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D'banj was born in Zaria, Kaduna State to a military officer who commanded an artillery regiment and a church dignitary mother who hailed from Shagamu in Ogun State. Due to his father's profession he moved several times within Nigeria.
D'banj was expected to follow his father's military career and was enrolled to the Nigeria Military School at age eleven. D'banj resisted the system and disengaged from the school after three years. While at the Military school he was a member of the elite drum corpe of the Nigerian Army.
From the Nigerian Military School he proceeded to another military owned institution Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Ibara, Abeokuta where he completed his secondary school education
D'banj was introduced to the harmonica by his late older brother, Femi Oyebanjo, who died in a plane crash at age seventeen. With D'banj's love for music being greater than his parents' military aspirations, he struggled for his parents' approval; this can be best heard through an album track, All Da Way from his debut album.
As a tribute to his mentor Fela, D'banj brings Afrobeat to life and into the 21st century with breathless enthusiasm as well as a good dose of humour. His songs are based on his life, often hilarious but with a deeper meaning which documents the struggle of a young African trying to achieve his dreams.
He performs in Yoruba English and Pidgin English. All his albums are solely produced by Don Jazzy and himself.
Mo'Hits/ G.O.O.D. Music
In June 2011, D'banj along with his producer Don Jazzy of the Nigerian record label, MoHits Records, were both signed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D Music record label as artiste and producer respectively.
On June 9, 2011, D'banj wrote on his twitter account, @iamdbanj, "Just like yesterday, myself and my brother did Tongolo, 7 years later Mo'Hits signs with GOOD Music.
Best Birthday gift ever. God thank you.
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