by SK Johnson
I have a confession,
Don’t take it personal,
I have a confession, so you got to listen
See I like Beyonce, but she dey with Jigga
I am not a big D’banj fan. I’m not even sure whether it’s spelled ‘D’Banj’ or ‘D-Banj’ or ‘D Banj’ – is the ‘b’ even meant to be in upper or lower case? I can’t tell you. However, I have been more than aware of his existence and ubiquitous presence in Nigeria’s entertainment stratosphere. I mean, that pretty much goes without saying seeing as I’m a human being and not a cockroach living in someone’s closet or something. Even cockroaches would know him, but back to the issue at hand.
For a while I have watched as D’banj has seemingly lost some of the outpouring of goodwill he was afforded by the public – most notably after that Koko Concert debacle, which we won’t even get into right now – and wondered. Like many of you I have listened to him release tepid song after tepid song and wondered some more. It’s easy to tell when someone isn’t dominating radio and TV like they once were, and for someone like D’banj, the man behind such anthems as ‘Why Me’ and ‘Endowed,’ the “fall from grace,” for want of a better term, is only too glaring. Sure, there was ‘Oliver Twist,’ which was pretty much his biggest hit to date (or something like it, at least) but the barely there acknowledgement his other songs like ‘On Top Of The World’ and ‘Don’t Tell Me Nonsense’ have inspired are not exactly what one would expect considering this is a man who at one point could have probably breathed on a track and turned it into a hit song.
This, of course, is why I was excited to hear he had been chosen to headline the 2013 edition of the much-talked-about Hennessy Artistry. Despite the fact that the only Hennessy Artistry Theme Song I ever genuinely enjoyed was 2011’s ‘Toast To The Good Life’ by Eldee, Banky W and Tiwa Savage, I was eager to hear what D’banj would serve up.
Despite the fact I have never been a fan, I was rooting for him. Let’s face it, everyone loves a good comeback.
I even ignored the overwhelming urge to roll my eyes at everything he said in this video:
hoping that he would put out something remotely interesting, if only to shake up the music industry again.
Which is why I was so disappointed to hear his official Hennessy Artistry song today:
The song is just as boring and unimaginative as it’s title: ‘Raise Your Glasses’. I suppose it’s a good thing I was never particularly emotionally invested because I would have been thoroughly heartbroken to hear this.
And no, it’s not that it’s a bad song – I mean, we hear worse everyday on the radio. He himself has even put out much worse, and we’ve more than likely all jammed to them regardless. But at this stage? D’banj, you get a plain old ‘nah’ from me.