by Lekan Olanrewaju
“I’ve never seen myself as a rapper or a singer”
Last month while in the US, D’Banj, along with (former?) label mates K-Switch, Dr Sid and Wande Coal sat down for an interview with OkayAfrica TV.
The video begins with the usual “I’m D’Banj or Ski banj like my Jamaican friends call me” intro with him going on to mention names he’s called by his friends from other countries and then proclaiming himself the “African Michael Jackson”.
The interview focuses on his beginnings as a musician with him sharing that he began playing the harmonica as part of a church choir. He also talks about running away from home because his parents didn’t support his musical aspirations. And in a moment that recalls the (now corrected) Ebony magazine interview, he makes the case for his ownership of the Mo Hits record company.
“I found the opportunity, travelled to England. I got exposure from there, got experience from there, and then went back home, started my own record label, Mo Hits Records, because anything we do is a hit.”
He also speaks on the GOOD music deal and much more. The Mo’Hits crew have certainly changed the way the music business is seen in Nigeria, all things considered – it’s an inspiring tale!