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

Published: Sunday 18th Mar 2012 by Sam

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!

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  1. Love on top March 18, 2012

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

  2. yeah March 18, 2012

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

  3. Smh March 18, 2012

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

  4. you March 18, 2012

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

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  6. aishaaguilerakeys March 18, 2012

    I like, but the beat sounds familiar.

  7. aishaaguilerakeys March 18, 2012

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

  8. temitoe March 18, 2012

    D banj is cool

  9. Peggy Hylton March 18, 2012

    D Banj Fally Ipupa makes me proud to be African

  10. Nubian Queen March 18, 2012

    Wiz kid tease me should have gone mainstream.

  11. grammy dammy sammy March 18, 2012

    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. oliver March 18, 2012

    @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. beth March 18, 2012

    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. Steph March 18, 2012

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

  15. Stephen March 19, 2012

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

  16. Kasheit March 19, 2012

    This simply fantastic from great entertainer

  17. dina March 21, 2012

    BRICKA BRICKAA !! hahah

  18. the bug March 24, 2012

    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. kinglady051 July 24, 2012

    I love that Keisha is Jamaican and still reppin Nigerians

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