Nigeria is famous for many good things, however, music stands out as one of the most popular. Over the years, the region has been producing world-class and renowned music artists. This has greatly influenced Nigeria being regarded as a leader when it comes to music. One music artist who is arguably the best musician in Nigeria is Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo popularly known as Dbanj or Koko Master. Here are 10 solid reasons Dbanj may be the best Nigerian musician yet.
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1. Won Many Regional Awards
One notable aspect about Dbanj is that he has managed to win quite a number of music nominations and awards within a short period of time. The achievements have been handed out by the local music chapter as well as from the continent in general. They include Nigeria Entertainment Awards, KORA, MOBO, Channel O Music awards, Fizz awards, and Ghana Music awards among many other awards.
2. Nominations in Different Categories
Another quality that makes Dbanj to be regarded as the best musician in Nigeria is his versatility in music. He is able to perform in different genres of music either through Pidgin English, English, as well as the local dialect, Yoruba.” This has made him nominated and win in various music categories such as Hip-Hop, R&B, best male artist, best video, new upcoming artist, pop, best collabo, listener’s choice, and many more categories.
3. Won International Awards
Dbanj is one of the most successful artistes to have managed to break into the international limelight. Through his music, he changed how African music is viewed consequently influencing the growth in the Nigerian music industry. He has been nominated and taken home awards from BET, MTV, MTV Europe, World Music Awards, 4 Syte TV music awards, and much more.
Here is a list of awards won by D’Banj so far
REVELATION OF THE YEAR – Hip Hop World Awards, 2006
ARTISTE OF THE YEAR – Nigerian Music Awards, 2006
UK ROLE MODEL AWARD – Delta State University Awards, 2006
BEST NEWCOMER – Channel O Music Awards, 2006
SONG OF THE YEAR – Hip Hop World Awards, 2007
ARTISTE OF THE YEAR – Global Excellence Awards, 2007
ARTISTE OF THE YEAR – City People Awards, 2007
AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR – Ghana Music Awards, 2007
BEST AFRO POP OF THE YEAR – Nigerian Music Awards US 2007
HOTTEST SINGLE OF THE YEAR – Nigerian Music Awards US 2007
BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS – Channel O Music Awards 2007
BEST AFRICAN ACT – MTV Europe Music Awards 2007
MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR – Future Awards 2008
ARTIST OF THE YEAR – UNIPORT AWARDS 2008
ARTIST OF THE YEAR – HIP HOP WORLD AWARDS 2008
D’Banj was recently appointed Nigeria’s first UNITED NATIONS YOUTH AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE
Without doubt, D’Banj is truly the KOKO MASTER. NO LONG THING!
4. One of the Richest Musicians
One aspect that comes with being a leading musician is being paid well for the performances. The sale of singles, albums, as well as endorsements also plays a role in creating wealth. Among the crop of the richest musicians in Nigeria as well as in Africa, Dbanj is without question among the top 3 in Nigeria and Top 5 in Africa.
5. Signed With a Top Record Label
One of the challenges that many Nigerian musicians face is getting signed to top music labels. However, Dbanj managed to break the barrier by being signed by the lucrative G.O.O.D Music Label owned by Kanye West and to be signed by such label, you must be a “crème de la crème.”
6. Chart-Topping Songs
Koko Master is revered for not only producing good music but also high-quality videos. This has led to his music tracks receiving a lot of airplay. In order for a person to come to terms with how popular his music is, it only takes a walk through the streets of Nigeria and many parts of the Continent.
7. Endorsement with Leading Brands
Lucrative endorsements are also one of the 10 reasons Dbanj may be the best Nigerian musician. The musician will constantly be signed by top brands as part of their marketing campaigns or brand ambassador. He has given support to companies such as Globacom and Vodacom. He is also the first United Nations Youth ambassador for peace in Nigeria.
8. Top Selling Albums
Music singles and albums by Dbanj are always among the top-selling in Nigeria and beyond. This is clear indication of his prowess when it comes to music. As a matter of fact, one of his songs “Oliver Twist” was quite successful globally. It made record sales as well as topped charts in the UK, US, Europe and also in Africa.
9. Concert Performance
As one of the best musicians in Nigeria, Dbanj always features as part of the invited guests in world-class music concerts both in Nigeria and in the World. This has seen him perform alongside music greats such as Rita Ora, Kelly Rowland, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Wizkid, among others.
10. Collaborations with Famous Artists
Due to his prowess, Dbanj has done collaborations with a number of top musicians. They include Snoop Dogg (now Snoop Lion) in a remix of the album “Mr. Endowed”. He has also collaborated with Big Sean and Californian on a current track known as “Blame it on the money.”
Apart from the above 10 reasons, the music artist is also regarded as a role model as well as a mentor to many upcoming artists in not only Nigeria but also the surrounding region. This, in addition, plays a crucial role in making him a top musician in Nigeria as well as beyond.