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UK: D'banj special guest at Out Of Africa at The Spitz, London (tomorrow, Saturday, 5 March 2005)

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  • Ilka Schlockermann
    Out Of Africa Saturday, 5 March 2005 @ The Spitz, London Live on stage: THE CULTURE CHRONIC S ŒAfri-Lectric¹ Remix Session featuring Jazz-Club fusionist
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 4 5:06 AM
      Out Of Africa
      Saturday, 5 March 2005
      @ The Spitz, London

      Live on stage:
      THE CULTURE CHRONIC'S ŒAfri-Lectric¹ Remix Session featuring Jazz-Club
      fusionist Marque Gilmore, DJ Mickey Smith, sax virtuoso Steve Williamson,
      African dance pioneer Nii Tagoe, Nigerian jazz-head Olalekan Babalola and
      spoken word from The Beyonder.
      Alongside DJ Dudu Sarr spinning African beats such as Kwaito, Soukous,
      Afrobeat hip-hop, highlife and much more.
      Plus special guest

      ++++ Catch D¹banj¹s first video ŒTon-go-lo¹ on INTRO (Ben TV, Sky channel
      184, Wednesdays, 8-10pm) and ACCESS (OBE TV, Sky channel 223, Saturdays,
      3.30-5pm, repeated Thursdays, 6-7.30pm) ++++

      Click this link for flyer ­ http://www.outofafrica-london.com/ooamarch.htm

      Doors: 7pm ­ 1am
      D¹banj will be on stage at 9pm
      Admission: £7, £5 NUS

      The Spitz, 109 Commercial Street, Old Spitalfields Market, London E1 6BG
      Tel: 020 7392 9032/ 020 7247 9747
      Email: mail@...
      Web: http://www.spitz.co.uk
      The Spitz is situated on the edge of Old Spitalfields Market, in the heart
      of London's East End. A terraced area overlooks the market and adjoins the
      ground floor bar/bistro and gallery.
      Nearest Tubes: Liverpool Street on the Central, District, Circle and
      Metropolitan lines, also British Rail. Aldgate East on the District and
      Circle lines.
      Buses: To Bishopsgate: No. 8, 26, 35, 43 (Sundays only), 47, 48, 78, 149,
      242 and 344. To Liverpool Street: 11, 23, 42, 133, 141, 214, 271. To
      Commercial Street: 67

      For further information about Out Of Africa:
      Tel: 07967 362 551
      Email: info@...
      Web: http://ww.outofafrica-london.com

      Other information:

      For further information about D¹banj contact Ilka Schlockermann:
      Tel: +44 (0)79 3206 6624 (not for publication)
      Email: ilka@...
      Web: http://www.dbanj.4t.com/ (temporary web site)
      http://www.dbanj.com/ (official website coming soon)


      Ilka Schlockermann

      PO Box 31876
      London SE17 2ZB

      TEL: +44 (0)79 3206 6624
      EMAIL: ilka@...
      WEB: http://www.jjc2uk.com

      **JJC aka Skillz ** 419 Squad ** D¹banj** Kween ** Nova ** Blemish **
      Danielle ** Tru Flex ** Law ** Loick ** Don Jazzy ** Feenix Blak **

      Check out JJC¹s African hip-hop column on BBC Radio 3¹s AFRICA ON YOUR
      STREET web site:



      Twenty-four year old D¹banj is a London-based Nigerian singer and
      songwriter, as well as a harmonica master and a charismatic stage performer
      with boundless energy. D¹banj grew up listening to music by Fela Kuti (³My
      great mentor.²) and has performed at Femi Kuti¹s New Afrika Shrine in Lagos,
      as well as the Shrine Synchro System¹s regular London night at Cargo and the
      Black President (The Art & Legacy of Fela Kuti) concert series at the
      Barbican in London. Without ever turning into a mere carbon copy of his hero
      D¹banj brings Afrobeat to life and into the 21st century with breathless
      enthusiasm, as well as a good dose of humour. He vows that all of his songs
      are based on true stories of his own life, often hilarious, but also with a
      deeper meaning which documents the struggle of a young African trying to
      achieve his dreams ­ in his case is to be a successful artist/musician
      (D¹banj: ³D¹banj is music, music is D¹banj²). D¹banj performs in Yoruba,
      English and, like his hero Fela Kuti, in Pidgin (broken) English.

      D¹banj was born in 1980 as Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo in the Northern city of
      Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria, to Colonel Daniel Duro Oyebanjo, an artillery
      officer, and Faith Olubukolola Oyebanjo, a business woman and church
      dignitary, both from Ogun State. D¹banj has a brother (Kehinde) and three
      sisters (Shola, Yinka and Taiwo). His older brother, Femi, who was in the
      NDA (Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna), tragically died at only 17 in a
      plane crash when D¹banj was 15 years old. Due to his father¹s job D¹banj¹s
      family moved numerous times. They left Zaria when D¹banj was one to move to
      Jos, then Kaduna, and later Bombay in India where they stayed for a year and
      a half while D¹banj¹s father worked in the artillery barracks there. When
      D¹banj was 11 years old he was sent to the Nigerian Military School in
      Zaira, where he stayed for four years, after which he went to Abeokuta in
      Ogun State for two years to finish his high school education in 1997. He
      then moved to Lagos, and in 1999 started studying Mechanical Engineering at
      UNILAG (Lagos State University). Having lived in the Northern regions of
      Nigeria, means he is able to speak a little Hausa, while his mother tongues
      are Yoruba and English - plus he is fluent in pidgin English.

      Growing up D¹banj was to enter the military like his father, but at 14
      D¹banj picked up a weapon of a different kind, and altogether more peaceful:
      the harmonica. He was introduced to it by his late brother Femi who played
      it, too. In fact, his brother¹s harmonica was one of his possessions that
      was recovered after the tragic plane crash, and D¹banj started to cherish
      it. D¹banj¹s incredible harmonica skills are self-taught; he says: ³I play
      the harmonica like it was built for me.² D¹banj also plays the piano ­ his
      father bought a piano when the family were living in India - but for him the
      harmonica wins hands down - on portability which is important to D¹banj as
      he wants music around him constantly. At school D¹banj also left an
      impression: he came third in music in his school and also performed with his
      school band. Later on in 1999, D¹banj came third in a talent show, part of
      the Music Festival and held at the Muson Centre in Lagos. While all other
      contestants performed classical pieces D¹banj opted for performing Bob
      Marley¹s ³Redemption Song² as a solo harmonica piece. D¹banj also used to
      play harmonica in church, at Winners Chapel Living Faith in Lagos, which is
      one of his best childhood memory of Nigeria.

      D¹banj became more and more involved in music and could not see himself
      doing anything else with the same passion. His song ³All Da Way
      (Airbourne)² is about the struggles he has faced with his parents over his
      chosen career path. Dapo had now adopted the elegant, almost
      French-sounding, name D¹banj, a combination of his first name Dapo and his
      surname Oyebanjo, and went on to start his professional music career in
      Lagos. In 2002, he collaborated with the Nigerian rap star Ruggedman on the
      track ³Kiss Me Again² (on which D¹banj sang and played harmonica). The song
      was included on a compilation (released by SilverTones Records in Nigeria)
      which also featured Harmony, Simone, Ruggedman (solo tracks) and top
      Nigerian producer/artist O.J.B. Jezreel who produced all the tracks. ³Kiss
      Me Again² generated a lot of publicity and its accompanying video went to
      number 5 on the Groovoids charts on MBI TV, while D¹banj also appeared on
      many radio stations, including Eko FM and 93.7 Rhythm FM. Other tracks
      D¹banj recorded in Nigeria were ³Gba-si-be² (featuring Abounce) and ³One
      More Wish².

      In December 2002, against his parents¹ wishes, D¹banj moved to London to
      further his musical career. After settling in it didn¹t take him long to
      realize that you had to work hard and be sharp to make it. He worked with
      several production companies, including Docklands-based company Hekcentric
      Records where he recorded ³We Can Go² which he performed on the London¹s
      African club scene, including Moonlighting in the West End.

      Then in February 2003 D¹banj met JJC (aka Skillz), producer for, amongst
      others, Jamelia, Lemar, Big Brovaz, Liberty X, and Jay Sean. Together with
      the 419 Squad, JJC forms the critically-acclaimed African hip-hop act JJC &
      419 Squad which fuses African rhythms, hip-hop and salsa, as well as mixing
      his native Nigerian Yoruba language with English. D¹banj started hanging
      out with JJC & 419 Squad, going to their shows, initially just playing
      harmonica on some tracks (including ³See Me See Wahala²), but eventually
      also recording solo tracks with JJC and co-producer Don Jazzy. About JJC,
      D¹banj says: ³It¹s fun working with JJC. He is very intelligent and
      creative.² Together with JJC & 419 Squad D¹banj has performed at many
      high-profile shows in the UK including:
      * WOMAD (the biggest World music festival in the UK), Rivermead, Reading
      * Fast Forward (event organized by the Mayor of London, the BBC and the Arts
      Council) held in Trafalgar Square, the centre of London
      * Out of Africa (a club night at the ever-popular Cargo in Hoxton, London)
      * E Wa Jo (an African family festival) at Lakeside Shopping Centre, Essex
      * Vibrations (South London¹s huge summer festival) in Burgess Park
      * Meet Me There (an African family day out organized by AGOO magazine) at
      Trent Park, Enfield)
      * Black President - The Art and Legacy of Fela Kuti, a concert series held
      at the esteemed Barbican Centre in London (as well as a performance at the
      Black President press launch at Cargo, London)
      * Intro TV¹s Nigerian spot at the Notting Hill Carnival, Cambridge Gardens,
      * African Showcase (an outdoor family event), Wembley
      * Party In The Park Urban Style, Rutland Walk Park, Catford, London
      * The Shrine at Cargo, London

      Together with JJC, Don Jazzy, Kween and Smokey of 419 Squad, D¹banj went to
      Lagos and Abuja, his two favourite places in Nigeria, this summer for a
      promotional trip. D¹banj promoted two of his tracks: ³All Da Way
      (Airbourne)² and ³Mobolowowon (Mo Ti Ja)². Together with the others he did
      countless interviews with radio, TV and press, including Cool FM Lagos &
      Abuja, Eko FM, Metro FM, Brila FM, Star FM, Ray Power, Rhythm FM Abuja, MiTV
      (³Reach Out²), A.I.T. (³Gbedu²), NTA (³AM Express²), LTV (³Full House²),
      Silverbird TV (³Music Africa²), Galaxy TV (³Drums²), Time TV (³Sing On²),
      and MCTV (MC Morris). D¹banj also performed with the others in Lagos (New
      Afrika Shrine and Do It All) and Abuja (The Dome).

      While still occasionally taking to the stage with JJC & 419 Squad, D¹banj is
      now concentrating on his solo shows, as well as performing with Kween who
      D¹banj has also recorded a track with, entitled ³Don¹t Ask Me². D¹banj is a
      natural, charismatic and infectious performer, and a true entertainer. He
      brought the house down at the recent Nigerian Independence Intro Jam 2004 at
      the Ocean Music Venue in London, highlights of which were broadcast on BEN
      TV (Sky TV 184). D¹banj may be a newcomer in this game but he proved that
      he can certainly more than hold his own next to seasoned performers like
      Maintain, Eedris Abdulkareem and JJC & 419 Squad.

      Apart from being influenced by Fela Kuti, D¹banj also enjoys a variety of
      other artists and producers, including R. Kelly (D¹banj¹s first record ever
      bought was R, Kelly¹s ³12 Play² album), Wyclef Jean, JJC & 419 Squad, Onyeka
      Owenu and his friend, and main producer, Don Jazzy. When asked how he would
      describe his own musical style, he says: ³I play the harmonica and I sing
      Afropean (African European) music. My music is from the heart. Is it
      Afrobeat? I think it¹s just uncategorisable.²

      Whilst being a charming, easy-going and humble young man, D¹banj has just
      one ambition: to be the biggest living African artist in the world. With
      his first songs ³Mobolowowon (Mo Ti Ja)², an infectious Afrobeat tune with a
      juju edge, and ³Ton-go-lo² hitting the airwaves and his debut album almost
      ready to go, this ambition could soon turn into reality.

      ³Ton-go-lo² - Video OUT NOW
      The debut album ³No Long Thing² ­ COMING SOON


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