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Background information
Birth name Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo
Also known as The Koko Master,Igwe,Skibanj
Born June 9, 1980 (1980-06-09) (age 29)
Genres R&B, African hip hop
Occupations Singer-songwriter, instrumentalist
Instruments Harmonica, Singing
Years active 2004–present
Labels Mo' Hits Records
Associated acts Cigada of Cyprus, Mo' Hits Allstars, Don Jazzy, SHOLA SCOTT
Website Official website

Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo (born on June 9, 1980 in Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria), known commonly as, D'banj is a Nigerian singer-songwriter and harmonica player. "Dapo" is short for the Yoruba name "Ifedapo" (meaning "Love came together").[1]




Early life

Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo, or D'banj was born on June 9, 1980 in Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria to a successful artillery officer who commanded an artillery regiment and a street was named after him in Alamala Barracks, Abeokuta, and a church dignitary mother, who hailed from Shagamu in Ogun State. Due to his father's profession, he moved several times within Nigeria and also moved to India. D'banj was expected to follow his father's military career and was enrolled to the Nigerian Military School, Zaria at age eleven.[2]

Musical beginning

D'banj grew up listening to Fela Kuti, who he cites as his "great mentor".[3]. He was introduced to the harmonica by his late older brother, Femi Oyebanjo, who died in a plane crash at age seventeen[2]. With D'banj's love of 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. He derived his stage name from the combination of the first name and his surname.

Music career

As a tribute to his mentor, Fela, D'banj brings Afrobeat to life and into the 21st century with breathless enthusiasm as well as a good dose of humor. His songs are based on his life, often hilarious but with a deeper meaning which documents the struggle of a young African trying to achieve his dreams. He performs in Yoruba, English and Pidgin English. All his albums are solely produced by Don Jazzy and himself.

2005–2006: No Long Thing

D'banj's debut album, No Long Thing, was released in 2005, yielding 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, this includes Dare Art-Alade's album track, Escalade Part 2 and Ikechukwu's album track, Doo.

2007: 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. 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 2008. It included hit singles, Be Close To You, Booty Call and Move Your Body, which was the lead single. D'banj featured in Ikechukwu's 2008 hit, Wind Am Well. July 2008 saw the release of D'banj's third album, The Entertainer[4], with the singles Gbono Feli Feli, Kimon, Olorun Maje and Entertainer.


He was Named African Michael Jackson by Wyclef Jean when they met at the 2009 MTV Africa Music Awards.[citation needed]

Live performances

D'banj is known an energetic, charismatic and infectious live performer. He is a regular performer for the annual ThisDay Africa Rising Music Festival. He has performed at Femi Kuti’s new Afrikan Shrine in Lagos as well as the Shrine Synchro System’s regular London Night at Cargo. He also performed at the Black President Concert in memory of Fela’s art and legacy at the Barbican in London. He has also performed alongside many international artists in Nigeria like Kelly Rowland at the 1st Edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards 2008 in Abuja, Nigeria. He was also involved in one of the most anticipated events of the season ‘Koko Concert‘. This concert consisted of D’Banj, Don Jazzy, Dr. SID, Wande Coal, D’Prince, new Mo Hits recruit Ikechukwu plus a slew of openers including May7ven and comedian Tunde Ednut. The stage was set for a thrilling night – the Koko effect is definitely LIVE in London as fans of D’Banj and Mo’ Hits filled the O2 arena to capacity. As expected, the hits just kept coming and the momentum was sustained with on-stage antics from all the artistes. D'banj is also one of the favorite musical talents in the nigerian music industry. His performance at the just-concluded Star mega Jamz was d-bomb. - Petmee [5]

Humanitarian work

D'banj is a founder of Koko Foundation for Youth and Peace Development. He is also Nigeria's first United Nations Youth Ambassador for Peace.[6]

Personal Security/CSO

D'banj's Personal Security/Bodyguard is a well-trained military man and boxer by the name Isaac Ekpo.




  • Tongolo (2005)
  • Socor (2005)
  • Mobolowowon (2005)
  • Run Down (2006)
  • Why Me (2006)
  • Move Your Body (featuring Wande Coal) (2007)
  • Kimon (2008)
  • Olorun Maje (2008)
  • Gbono Fele (2008)
  • Entertainer (2008)
  • Suddenly (2008)
  • Fall In Love (2008)
  • Igwe (2008)

Featured singles

  • Wind Am Well (Ikechukwu featuring Don Jazzy & D'banj) (2008)




See also


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