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.

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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.

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.