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D’Banj Signs Durella To DB Records

Posted by donboye on May 20, 2013 in AUDIO · 9 Comments


D’banj‘s quest for dominance in the Nigerian music scene won’t stop now; he might have lost out on signing Olamide and Davido – but he has nicked another artiste, this time a familiar friend-foe.

The self-proclaimed ‘African Michael Jacskon‘, we’ve learnt has signed his friend-turned-foe-turned-friend Oluwadamilare Okulaja better known to the public as Durella.

The move might however not come as a surprise to everyone, considering that Banger Lee (that’s D’banj’s new nickname by the way) and the ‘King of the Zanga’ Durella recently settled their differences. Some weeks back, D’banj and his DB Records crew released a single ‘Ibadi e‘ off their compilation album (D’ King’s Men) which featured a verse from Durella.

Fans were very excited to see the pair had reunited after a very long and well publicized fall out between the pop acts.


The beef between Durella and D’banj started in late 2006 when the latter accused Banger Lee of jacking his style of singing. Apparently when D’banj and Don Jazzy returned to Nigeria in 2004, they met up with Durella and soon became friends. Sources tell us that D’banj and Durella were quite close and were spotted together in the studio several times.

I remember when Durella followed D’banj, Don Jazzy to Jahborne’s music factory studio when D’banj wanted to record ‘Tongolo’ remix’, a source recounts.

Of course D’banj had blown up and had released his second album ‘Rundown’ in 2007 when Durella signed with TC Records and finally launched his career. It didn’t take long for Durella to blow up too with hits like ‘In da Zanga’, ‘Wiskolowiska’ and ‘Shayo’ gaining massive appeal. He also won the MTV and Zain ‘Advance Warning’ reality show in 2008.

Then came the interviews; Durella clearly stated that D’banj had stolen his style. The media of course jumped on it, comparing both artistes. Truthfully, they did sound very similar. And it seemed like D’banj was aware as he switched up the flow on the 2008 Nigerian Pop classic album ‘The Entertainer’. Their fight sort of fizzled out though as Durella later backed off. ‘D’banj is my man, aaah, I like his mo gbono feli feli jam’, Durella told Onome ‘BigTyme’ Oyaide in an interview on urban radio station Rhythm FM 93.7 in late 2008.


We are told that D’banj and DB Records bought out Durella’s contract from his present record labelIKONIC Music where the Pop act’s career has been in limbo since he signed in mid-2011 after ending his three-year contract with TC Records. His upcoming album ‘Back/Better/Bada’ has been pushed back one too many times

Durella has signed with D’banj, he (D’banj) bought out the contract, that’s what I can tell you’, a source in Durella’s camp tells us.

A rep for D’banj refused to respond to enquiries after asking us to send text messages to her mobile phone.



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  1. Una don com again oo, cos frm all watt I read, can’t c it anywia dt d’banj claims dis is tru, y*all jus b carryin rumors, sam wit olamide!..

  2. dat cool, I believe I will surely sign on a label soon.Download this new hit KAABO{welcome} by OLIKS OMOBA produced by T Blade for extreme music, have fun with it.

  3. Una nor dey rest abi? I no know if dem use fake stories n news swear for una. RUBBISH!

  4. if this is true, then on one hand, what does d’banj hope to gain by signing a phased out artiste as durella or him just wan help d guy with some of his cash? and on the other hand i dont think db records has got d steaze to blow durella again, cos even d’banj’s and kswitch’s new songs are not banging d air-waves , clubs and parties, so durella needs to re-think dat decision except he’s got his mind on just following d’banj around abroad attending shows where his songs wldnt even be recognized or accepted by fans there.In my own candid opinion, Durella doesnt need db records to bounce back into the industry, he should just produce gud hit songs cos he already has d old glory?

  5. Tru talk @jay.

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