D’BANJ AKA KOKO MASTER, ROCKING THE CAPITAL CITY OF SOUTH AFRICA

It was another great day at Ebony Lounge Pretoria on Saturday 13 October 2018, as the World Music Icon D’BANJ rocking the capital city of South African.
D’banj born Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, musician, entrepreneur and TV personality. He is best known internationally for his 2012 summer hit “Oliver Twist”, an uptempo dance fusion of Afrobeat and electronic dance music that topped the African charts 2011 and was a top 10 hit in the UK singles chart in 2012 reaching No. 2 on the UK R&B chart.
 
He is also known as the Kokomaster or Bangalee. His stage name, D’banj is from a combination of his first name, Dapo, and his surname, Oyebanjo.
Due to his father’s profession he moved several times within Nigeria and later moved to England. D’banj was expected to follow his father’s military career and was enrolled to the Nigerian Military School at the age of eleven. However, D’banj resisted the system and dis-enrolled from the school after three years. While at the Military school he was a member of the elite drum corp of the Nigerian Army.
From the Military School, he proceeded to another military owned institution, Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Ibara, Abeokuta where he was a church worker. There he completed his secondary school education.
D’banj then proceeded to the Lagos State University to study Mechanical engineering 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 to make it 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 D’Banj 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 2004. That same year came the single “Tongolo”; the video was paid for by D’Banj’s mother.
D’banj was introduced to the harmonica by his late older brother, Femi Oyebanjo, who died in a plane
Compilation Albums
Curriculum Vitae
D’Kings Men
D’banj Songs
Tongolo featuring Tola HU
Socor
Mobolowowon
Run Down (Funk U Up)
Why Me
Tongolo Remix
Kimon
Suddenly
Gbono Feli Feli
Entertainer
Suddenly
Fall in Love
Igwe
Scapegoat
Mr Endowed (Remix) featuring Snoop Dogg
Oliver Twist
Bachelor
Cashflow featuring Kay Switch
Sister Caro (Kay Switch featuring D’banj)
Don’t Tell Me Nonsense
Top of the World
Finally
Feeling the Nigga
Feeling a Nikka (Remix) with Akon
Extraordinary
Frosh featuring Akon
Emergency
Focus
He has won several music awards, including
The award for Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007
Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009
Best International Act: Africa at the 2011 BET Awards
Best-selling African Artist at the 2014 World Music Awards
Evolution award at the 2015 MTV Africa Music awards.

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