Sun. Jun 4th, 2023

Dapo ‘D’banj‘ Oyebanjo has signed to his new (yet unnamed) record label the fast rising pop star David ‘Davido‘ Adeleke

NET investigations confirmed the signing took place on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at the 19-year-old’s house in Lekki after a five-man meeting involving D’banj, his manager Abisagboola ‘Bankulli’ Oluseun, Davido, his manager Asa Asika and father Deji Adeleke.

After the signing, both acts and their crew members then headed out to the weekly Industry Nite at the Oriental Hotels to celebrate. NET had earlier reported D’banj making his first ever post-Mo’Hits public appearance at the weekly gig where he gave a surprise performance with artiste of the night Ikechukwu.
We’re still working to get details of the deal particulars, but sources say talks started weeks before  both acts met in the US. D’banj and Davido were both spotted at the famous strippers joint - Diamonds Of Atlanta Gentlemans Club in Atlanta.

Davido’s manager when contacted however played down the news of the signing insisting that both parties are still in talks. ‘We are still in talks, that’s all I have to say for now, it could take a day or a year‘, Asa Asika told NET in a phone conversation.

D’banj’s camp was yet to respond to our E-mails as at the time of filing in this report.
D’banj recently signed to Mercury Records UK through the G.O.O.D Music label imprint.
Davido had until now remained an unsigned act but has in the past year risen to A-list status with just three singles out.

He now joins D’banj’s younger brother KSwitch on the label which, according to insiders, will be affiliated to Island Def Jam Africa.


Oladapo Artistically known as "D'banj," Daniel Oyebanjo is a Nigerian musician and rapper who, together with producer Don Jazzy, co-founded the record label Mo' Hits Records. Among the many music awards he's received are "Best African Act" at the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2007, "Artist of the Year" at the MTV Africa Music Awards in 2009, "Best International Act: Africa" at the 2011 BET Awards, "Best-selling African Artist" at the 2014 World Music Awards, and "Evolution" at the 2015 MTV Africa Music Awards.

D'banj is a fusion of Oyebanjo's initial name, Dapo, and last name, Oyebanjo.

"Oliver Twist," D'banj's 2012 summer smash, is the song that brought him worldwide fame. It is a fast-paced dance mix of Afrobeats and electronic dance music that peaked at No. 1 on the African charts in 2011 and at No. 2 on the UK R&B chart in 2012. He promised that 2021 would be a landmark year and that his record, titled "Ikebe," would be released by the end of the first quarter.

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