D’BANJ: ENTERTAINER OR BIZMAN?

 

 

Not everyone is a fan of D’banj’s music. And many more are those conservatives, who would frown at the regular theme of his lyrics – sex. D’banj is sexy. He radiates sexiness. He knows it. And he preaches it.

 

But he has not come this far simply by throwing sex in our faces.

 

Since October 2004 when he first hit headlines, after stealing the show at R70’s Nigerian independence gig (held in London), D’Banj has shown that he may not be the best singer in the world; he may not be the best songwriter; and he may not be the finest guy around the corner; but he’s told us repeatedly, until we had it engraved in our brains, that he’s got such an incredibly charming persona; he’s got an amazing fashion sense. And when he hits the stage, don’t we all get up from our seats, mouths wide open, palms held together as we clap, scream and marvel at his mastery of the stage?

 

Everyone’s agreed on that: D’Banj is an entertainer many entertainers should be taking lessons from. Like Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade, the 28 year old is a delight n the stage, as he struts around, swirling, dancing, flirting and most times making overtly sexual moves that throws the ladies into a frenzy.

 

Such is the man’s art that he continues to dazzle us, hypnotizing us all, and making us forget that –until now- the last time we had fresh solo materials from him was 2006. Okay, so you’ve heard him on Pere and Booty Call and other Mo’ Hits cuts. But think about it, when was the last time D’Banj gave us a body of work entirely his? 2006!

 

Yet, he’s on top of his game, even strutting father up the ladder than some of his contemporaries who have dropped two albums in the past 18 months.

 

What has kept the young man going, truth be told, is not just his sex appeal and his lingo pattern and his stage wonders. The joker that has worked for him is a successful brand identity made possible by the acumen of Dapo Oyebanjo and Don Jazzy. And it is the more easier because the man Dapo Oyebanjo is very comfortable with the persona of the entertainer D’Banj.

 

But is he just anther passing phase; a changing mood in the life of a fast-paced industry? Or will he stand the test of time Like Fela and KSA? With just one LP and one EP to his name, it might yet be difficult to tell.

 

That’s why we’re all excited he’s taken time of performances; time off signing endorsement deals and harbouring a community of ‘kokolets’, to put together another body off work. D’banj’s third CD ‘The Entertainer’ is the material that should vindicate his supporters; convince doubting Thomases, and shame his critics. Most importantly, with near-excellent music coming from the likes of Nayo, 9ice, Asa, Etcetera and many more, this may be the one album that’ll determine where fans and critics will place him on the catalogue of music-makers.

 

Time will tell. And that time is not too far off – The Entertainer will hit the streets in a matter of days, after a high-power launch on July 26.

 

But whatever happens, either he goes on to conquer the world, or fades away like many before him, D’banj would have taught us more about music business, about giving back, about enlisting fans, and about building a showbiz brands than any book anyone may have written. Armed with past and present endorsement deals with Power fist, Virgin Colours, Virgin Nigeria and Globacom he boasts the highest number of corporate endorsement for any act in his category.

With his upcoming reality show (The entertainer), the koko mobile range, koko wears collection and his investments in Mo’ Hits, D’Banj is putting his money where his mouth is. And there’s the koko foundation, an initiative that enables him give back to the society that has helped him achieve his dreams – nurturing him from a wanna be to a bonafide star

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49 Responses to “D’BANJ: ENTERTAINER OR BIZMAN?”

  1. Kolawole A.K.A (Kollybarlly) Says:

    Three “GBOSA” to you D’banj.Infact guy,you are making the world higher for me whenever I listen to your songs most especially this current entertianer album. I pray to GOD to give you more knowledge and wisdom for forwardness more grammy awards. Believe me,you are truely a Entertainer. Keep it up guy. Your fans KOLA (Lotogbe Ondo)

  2. Wale ibitayo aka de don king Says:

    D banj is just the best and i wish him more of it.The best entertainer and i nyd reality song 4rm u to shut 2 face and 9ice up.don’t touch it cuz ogbona felifeli

  3. We luv u.kip it up.u are d best

  4. Orladaylay Says:

    Dbanj ski banj kokomaster no long thing more grease 2 ya koko DA ENTERTAINER Love ya.

  5. wow dat is hot men go u need it in life so we nigeria are happy 4 u ok by

  6. olubayo opeyemi Says:

    hey man you are the bomb you go rise to the top you will neva stop enemies go talk but you go they go loke.Nolongthing the only longthing should be your sucess story.You go collect grammy.Al those you enemy you are hotter than them.Nolonthing Dbanj,skibanj,capella/mensah,osinawantapurogahraya one,kokomaster.Mohits crew for life.ogbonna feli feli.

  7. my dbanj,u Are d mouthorganist i luv most infact ur my role model.Ladapo Oyebanjo,dbanj,skibanj,capella,mensah,nkem,ngozi,nwabuto,osinawatapuroogaraya 1,kokomaster u gud pas ur enemies.na only pple wey no get work na him go see wetin my guy no do.FILE.DONT TOCH IT.dey go LOKE JOO.al kokolets are urs kip giving dem d KOKOMAICINE.

  8. d’banj i dey feel u.carry go. o kare o omo dada.

  9. IN THIS AGE AND TIME IN NIGERIA, IT IS NOT WHAT YOU SAY THAT SELLS YOU OUT, IT IS YOUR ABILITY TO DELIVER ANYTHING AT ALL YOUR SONG IS TALKING ABOUT. DBANJ IS ONE GUY WHO KNOWS THIS, AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN EXCELLING WITH EACH ALBUM HE DROPS. KEEP IT UP KOKOMASTER. I BELIEVE YOU ARE STILL WILLING TO COLLABORATE ON MY SONG. ITS YOUR GUY ReGyB 08064896236

  10. esi aquah Says:

    the guy is just too great to be jugded. his way on top!

  11. D banj, de kokomaster jast carry go go go de top i feel u carry go yr fnieud d c. 08033956310

  12. OYEWOLE OLAJIDE Says:

    LET SHOW HIM LOVE LET ALL DBANJ FANS COME TOGETHER, LET FORM A GROUP LET VOTE FOR HIM TO GET D GRAMMY AWARD.
    DAPO I LOVE U
    KEEP GOING, IF I CUD

    DBANJ WE LOVE U
    MAY BE U R D NEXT MICHEAL JACSHON
    MY NAME IS OYEWOLE OLAJIDE. U CAN ADD ME ON MY YAHOO ID
    olajide_oyewole@yahoo.com
    manu4real55@yahoo.com
    08098759156
    THANK U ALL FOR SHOWING HIM LOVE
    WE LOVE U DBANJ. FELE DON’T TOUCH IT

  13. OYEWOLE OLAJIDE Says:

    ALL DBANJ FANS PLS ADD ME
    HOW I WHICH D FANS WE COME TOGETHER LET MAKE HIM HAPPY
    THIS IS HOW MICHEAL JACSHON SARTED LET GIVE HIM LOVE LET SHOW
    HE ALSO CAN BE MORE THAN MJ
    I LOVE DBANJ GOD BLESS HIM
    U GO DE GO LOKE 4EVER.

    THANKS TO U ALL D FANS GOD BE WITH U

  14. i want to be like him do pass hem

  15. AM WORKING HARD TO BE LIKE THESE GUY HE IS SO TALENTED, MY D’ Ban j I want to be like you My Master you are too much, you are De Bomb, File don’t touch it, Am D’ ban or ski Ban j like my Jamaica friends call me In porter Exporter koko Water, I felt like joining Mo Hit they are the Best I wish I could see D banj now and talk to him One on One maybe he could sign me because am Talented like him I do watch is Performers A lot here is my number d banj i felt like hearing Your voice 08083733001 ….kudos to u man

  16. see this guy get mone but i ll onlly agrre with u ppl if na hin first buy private jet, na waitin me day wait for b that btw 2face and dbanj.

  17. men u 2much joo,enu olese now… u get mouth die….08068196150

  18. u enter d door and u change d game,and u lay d crane and d pple spreadin ur name .dat boy …..dat boy .kokolet babyy…dbanj mamalet sisilet and d guys dey ask niboloti rowo….dont mind dem u don dey go loke.kokomaster u are so wonderful,everytime i listen to ur music……hm..god .i feel good just keep it up.u make me get d music inspiration……i mean i’d love to be like u.can call me 07032045818 FILE ,DONT TOUCH IT

  19. leave dat 4 ur fans, am one of them, jst carry ngo

  20. D banj is too gbaski

  21. i love D’baj..that is all i know

  22. Oh u ar doing great,to say d fact,u ar d best an u will always be d best out of d rest out there.u ar great men,oh great.

  23. d’banj is going hot, leave him let him enter the place cuz there are lot of girls dat want to bumper wit him

  24. KELANI ADEWALE IBRAHEEM Says:

    D banj u ar 2 gbaski u be rel koko 4 everybody al over d wold & i pry GOD wil alwys bles u & all MO HIT grop. My only koko master D Banj.

  25. hi Dbaj,i dey feel u,ilike all ur album,most expecially,”close 2 u/why me” but u are too currupt 4 my likely.iwill advice u 2 limit d way u use 2 display wit girls in ur album.stay cool.

  26. FADIPE OLUWAJUYINLO Says:

    HEY DBANJ.I LIKE YOUR MUSIC AND ITHINK U R D BEST BUT I CHALLENGE U TO A CONTEST.LETS C WHO IZ BETA AT PLAYING D MOUTH ORGAN.I BET I CAN PLY ALL YOUR SONGS U AV EVA WRITTEN.

  27. adepoju ajibade Says:

    up skibanj as ur jamaican friends call u.No long thing.more grease 2 ur elbow,cause u b d Igwe.

  28. AMBASSADOR CHRISTSON JOKPA Says:

    THE Koko master is the hottest nigerian arteist………he has got SWAGGER,BRAINS and style..I am the president of KOKOMASTER”S FANS Club in DELSU,ABRAKA…………..We are planning a reception 4 the KOKOMASTER soon……………08053008978

  29. alabi toyin Says:

    d banj kokolet master i feeeeel u infact giveus ur fans new album

  30. HE IS A BIZMAN AND AN ENTERTAINER.BOTH HAVE SOMETHING ALIKE…MONEY MAKING.ASIDE THAT HE HAS THE HUNGER TO SUCCEED AND MAKE SURE HE PLEASES HIS FANS.HE COMES IN DIFFERENT FORMS.EVEN IN BATHROOM TOWELS..lol

  31. d’banj is more than just a musician ………he will always be the best stage performance that we ever had in Nigeria after the great Fela and King sanni Ade…….let him rule the industry i love you brother and always will……..chopchop

  32. Dbanj is just the best keep it up

  33. baba 2 much swagger pop roosse vip at any angle mr dbanj oko gene

  34. Joanne (Zim) Says:

    I would jump on dbang if I saw him!! he just ooxes money and sexiness.. and those muscles! he can definately gym a girl! lol. i de fall in love!

  35. aba u won kill dem

  36. Sulaimon olanrewaju Says:

    I love your music thank.

  37. I LUV DBANJ

  38. I LOVE MR KOKOMATER.

  39. I LOVE TO SEE MR KOKO

  40. Promowise Says:

    Oga mi oooshee. Ur new video with snoop dog is wow!, meen dis d’banj don realy go far. Some haters are sayin u dnt hav dat kind of money to feature snoop and that he just colabo with u 4 free. Pls anybody with any info about this should update me here or via phone.07065720937, e-mail, promowise@yahoo.com

  41. isah suleiman Says:

    i realy like dbanj becoz, he is truly an entertainer. i think that’s what he knew how to do best and derive pleasure in it. keep it up koko master.

  42. Dbanj to sexy, i lyk your style of musik rid on cos the sky is your stepin stone

  43. Azeezat .M. Olaniun Says:

    Oo Seeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee…!!! I luv ur crazy ATTITUDE especially on stage. U’r superb, splendid, 2 much n wow!!! Come 2 think of it kokomaster, u need a kokolette 2 complete d picture don’t u think so.

  44. Israel Aiyemoni aka father Says:

    I love dbanj he is a great singer, ride on

  45. O bono feli feli padi mi jor.Hot hot Dapo..May ur fire never quench brova Abeg keep the moving moving and never stop moving cause it’s a sin to stop moving..lol

  46. Opeyemi blessing obateru Says:

    I just luv everything about d’banj either gud or bad.

  47. Opeyemi blessing obateru Says:

    D’banj keep it up,if u are looking 4 some1 who take pple 4 who they are.dere i am.i luv ur music.ur life stye,take it frm me u are every woman want

  48. dbanj makes me feel great…..with his own style..i wish i could just be among his crew and imitate him…and his style..everything about him..

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