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Friday, 4 January 2013
D’banj: Dapo Oyebanjo, Biography, Musicm, Awards & Life Style
Dapo Oyebanjo born and named as Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo and popularly know as ‘D’banj’ is a Nigerian Celebrity with lots of accolade to his name. He is a harmonica player and a good singer-songwriter with lots of award winnings songs such as‘No Long Thing’, ‘Oliver Twist’, D’banj’s debut album in 2005.
Full name of D’banj is Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo;
Date of Birth: June 9, 1980 in Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria;
Enrolled at Nigerian Military School at age eleven;
Secondary School: Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Ibara, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria;
University: Mechanical Engineering from UNILAG (Lagos State University).
D’Banj Music career:
2005 – D’banj debut album titled ‘No Long Thing’ was released. This album yielded several singles, with Tongolo as the lead single. This proved to be his breakthrough single and a hit for him. It also provided his Koko Master persona, with the term, koko, taking on a variety of meanings. D’banj’s debut success led him to collaborate with other artists such as Dare Art-Alade.
2006 – D’banj’s second album, ‘Rundown Funk U Up’, which was released in 2006, yielded several singles including the club single, Tongolo (Remix) and the lead single, Why Me?. This proved to be another great hit in D’banj’s career.
2007–2008: Curriculum Vitae & The Entertainer;
2010: ‘Mr Endowed’ and ‘Scapegoat’
2012: Oliver Twist;
In addition to his career above, D’banj has many award and accolades to his name and some of them are listed below:
Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007
Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2008
Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009
BET Awards of 2011 for Best International Act; Africa
D’banj is a founder of Koko Foundation for Youth and Peace Development. He is also Nigeria’s first United Nations Youth Ambassador for Peace.
In 2012, Dapo ‘D’banj’ Oyebanjo split from the Mo Hits Record crew and joined the G.O.O.D Music family under Kanye West and was signed to Mercury Records, an imprint in the UK under the Mercury Records Group of Universal Music UK.
No Long Thing (2005) Rundown Funk U Up (2006) The Entertainer (2008) Mr Endowed (To be released in between 2012/2013)
D’banj Singles includes:
Tongolo ft tola HU (2005) Socor (2005) Mobolowowon (2005) Run Down (2006) Why Me (2006) Move Your Body (featuring Wande Coal) (2007) Kimon (2008) Olorun Maje (2008) Gbono Fele (2008) Entertainer (2008) Suddenly (2008) Fall In Love (2008) Igwe (2008) Scapegoat (2009) Mr Endowed (2010) Mr Endowed Remix (featuring Snoop Dogg) (2010) Oliver Twist (2011)
D’banj Featured singles includes:
Wind Am Well (Ikechukwu featuring Don Jazzy & D’banj) (2008) Give It to Me (D’prince featuring D’banj) (2010) Fi Mi Le (Kas featuring D’banj & Tu Face)