Wike Seeks Career Opportunities For Rivers Youths As D’Banj Visits

Pop star, Daniel Oyebanji (D’banj) with Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and another artiste, Duncan Mighty at the Government House in Port Harcourt on Monday.

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, says the state government will work with ace musician, Daniel Oyebanjo known as D’banj to create opportunities for young musicians in the state. 

Wike stated this on Monday while receiving D’banj at the Government House in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

“We as a government will not fail to partner with you in whichever form that will help to empower the youths in the state,” he said.

According to the governor, musicians operating in the state are constrained with the opportunity to exhibit their talent at the international stage, reiterating his administration’s commitment to work with different international musicians and producers to resolve the challenge of opportunities.

“Part of the problems we have in this part of the world is the opportunities that our youths lack. Our youths don’t have the opportunities to showcase their potentials,” he stated.

Wike commended D’banj for contributing his own quota to the growth of the society by ensuring that youths are productive.

“Let me use this opportunity to thank you for what you are doing to empower the youths.  So many have had the opportunity you have but may not have used it to empower the youths. What you are doing is commendable and I urge you to continue,” he ended.

Responding, D’banj commiserated with the governor over the loss of the State’s Attorney-General, Emmanuel Aguma.

The Popular Musician also commended the governor for his developmental strides that have transformed the State.

On creation of music opportunities for the youths, the ‘Oliver Twist’ crooner informed Wike that he runs a music platform called CREAM which is  designed specifically to empower the youths and give them opportunities.

Dbanj, who was accompanied on the visit by Port Harcourt-based International Music Star, Duncan Mighty, later visited the Rex Lawson Cultural Centre in Port Harcourt.

Most Nigerian Record Label Owners Know Nothing About Music – Dbanj

Nigerian Hip Hop artiste, Banji Oladapo, popularly known as Dbanj on Wednesday took a swipe at music record label owners in Nigeria. 

Also known as the Kokomaster, Dbanj who was one of the panelist discussing the topic, ‘Changing The Game: Artistes As Leaders’ at the 2018 Social Media Week Lagos, said music record label owners in Nigeria know nothing about the music business.

He said further that one of the challenges confronting the growth of Nigerian Music Industry is that Nigerian artistes lack capacity building.

“Most of the new generation record labels are founded by Yahoo boys. You must understand first, why are you coming into music.

“Nigerian artistes need a lot of capacity building. It is only in Nigeria that the owner of a record label doesn’t know anything about music.”

The Oliver Twist crooner also explained how he ventured into music, attributing it to the fear of poverty.

Despite hitting some people in the music industry hard, Dbanj encouraged young and upcoming artistes about building their brand.

According to him, being a brand is not a day’s job it is a daily and deliberate effort that involves evolving.

“Just like any product, you must always evolve. The fear of being poor made me think outside the box. This is one of the factors that drove me into music,” he said.

Dbanj speaking during the SMW

 

Also known as Eja Nla (Big Fish) by his fans, Dbanj is ready to swim in the digital space where he believes the future lies.

He called on business owners and investors to promote Nigerian music through collaborations and partnership.

Dbanj rose to prominence on the imprint of  Mo’Hits record label which started in 2004, founded by Don Jazzy.

The label would grow to have a crew comprising of, in addition to Don Jazzy and D’Banj, Wande Coal, Dr. Sid, K-Switch, Ikechukwu and D’Prince.

It, however, collapsed to the annoyance of fans when Dbanj and Don Jazzy painfully split in 2012 over internal disagreements.

Dbanj later started his own record label, DB records.

Music Review: Six Songs With Unforgettable Beats

The Nigerian music industry has witnessed a great bloom over the years birthing artistes with blooming careers. This has made Nigerian hip hop artistes take their music from Nigeria, Africa to the global stage leaving indelible rhythm in the heart of fans all over the world.

Looking back over a decade, we bring you a chart of some of the notable music with resonating and unique beats and instrumentals. This list is judged based on the available production quality popularity at the time of release.

9ice – ‘Gongo Aso’

On the sixth spot is 2008’s title track form 9ice’s sophomore album Gongo Aso. Produced by the dexterous ID Cabasa, the heavy dance provoking track rode on a strong baseline accompanied by very pronounced keys. The track catapulted 9ice into the elites club and won him numerous recognitions and awards including a MOBO awards for Best African Acts and six awards at the Hip-Hop World Awards in 2009 now known as Headies.

ID Cabasa also walked away with the coveted producer of the year statuette.

 

 

Davido – ‘Dami duro’

On the fifth spot has Davido’s 2012 sophomore but break-in single ‘Dami-Duro. The Shizzy produced track did not only launch the career of Davido but also introduced his young producer sidekick.

The opening electronic-disco sound generated from fruity-loops soon meets with hard banging baselines to make it almost impossible to not move the body in sync when the track plays. dami-duro later earned two nomination at the headies in the song of the year and best pop single categories.

 

 

D’banj and Don Jazzy – ‘Oliver Twist’

In the fourth spot is arguably the first Nigerian hip-hop track to receive airplay on mainstream radio in the United Kingdom. The combination of D’banj and Don jazzy has created a lot of hits for the Nigerian music industry but the creation of the 2012 track ‘Oliver Twist’ was on another level.

The track rode on a partially hypnotic, afro beat meets hip-hop riff to create it’s near impossible to resist the hip-shaking melody. The track earned two nominations at the world music awards while winning the top prizes at the Channel O music awards and the Headies.


CDQ – ‘Say Baba’

In the third spot is CDQ’s crazy dance and raunchy track ‘Say Baba’ produced by the usual suspect Master craft. The three seconds loop sequence appears like just another ordinary beats with varying octave.

It however continues to enchant listeners in a manner that even long after the song has stopped playing; the beat is still ringing in the head.

 

 

Banky W – Strong Thing

The second spot takes us back to 2009 at a time when the Nigerian music mainstream is dominated by the Reggaeton sequence made popular by Jamaican reggae artiste.

Out from the blues, Bankole Welligton more popularly known as Banky W released the R&B track ‘Strong Thing’ to wide critical and commercial success.

The Cobhams Asuquo produced track sits right at the top echelon of Nigerian music during its era not only for its uniqness but also quality. The sombre feel of the Chinese flute instrumentals dominates the head bumping rhythm in a manner that carries the entire song from top to bottom.

 

 

Idris AbdulKareem – Nigeria Jaga Jaga

For the number one spot we roll way back to 2004 for Eedris Abdulkareem’s controversial track, ‘Jaga-jaga’.

The track rode on a clap-beat mash as soft accompanying keys. This was at a period when beat and song sampling was a big deal among emerging Nigerian acts. The then Kennis music acts still put out a track that eventually dominated the airwaves for a long time.

Fans React As Don Jazzy, D’banj Reunite At Davido’s Concert

These recent weeks have witnessed a milestone in Nigeria’s music industry.

From Falz Experience to Wizkid Concert, Adekunle Gold’s One Night Stand and then Davido’s 30billion concert, its been all about reunion and show of love.

Fans who attended Davido’s concert on Wednesday, December 27 were obviously thrilled by Davido’s reunion with Wizkid. They took to social media to express excitement.

 

A major highlight of the 30billion concert was the performance of the Legendary group, MoHit group marking their reunion.

Mohit started in 2004 with D’banj signed as its first recording artist. The crew which comprises of Don Jazzy, D’Banj, Wande Coal, Dr. Sid, K-Switch, Ikechukwu and D’Prince, went on a painful split in 2012 over several internal disagreements.

They however took fans by surprise when Davido decided to bring all the Mo’Hit stars on stage to perform some of their hit songs at yesterday’s concert.

See some of the tweets of exciting reactions below:

D’banj Drops Art Work, Holds Listening Party For ‘KingDonCome’

Musician, Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, popularly known as D’banj has revealed the new artwork for his latest album ‘King Don Come’.

The entertainer who was at Los Angeles for an exclusive listening party of the album shared photos of himself with celebrities such as Blac Chyna.

Asides, music, D’banj who recently became a father, has been focussing on his talent hunt project, ‘Cream’, which he announced in 2016, after having risen to the pinnacle of the Nigerian music industry on the back of five albums.

‘KingDonCome’ will officially be released on July 7, 2017, the singer said.

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D’banj Celebrates Children’s Day With Newborn Son

Nigerian entertainer, Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, A.K.A D’banj, is celebrating this year’s children’s day in grand style as he welcomed his first child into the world on Friday.

The ‘Koko Master’ as he is popularly known, took to Instagram to wish children across the world happy celebrations while also expressing profound joy over his newborn son, Daniel Oyebanjo, nicknamed Daniel D’ Third.

While he has chosen to keep much of his private life private, the internationally recognised award winner has been focussing on his talent hunt project, ‘Cream’, which he announced in 2016, after having risen to the pinnacle of the Nigerian music industry on the back of five albums.

Read Also: Koko Master D’banj, Launches Talent Hunt Project, ‘Cream

Leave If He Hits You, D’banj Advises Women

dbanj, koko master, talent haunt project, cream,Nigerian celebrities including music star, Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, a.k.a D’banj, have charged their followers to speak against domestic violence and quit abusive relationships.

The move follows the increase in reported cases of domestic violence even among A-list celebrities in the entertainment industry.

In the past few months, stars including actress Tonto Dikeh and more recently, Mercy-Aigbe have admitted to being victims of abusive partners.

In a series of tweets, D’banj called on women to leave abusive men, who he described as “beasts”.

Koko Master D’banj, Launches Talent Hunt Project, ‘Cream’

dbanj, koko master, talent haunt project, cream, Internationally recognised award winner and entertainer, Dapo Oyebanjo, globally known as Dbanj (Koko-master), has announced the roll out of his latest talent hunt project, ‘Cream’, to reward young creative minds in the Nigerian entertainment industry.

The singer, songwriter and self-proclaimed ‘koko master’ grew through the ranks within the Nigerian music sphere, beginning with his debut single ‘tongolo’ in 2005.

Having risen to the pinnacle of the Nigerian music industry on the back of five albums, the former MO’hits man announced that his new mission was to nurture budding talents in Nigeria.

According to him, talents are everywhere and in order to reach out to them, he created the platform that would bring young talents together from far and wide.

Working with him to achieve this is American talent manager, Tonya Merritt, who had worked with American talents, including 2 Chainz, Idriss Elba and many others.

koo master, dbanj, cream, talent haunt project

Merritt believes Nigeria boasts of talented individuals who are capable of ruling the music world.

In June 2011, D’banj and his then music partner, Don Jazzy signed to American music imprint ‘Good Music’ owned by multiple grammy award winner Kanye West.

A deal which was believed to eventually lead to the breakup of MO’hits, their own indigenous record label.

Today, artists like Tiwa Savage, David O and Wizkid also brag about gaining the attention of international audience.

D’banj’s latest single ‘If No Be God’, gives a different vibe from the typical dance-oriented D’banj’s songs.

‘ONE’ Begins ‘Make Naija Stronger’ Campaign

BonoInternational rock star from the Irish band U2 Paul David Hewson,  popularly known as Bono is back in Nigeria for the second time.

The front-man, whose band has earned critical acclaim over its 40 years of making rock music, is visiting not for musical endeavors, but to promote his non-partisan advocacy group ONE Campaign.

The campaign seeks to help fight extreme poverty in Africa and has successfully run campaigns including with some top Nigerian artistes including D’banj, Omotola Jalade-Ekehinde, Waje and other notable entertainers.

With ONE’s activities in Nigeria going a notch higher with this campaign, it also welcomes Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote on its board in Nigeria.

Mr. Dangote joins other world celebrities including Bill Gates on the board of the group, which has about 7 million members worldwide, with more than a third of that membership coming from Nigeria.

The Make Naija Stronger campaign seeks to raise public awareness and pressure political leaders to support policies and programmes that are saving lives and improving futures.

D’banj Releases EP Visuals

D'banjAfro-pop singer, Dapo Oyebanjo better known by his stage name D’banj, has released a visual EP album of seven songs.

D’banj also presented the visuals to selected music lovers in Lagos.

To mark his 10th anniversary as an entertainer, the self proclaimed Koko Master on the new EP, is the track ‘Confidential’ which features Hollywood actor, Idris Elber and rapper, Shadow Boxer.

The song arrived amidst wide controversies, as the song was first released in 2012 as a Shadow Boxer’s song which featured D’banj.

Over the course of his ten year career, D’banj had taken detours into other forms of businesses including merchandising, promoting agriculture and music retailing amongst others.

The erstwhile Mo’hits singer believed these were necessary detours to sustain his art even if sometimes, may be a cause of distraction from his music.

In 2011, the singer alongside his Mo’hits partner, Don Jazzy, signed to Grammy winner, Kanye West’s Good Music record label.

Shortly after, he broke away from Don Jazzy in a widely publicised and controversial manner.

D’banj also unceremoniously, left the American record label which many critics suggested never added much to his career.

His Mo’hits partnership with Don Jazzy produced some of the biggest music in mainstream Nigerian music while it lasted, including the European hit, ‘Oliver Twist’, which forced fans to wish for a reunion.

D’banj revealed that he already had a couple of tracks recorded with his old partner and might release some soon.

In an exclusive interview with Channels Television’s Entertainment News, D’banj said that in his happy go-lucky demeanour, he ranted about the constant call from fans for a work with Don Jazzy.

D’banj Celebrates 10th Year Anniversary

dbanjD’Banj, also known as the KokoMaster, celebrated his 10th year in the music industry and to kick-off the anniversary was a party at Ocean view which was hosted by Vixen Amber Rose.

D’banj fans created a lot of buzz in anticipation of the event.

The party had several industry colleagues in attendance such as Banky W, Praiz, Lami Phillips, Yvonne Ekwere, Kemi Adetiba, Toke Makinwa, Tola Odunsi, Ehiz, Shaydee, Charles Ahize, Wizkid, Davido, Phyno, Seyi Shay, Iceberg Slim, Emmanuel Ikubese, Lisa Omoridon, Kayswitch, Orezi, Toolz, Oritsefemi, Yvonne Ekwere, Sharon Ojong, Efe Tommy, Omowunmi Akinifesi, Zaina, Osi Suave, Fade Ogunro, Leslie Okoye, DJ Spinall, Sensei Uche, Adams, Jimmie and many more.

Checkout some photos from the event below!

Banky w at Dbanj 10th anniversary party Davido at Dbanj 10th anniversary party Wizkid at Dbanj 10th anniversary party Amber Rose in Nigeria, Dbanj Lami Phillips at Dbanj 10th anniversary party Praiz Sheyi-Shay at Dbanj 10th anniversary party

Don Jazzy To Work With D’Banj On 10th Music Anniversary

DonJazzy DbanjTwo years after the controversial breakup of their Mo’ Hits record imprint, hip hop music heavyweights D’Banj and Don Jazzy will be reuniting to make new music.

The two former friends and music partners, who have since gone ahead to form different record labels, would be working together on a couple of tracks to celebrate D’banj’s 10th year musical anniversary.

According to an insider, the track would be for a D’Banj album which is expected to drop soon.

It is however, yet unclear if the album would receive any input from other former Mo’ Hits artistes including Wande coal, D’Prince and Dr. Sid.