Dbanj Biography Biography– Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo popularly known by his stage name D’banj is a Nigerian musician, singer, songwriter, rapper, entrepreneur, and television personality. He got his stage name D’banj, as a combination of his first name, Dapo, and his surname Oyebanjo, he is also called the Kokomaster or Bangalee.
Dbanj Biography And Early life
D’banj, also known as the Kokomaster or Bangalee, 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.Dbanj has twins as siblings,Taiwo and Kehinde Oyebanjo is the wife of Oladotun kayode of cool fm(DO2TUN) while Kehinde is the popular singer also known as.
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 realized 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, 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 for a breakthrough 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.”
Don Jazzy told Kokomaster he thought he was a star in the making, and sensing that the music scene in Nigeria was “blossoming”, the pair returned to Lagos in 2005. That same year came the single “Tongolo”; the video was paid for by D’Banj’s mother. It became an instant hit, and gained wide acclaim across the country. His first endorsement was with an energy drink called Power Fist.
Dbanj Biography/Music career
As a tribute to his mentor Fela, D’banj uses a fusion of Afrobeat and Afropop to bring his music to life and into the 21st century with breathless enthusiasm as well as a good dose of humour. 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.
2005: No Long Thing
D’banj’s debut album, No Long Thing, was released in 2005. It yielded several singles with Tongolo as the lead single. This proved to be his breakthrough single and a hit. It also provided his Koko Master persona, with the term, koko, taking on a variety of meanings. D’banj’s debut success led to collaborations with other artists, including Dare Art Alade and Ikechukwu. D’Banj’s single koko was used by the PDP (ruling political party in Nigeria) as its campaign theme for the 2007 general elections.
2006: Rundown Funk U Up
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 hit.
2007–2008: Curriculum Vitae & The Entertainer
D’banj, as an artist of Mo’ Hits Records, is also a member of its collective group, Mo’ Hits Allstars (includes artists Dr SID, Wande Coal, KaySwitch, and D’Prince). He has once been spotted with one of Nigeria’s most talented singers, “Smile Lasisi”. The collective’s debut album, Curriculum Vitae, was released in December 2007. It included hit singles, “Be Close To You”, “Booty Call” and “Move Your Body”, which was the lead single. D’banj was featured in Ikechukwu’s 2008 hit, “Wind Am Well”.
July 2008 saw the release of D’banj’s third album, The Entertainer, with the singles “Gbono Feli Feli”, “Kimon”, “Olorun Maje” and “Entertainer”.
In June 2011, D’banj was signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D 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.
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 and Deevee.
Sony Entertainment Deal
In December 2012, D’banj signed a mega deal with Sony. Speaking on the importance of the deal to Sony, the managing director of Sony Music Entertainment, Sean Watson, said: “Partnering with D’Banj is a seminal event for us at Sony Music Entertainment Africa. We’ve always admired his talent and to be able to assist with bringing D’Banj’s music to millions of fans, established and new, across the continent is an honour for us. We are very excited about being a part of it.”
The deal was described as a “Pan African, multi-album deal with Sony Music’s RCA Records. It also involves an exclusive management deal with Sony Music and strategic partner ROCKSTAR4000 for the continent. Add to that a multi-album, worldwide exclusive contract with emerging Nigerian singer-songwriter star Kayswitch and a strategic partnership with D’Banj’s Nigerian record label DB Records”.
The forthcoming single “Bother You”, inspired by the film Half of a Yellow Sun, was released on 7 April 2013, by Mi7 Records and D’banj’s label DKM Media. In June 2014, D’banj introduced artists under his record label, which includes him, younger brother Kay Switch, brothers MossKriss and Ralph Kriss and Tonto Dikeh Ebeneztizzy.
He released the album titled King Don Come, with guest features from the likes of Gucci Mane, Wande Coal, Harry Songs, Bucie, Busiswa etc. in August. The album includes singles ‘It’s Not A Lie’, ‘El Chapo as well as his 2012 mega hit ‘Oliver Twist’.
With D’banj’s first album came his first endorsement from an energy drink called Power Fist. In May 2013, D’banj was named the Bank of Industry (BOI) ambassador. In November 2013, D’banj re-signed a multi-million Naira deal with Globacom, the company he parted ways with in 2010. In June 2014 D’Banj Secures Deal With Heritage Bank. In October 2014, D’banj was named the official African ambassador for Beats by Dre.
In February 2015, D’banj was named the official African ambassador for Ciroc Nigeria. In an exclusive story on Tush Magazine Issue 11, Banky W and Dbanj shed more lights on how they became Ciroc Ambassadors. In September 2015, D’banj was made the brand ambassador of SLOT, a popular mobile phone, and electronic gadget retail outfit. Dbanj is now among the richest Hip-Hop artists in Nigeria.
Dbanj Biography And Net Worth
D banj has put in a lot of work in his career and his achievement so far is as a result of his consistency, he is estimated to worth about 5.8 billion naira in 2020. He has bagged so many endorsements deals in his career, which include, re-signing a multi-million Naira deal with Globacom in November 2013, In June 2014 D’Banj Signed a Deal With Heritage Bank. In October 2014, D’banj was named the official African ambassador for Beats by Dre.In February 2015, D’banj was named the official African ambassador for Ciroc Nigeria, in September 2015, D’banj was made the brand ambassador of SLOT, He is now among the richest artists in Nigeria.
He is the founder of the Koko Foundation for Youth and Peace Development. He is Nigeria’s first United Nations Youth Ambassador for Peace. Dbanj is also a ONE AFRICA campaign ambassador; he released the song “Cocoa Na Chocolate” in support of agricultural investments. The song featured 18 other African artists and won Best African Collaboration at the All Africa Music Awards in 2014.
In 2015, he was given credit by the World Bank Chief, Jim Yong Kim for using his music power, platform, and celebrity status to bringing attention to serious and crucial issues in Africa with a special focus on agricultural development and poverty alleviation.
Dbanj Biography And Cars
Dbanj in his career has acquired a lot of luxury cars for himself, he has high test and he is a lover of automobiles which makes him a motorhead, here are list and worth of cars he has got so far.
Dbanj A 2015 Porsche Carrera – ₦33.2million
He got himself this car after he signed an endorsement deal with SLOT,he love driving this car around the street.
- The car features a 350-560hp
- Curb weight: 3,042-3,693lbs
- Wheelbase: 96.46-96.73”
- Engine: 3.4 L 6-cylinder, 3.8 L 6-cylinde
Dbanj Ferrari F430 – #68million
- This nice car features a 490 to 503 hp
- Curb weight: 2,975 to 3,351 lbs.
- Engine:4.3 L V8
Two Aston Martin Vantage – ₦50 Million Each
A Bentley – ₦108m
This is the second most expensive luxury cars owned by dbanj it features a 6.0L twin-turbocharged W12 engine, an output of 552 hp and torque of 650 lb-ft.
D’banj got himself this Rolls Royce phantom to mark 39th birthday, this is the most expensive car he has in his garage.
Range Rover SUV
Rumors had it that Dbanj bought this nice car as a gift to his artist cheeky chizzy in 2019.
A Mercedes Benz Amg GT – ₦53.2 Million
This is a green car with nice interior, he used it in one of his music video shoot.
A Harley Davidson Bike – #2.3 Million
This is an American made luxury bike; he uses it for sport most times.
Two Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Worth ₦30 Million – ₦52 Million Each
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