Reigning from the motherland of Africa, this Nigerian singer is bringing African music to the American mainstream.
Born Dapo Oyebanjo, D'Banj has already received recognition from his musical peers.
In 2009, D'Banj took home "Artist Of The Year" award during the MTV African Music Awards and Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2007.
GlobalGrind caught up with D'Banj during the 2011 BET Awards to ask him about signing with Kanye, advice from Jay-Z, and of course, his music.
Check out the exclsuive interview below!
GlobalGrind: How long have you been doing music?
D’banj: For six to seven years. It’s the same thing, but this time around we’re expanding globally with Kanye West. G.O.O.D. music is on the field. I think you’re going to see a mixture of Africa and America. I’m full African.
How would you describe that mixture of Africa meets America? What would you say that you bring to the table that’s different?
I bring Africa. Originality, we have greetings, we have sound. I’m not just a musician. I play the instruments, I play the harmonica. So we’ll be working together. I have a original stuff, I must say.