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Here's everything you need to know about the Afrobeats star that brought you Oliver Twist and Bother You.
As you can see, the stage name D'banj was born from mixing parts of his first and last name. Picture: Getty
You'll likely know the name D'Banj from Oliver Twist, his first charting song off his D'Kings compilation album. The single, released on 26th May 2012 and debuted at number 9 in the UK singles charts. The song's about craving women the way Oliver Twist craved more food.
D'Banj's latest offering is an upbeat afrobeats track called 'Bother You,' the video sees D'banj top-open, chilling on a beach with a beautiful lady and a horse. The single is a favourite on the Capital XTRA playlist and a sure-to-be summer anthem.
There have been rumours flying around that D'Banj would be working with Kanye West for a while now, but on a recent visit to the Capital XTRA studios the singer confirmed to Abrantee to expect a D'Banj/Kanye West remix this year.
D'banj was born in Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria, and his father was a military officer. Because of his profession, D'Banj ended up moving to England. D'banj was expected to follow his father's military career and was enrolled to the Nigerian Military School at age eleven, however after three years at the school his love for music grew greater than his parents' military aspirations and he dropped out.
The lead single off No Long Thing was called Tongolo and it went on to be a success. The breakthrough led to collaborations with other artists, including on Dare Art-Alade's album track, Escalade Part 2 and Ikechukwu's album.
D'banj's sophomore album Rundown Funk U Up which was released in 2006 and saw several singles go on to find success including the club single, Tongolo (Remix) and the lead single, Why Me? Picture: Getty
As an artist signed to Mo' hits Records, D'Banj also formed a part of its collective group Mo' Hits Records – other artists include Dr SID, Wande Coal, KayWitch and D'prince. The group released an album called Curriculum Vitae in December 2007. The following year saw the release of D'banj's third album, The Entertainer. Picture: Facebook
On June 9, 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." After a while, Mo' Hits broke up and D'banj founded DB Records. Picture: Getty
D'banj is the founder of Koko Foundation for Youth and Peace Development, an organisation established to help the uneducated youths of Africa on social vices and lots more. He's also Nigeria's first United Nations Youth Ambassador for Peace.
D'Banjs work have been recognised with tons of music awards wins, including the awards for Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2007, Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009 and Best International Act: Africa at the 2011 BET Awards. Picture: Facebook