (D’banj featuring Kay Switch)
“Sister Caro” (Kay Switch featuring D’banj) 2013
“Don’t Tell Me Nonsense”
“Top of the World”
“Feeling the Nigga”2015
“Feeling a Nikka” (Remix) (with Akon)
“Frosh” (featuring Akon) 2016
“Its Not a Lie”
“El Chapo” 2018
“Shake It” (featuring Tiwa savage)
Birth name —————Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo
Born 9 June 1980 ————Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria
Genres ——– Afrobeatspophip hopR&B
Occupation(s) ——Musiciansingersongwriterrapperentrepreneurtelevision personality
Years active ————2004–present
Labels ————DB RecordsDkm MediaGOOD MusicMercurySony Music EntertainmentROCKSTAR4000 RCA
Associated acts——— Olamide, Kay switch