Nigerian superstar D’Banj has been named as this year’s Special Recognition award recipient at the upcoming Channel O Music Video Awards which will be broadcast live on Friday 11 November.
D’Banj follows in the footsteps of many of Africa’s most prominent and successful musicians including K’naan who was given the Special Recognition award in 2010, Brenda Fassie in 2009 as well as George Lee in 2008.
Being honoured in this way by the Channel O Music Video Awards, brought to you in association with Hyundai, is even more notable for the fact that D’Banj released his debut album just six years ago. However, such has his impact been nationally, continentally and now internationally with his signing to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music record label, that D’Banj more than deserves this highly prestigious award.
Since the release of his debut, ‘No Long Thing’ in 2005, featuring the smash hit ‘Tongolo’, D’Banj has worked ceaselessly to create a career that’s now the benchmark for 21st century African artists.
Part of the Mo’ Hits Records stable, D'Banj's second album, ‘Rundown Funk U Up’ (2006) proved his ability to create club hits, ‘Tongolo’ (Remix) as well as radio number ones, like the single ‘Why Me?’ His hit-making ability was only reinforced in 2008 with the release of his third album, ‘The Entertainer’, featuring the singles ‘Gbono Feli Feli’, ‘Kimon’, ‘Olorun Maje’ and ‘Entertainer’.
In 2007 D‘Banj hosted the Channel O Music Video Awards with DJ Sbu.
“His star has been rising for many years now. D’Banj is an artist who has the ability to communicate and connect in a meaningful way. As a musician he is a trendsetter and as a presenter he is entertaining with a wonderful sense of humour. His success both at home and internationally is a testament to his great talent and I am in no doubt that this is just the beginning,” says Yolisa Phahle channel director of Local Interest Channels.
Voting for the 2011 Channel O Music Video Awards is now closed.
The Channel O Music Video Awards will be held on Friday 11 November 2011 at the Sandton Convention Center.