D’banj to Collaborate with Zimbabwean Artists
Multiple award-winning Nigerian singer and rapper Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo better known by his stage name D’banj is in Zimbabwe for collaborations with local musicians.
D’banj arrived in Zimbabwe’s capital city Harare on Tuesday, January 17 at the Robert Mugabe International airport with Zimbabwean cleric Prophet Passion Java and was received by socialite and businessman Mike Chimombe, business tycoon Zodwa Mkandla and socialite Boss Lashan among others.
The Coco Master as he is affectionately known in Nigeria said he came to Zimbabwe to collaborate with local artists to produce African hit songs.
“The last time I was here, by the way for those that do not know me, but I know everybody does, I’m D’banj but in Zimbabwe, I’m ED Junior so do not mess around,” he said.
“The creative industry especially in Africa is growing very fast. West African music, Nigerian music, South African and Zimbabwean music, and I think there is a need for us to come together and collaborate and I think that is the partnership between myself and Prophet Passion Java. As you know he has been sponsoring the music industry for years, working with so many other people.
“He has brought people in to collaborate with Zimbabwean artists and we have a lot of surprises waiting. Now you’re going to see Nigerian superstars working with Zimbabwean superstars to release Africa’s greatest songs, that is why I am here.”
The Nigerian superstar said they were planning for a show this weekend before he leaves, and his fans should be ready to put on their dancing shoes.
D’banj is also set to collaborate with the popular urban groover and “Patati Patata” hitmaker, Rockford Josphats popularly known as Roki among other local musicians.
“We are going to be doing something this weekend and I am sure you are going to be knowing about it very soon but, more importantly for me, I cannot wait to get into the studio which is happening today (Tuesday) with Roki. Once we do it, we release it as soon as possible. You know my name, ED Junior!” D’banj said.
Prophet Java said there was a need to teach the youth to produce music that supports the development of their countries.
“Years ago, I wanted to be D’banj and God blessed me as a prophet. We move in different ways then happen to finally meet D’banj in South Africa and we have created a big relationship. The youth in Zimbabwe are not doing some noise in music so let me go and teach the youth.
“When you do music let it be music … to uplift your country, Zimbabwe. We also have to support the one which God put in power, President ED Mnangagwa,” he said.
D’banj is best known internationally for his 2012 summer hit “Oliver Twist”, an up-tempo dance fusion of Afrobeats and electronic dance music that topped the African charts in 2011 and was a top 10 hit in the UK singles chart in 2012 reaching number 2 on the UK Rn’B chart.
Born in June 1980, D’banj is the founder of Mo’ Hits Records with producer Michael Collins Ajereh popularly known as Don Jazzy.
He has won several music awards including the awards for Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007, Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009, Best International Act: Africa at the 2011 BET Awards, Best-selling African Artist at the 2014 World Music Awards and Evolution award at the 2015 MTV Africa Music awards.