D’Banj’s UK Musical Tour Starts in November


D’Banj D’banj emerged winner of the 2015 MTV Africa Music Award (MAMA) Evolution award, beating other African artistes(PHOTO: GoldenIcon)

D’Banj, the multiple MTV European Music Award, BET Award, World Music Award, and MOBO Award winner will be marking his return to the UK, after four years, with concerts in three cities.

The concert to be held across three days will begin in Manchester on 11 November. on 12 November D’Banj will move to Birmingham and end the show on Sunday 13 November at Indigo O2 in London.

D’Banj will be on tour with a star-studded Afrobeat artistes featuring rising Nigerian Pop star Tekno, and many surprise special guests to be announced shortly.
The shows are being put together by Afrobeat Artistry.

D’Banj, better known as KOKO Master dominated pop and afrobeat music scene in Nigeria for over a decade.

He was regarded as one of the most talented and biggest artists to come out of Africa.

His unique style of musicianship and entertainment sets him apart from his counterparts.

The Nigerian native has been leading the export of Afrobeats to the UK and America, and has succeeded in introducing the lush sounds of African Pop music, to mainstream audiences across the world.

So far, he has sold over 20 million records sold. He made his debut on the African music scene in 2004 with his breakthrough single ‘Tongolo’, which was released via his own record label Mo’Hits, founded alongside super producer Don Jazzy.

His more applauded debut album No Long Ting followed in 2005, and changed the landscape of Nigerian music forever.

D’banj’s sophomore album Rundown Funk U Up, lead by massive hit single ‘Why Me?’ came soon after, in 2006, with the Kokomaster and Don Jazzy releasing the Mo’Hits compilation album Curriculum Vitae in 2007, the first of its kind in Afrobeats.

The album birthed hits like ‘Booty Call’ and ‘Ololufe’, and introduced us to future stars such as Wande Coal, Dr Sid, Kay Switch and D’Prince.

Having solidified his position as the biggest African artist in the world, and with three iconic albums – including 2008’s The Entertainer – already under his belt, D’Banj set his sights on pushing Afrobeats to the world, and signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music record label in 2011, and subsequently floated his own record imprint DB Records, in partnership with Sony Music and RCA Records in 2012.

2012 also saw D’Banj make his debut on the UK Top 10 singles chart, with his summer smash hit ‘Oliver Twist’ reaching #9 in the UK singles charts, and #2 in the UK R&B chart – making D’Banj the first ever Afrobeats artist to chart in the UK top ten!

‘Oliver Twist’ also topped the charts in Romania, and garnered chart success in Scotland, Germany, Belgium and Ireland, to mention a few.

Alongside his numerous music accomplishments and accolades, D’Banj has also dedicated his life to philanthropy and humanitarianism. He was Nigeria’s first United Nations Youth Ambassador for Peace, and in 2015, his single was released to raise awareness for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, and was endorsed by the World Bank.

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