D’Banj’s grand return

The world gets set to receive series of works aimed at rejuvenating Dapo Oyebanjo’s career.

Oladapo Oyebanjo, the sensational music artiste also known as D’banj seems to have returned from oblivion after he was conspicuously missing from the top chart of Nigerian music industry. The Koko master is no doubt one of the most successful and prolific Nigerian musicians and has reigned in the industry for quite a long time with hits like Oliver Twist, Tongolo, Fall in Love, Scape Goat, Feeling the Nigga and other tracks that blared in most parties,clubs, and radio stations. After some years, D’banj’s partner and producer, Don Jazzy had issues with him which led to the break-up of the duo’s label Mo’Hits Records and the collective group Mo’Hits All Stars with D’Prince, Dr SID, and Wande Coal.

This became the beginning of ‘carpeting D’banj’ as the music-chart-topping singer went on to establish his own record DB Records while Don Jazzy went on to build what is arguably one of the music empires in Nigeria label Mavin Records. D’banj was faced with rumours of debt scandals with numerous court litigations over what was said to be a huge debt he acquired over failed deals.

While the singer’s profile was dwindling and his position in the music industry taken by the likes of Wizkid and Davido, the Kokolate singer was declared “broke” by Nigerian media. In order to save his career which was plunging into abyss, the music star turned to an event organiser and brought in foreigners like 2Chainz, recently Blac Chyna and Amber Rose to events in order to draw attention and maybe resurrect his ‘dying’ fame.

Blac Chyna and Amber Rose didn’t do much to resurrect his fame as there was a lot of mixed reactions towards the duo who were heavily criticised by Nigerians as nude artistes owing to the conservative nature of African culture. The events didn’t do much to D’banj as the hullabaloo the events generated died shortly after they were over.

D’banj’s 10th year anniversary came and passed without much ado or sensation lingering in the air. Recently, D’banj is set to return gloriously to the music scene and has been working hard since the beginning of this year to regain his past glory. Though he has done well with the track “Feeling the Nigga” which was released last year and was remixed as “Feeling a Nikka” with one of the world’s most talented music artist Akon featuring in the song. The remix saw the beginning of a new dawn to what critics called “a talent dying young”.

D’banj must have been rustled out from slumber with heavy criticism from some of his fans who thought he has been hiding behind Don Jazzy’s talent. D’Banj made history recently with an announcement of a grand return to the music industry as he vowed to embark on a project that is unequivocally the first of its kind in Nigeria.

He told his fans and the general public of his intention to release a visual EP which would consist of 7 videos that would be released weekly. This was followed by doubts and reservations as many people thought it was an elephant project that will not see the light of the day but true to his words, D’banj in four weeks into the project has released 3 videos currently.

The Koko performer released the videos of “Knocking on my Door” and was seen playing a harmonica; the video seems to be a big boom as it has had over half a million views on YouTube as at the time of filing this report.

His rap competition tagged “The King is Here” recorded over 8 thousand entries. The Kokomaster has also announced that the video of “Frosh” which featured Akon is set to be on screens. “Frosh” is one of the songs in the official album art for his E.P, An Epic Journey. The EP consists of 7 tracks that feature Reminisce, Ice Prince, Shadow Boxer and Driis.

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