D’Banj Debuts ‘Oliver Twist’ Video / Afrobeats Hits Mainstream

After burning up the clubs for many a year, Afrobeats are finally roaring their way into the mainstream.

And with the likes of Tiwa Savage leading the way, next up is Kanye West‘s Nigerian protegee D’Banj.

A staple on the music scene of his homeland, the rapper was snapped up by Ye’s GOOD Music imprint last year, and has today unveiled the video for his first mainstream release ‘Oliver Twist’.

Armed with many an African ism (see: “gari”, “omotola”), the uptempo sees the rising star fuse the West with West Africa, blending up a banger of a track.

Hit ‘Play’ on the clip above (which features cameos from West, label mate Big Sean and Sugababe Keisha Buchanan) and let us know what you think!



  1. March 18, 2012 at 3:36 pm
    Love on top says:

    Tiwa savage Could really make it “Love me” slays this NEXT! Tiwa get your ass a major label lol

  2. March 18, 2012 at 3:51 pm
    yeah says:

    Finally nigerian artist are doing something in America. D’Banj is my fave forever.

  3. March 18, 2012 at 4:00 pm
    Smh says:

    High point,Kanye cameo. The song is wack and makes no sense/has no meaning. Nice beat though.

  4. March 18, 2012 at 4:20 pm
    you says:

    It makes perfect sense. It’s about being a beggar/just a humble man.

  5. March 18, 2012 at 4:20 pm
    crack0back0 says:


  6. March 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm
    aishaaguilerakeys says:

    I like, but the beat sounds familiar.

  7. March 18, 2012 at 4:27 pm
    aishaaguilerakeys says:

    Sam, what r u talking about, “afrobeats goes mainstream”? It already was, remember Fela ad Femi Kuti and countless others?

  8. March 18, 2012 at 4:39 pm
    temitoe says:

    D banj is cool

  9. March 18, 2012 at 4:59 pm
    Peggy Hylton says:

    D Banj Fally Ipupa makes me proud to be African

  10. March 18, 2012 at 5:05 pm
    Nubian Queen says:

    Wiz kid tease me should have gone mainstream.

  11. March 18, 2012 at 5:10 pm
    grammy dammy sammy says:

    ooh i love this tune, u can bet i go AWF when its played at dudu parties lol. the mention of Queen Bey is just a bonus

    yeah all d best to Dbanj i love his style, i think he’s my fav current Naija act next to Styl-Plus. Wande Coal is aight too

    cant wait to go back to Nigeria this November yup!!!!

  12. March 18, 2012 at 5:34 pm
    oliver says:

    @you,Its not about being a beggar, it about wanting more- oliver twist- not being able to settle for one woman but you are attracted to different aspects of different women.

  13. March 18, 2012 at 7:45 pm
    beth says:

    Sam u r an idiot! Dont disrespect Nigerians! Afrobeat is the Kuti’s, Lagbaja and so on! And all those guys are well known over the world. Their tours overseas go for hundreds of dollars and they all sell out.

    Dbanj is cookie cutter pop. He cant sing one bit. His entire voice is auto tuned to death here and American public will kill him to death. He cannot sing for s***! And the lyrics of the song are so much rubbish that even a blind retarded kid could have written!
    Dbanj is too rass! He is a high school dropout and its evident in the way he carries himself.

  14. March 18, 2012 at 10:12 pm
    Steph says:

    Nigerians are taking over! That Grape Juice ROCKS! thanks for representing <3

  15. March 19, 2012 at 1:08 am
    Stephen says:

    @Beth: you just spoke my mind. D’Banj himself knows that he isn’t a vocalist but an entertainer that can barely dance

  16. March 19, 2012 at 1:56 pm
    Kasheit says:

    This simply fantastic from great entertainer

  17. March 21, 2012 at 3:01 pm
    dina says:

    BRICKA BRICKAA !! hahah

  18. March 24, 2012 at 12:46 am
    the bug says:

    D’banj’s OlivEr Twist is the last of his tracks that would be a bang cos he is empty without his producer (Don Jazzy).

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  20. July 24, 2012 at 11:53 am
    kinglady051 says:

    I love that Keisha is Jamaican and still reppin Nigerians

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