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.

Jonathan Meets With Nigerian Entertainment Practitioners

jonathanIt was a big weekend for entertainers in the country as they got to meet with the Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan.

Practitioners of different arms of entertainment including movies, music, comedy and fashion rolled out the drums to welcome President Jonathan to the Showbiz Interactive Session with Mr President which was held in Lagos, south-west Nigeria.

The evening, which was laced with performances from some of the biggest names in Nigerian entertainment, hit a crescendo when President Jonathan joined in to show his own reggae dance moves alongside Raggae legend, Ras Kimono.

After the various displays, they got to the most important agenda of a heart to heart talk with President Jonathan, where several members of the audience randomly took turns to ask the President questions.

Members of the industry asked the President how he intends to bring out the best from the sector.

Most of the speakers appreciated the President for showing support to the industry over the years but like Oliver Twist, they asked for more.

It appeared, however, that what troubles players in the Nigerian creative industry the most is the scourge of piracy, which the President promised to tackle as he seeks reelection.

After the interactive session, the President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Ibinabo Fiberesima, led out a team to pay tribute to the Nigerian troops bringing peace to the disturbed north-east region of Nigeria.

Nigerian Dancers Thrill Audience At Britain’s Got Talent

Two female Nigerian Dancers and a South African dancer came on stage and danced to Iyanya’s Kukere and D’banj’s Oliver Twist.

The dancers thrilled the audience including Simon Cowell with their performance at Britain’s Got Talent; their performances got them to the next stage.