Nigerian superstar, D'Banj, also known as Dapo Oyebanjo or skibanj as his Jamaican friends call him has been named as this year's Special Recognition award recipient at the upcoming Channel O Music Video Awards which will be broadcast LIVE on Friday, 11 November.
D'Banj follows in the footsteps of many of Africa's finest and most prominent successful musicians including K'NAAN who received the Special Recognition award in 2010, Brenda Fassie in 2009 as well as George Lee in 2008.
[color=orange]More notable is the fact that DâBanj released his debut album just six years ago. His following Albums have however, lead him to make an impact felt nationally, continentally and now internationally with his signing to Kanye Westâs G.O.O.D Music record label. This makes DâBanj more than deserve this highly prestigious award.
Since the release of his debut, âNo Long Thingâ in 2005, featuring the smash hit âTongoloâ, DâBanj has worked ceaselessly to create a career thatâs now the benchmark for 21st century African artists.[/color]
Part of the Moâ Hits Records stable, Dâbanjâs second album, âRundown Funk U Upâ (2006) proved DâBanjâs ability to create club hits, âTongoloâ (Remix) as well as radio number ones, like the single âWhy Me?â His hit-making ability was only reinforced in 2008 with the release of Dâbanjâs third album, âThe Entertainerâ, featuring the singles âGbono Feli Feliâ, âKimonâ, âOlorun Majeâ and âEntertainerâ.
[color=orange]In 2007 DâBanj hosted the Channel O Music Video Awards with DJ Sbu. âHis star has been rising for many years now. DâBanj is an artist who has the ability to communicate and connect in a meaningful way. As a musician he is a trendsetter and as a presenter he is entertaining with a wonderful sense of humour. His success both at home and internationally is a testament to his great talent and I am in no doubt that this is just the beginning,â says Yolisa Phahle Channel Director of Local Interest Channels.[/color]
DâBanjâs most recent big-hitter is also his most high profile: a remix of âMr Endowedâ featuring the inimitable Snoop Dogg that was released in February 2011.
[color=orange]DâBanjâs generous approach to music making has seen him collaborate with the likes of Dare Art-Aladeâs (on âEscalade Part 2â) and Ikechukwu. He is also part of Moâ Hits Recordsâ collective, Moâ Hits Allstars which includes Dr SID, Wande Coal, k-Switch and DâPrince.
His role as Nigeriaâs first United Nations Youth Ambassador for Peace and the founder of the Koko Foundation for Youth and Peace Development says a great deal about DâBanjâs commitment to Nigeria and Africa. This is also reflected in his music through which he brings the Afrobeat sounds of his mentor Fela Kuti to life and into the 21st century through songs performed in Yoruba, English and Pidgin English. In doing this DâBanj works with his producer Don Jazzy who has also been signed to G.O.O.D. Music.[/color]
Alongside his recording career, DâBanj has proved to be a brilliant live performer: heâs a regular at the annual ThisDay Africa Rising Music Festival and has performed at Femi Kutiâs new Afrikan Shrine in Lagos as well as the Shrine Synchro Systemâs regular London Night at Cargo. Other high-profile appearances include performing at the Black President Concert in memory of Felaâs art and legacy at the Barbican in London, and alongside many international artists performing in Nigeria, among them Kelly Rowland (2008).
[color=orange]On June 9, 2011, Dâbanj wrote on his twitter account, @iamdbanj, âJust like yesterday, myself and my brother did Tongolo. 6 years later, MoâHits signs with GOOD Music. Best Birthday gift ever. God thank you.â Now Dâbanjâs 2011 is set to get even better as heâs honoured by Africaâs longest-running music awards with the Channel O Music Video Awardsâ Special Recognition Award. [/color]
The 9jabeats Team congratulates these great talent and wish him more success as he continues to move up the ladder.