Is D’Banj Staging An Epic Comeback?

D banji on stage

I can’t help but draw attention to the fact that kokomaster,
D’Banj is finally rising up to ‘the occasion’. Over the weekend,
I was engaged in a heavily opinionated discuss with one of our
hottest music femmes who happens to be an ardent fan of the
eja nla sensation. Call her kokolet! And she brought to
knowledge a variety of things that space will not permit me to
share with y’all. But what she succeeded in getting me to do,
was to believe again in the star power of D’Banj.
Dammit! Age has a way of driving a 6″ nail into one’s
aspirations especially when your profession is the kind that
gives you a timeline to do and be all that you’ve dreamed to be.
After watching the D’Banj performance at MAMAs 2015 and
saw him win the Evolutionist’s Award, I mused on the series of
events that led his sexcellency to this place. Just like football
stars, music heads (males especially) have an age benchmark of
their mid-thirties to cease prominence… well unless you’re
delving into evergreen classics and high life the order of
Pasuma, KSA and Osadebe. Looking at the how D’Banj spiraled
out of ranks by a series of bad attacks (stunts, if you may) it was
safe to say there wasn’t more left for him to do. He only
remained popular based on glories of the past to which he
continued to attain newer feats of credit in this present. So could
D’Banj (already pushing 36) really be the man to break this
superstitious belief ?
Enter 2015! Oga told us we were in for a rollercoaster ride when
he kicked off his year long celebration of his decade of
achievements. I honestly wondered what was there to celebrate
seeing as he had doubled-down to an almost screeching halt.
Let’s skip to May and in the process, forget everything we
heard. D’Banj’s surprising switch-up has seen him release hotly
anticipated materials in the last one month – Sextraordinaire,
Confidential, Koleyewon and Salute (which will feature Ice
Prince). He has revamped his style, his sound… the entire
package is quite the unusual. But sadly, the only reason why it
appears we don’t seem to care is because he doesn’t have the
names Kiss Daniel or Olamide, perhaps Korede Bello labeled on
it considering they’re some of the guys we’re paying terrible
attention to. Regardless, I think D’Banj has woken from his
slumber and the thought alone gladdens my heart. The guy man
is staging a big comeback and he’s not sparing resources at his
disposal to doing them. Since he pioneered this new afropop
trend that has become common place, he just might be the very
person to shoot it up another notch. And from what we’ve seen,
his visual EP might be something actually worth anticipating.

Posted by Emmanuel Ogu

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