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BN Exclusive: D’banj parties with Label Mate L Marshall, Davido & Naeto C at his “Oliver Twist” Single Release Party in the UK – All the Fun Party Photos

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Davido & L Marshall

On Monday 21st May 2012, Koko master and G.O.O.D Music/MercuryRecords artiste – D’banj held the single release party of his UK chart topping single – Oliver Twist at Aura Nightclub, London, UK.

The event organised to celebrate the success of Oliver Twist on the top 10 UK chart just after its release, saw in attendance friends, fans and well wishers of D’banj as well as top entertainers in Nigeria and UK some of which include D’banj’s Mercury Records label mate L Marshall, on air personality Kojo of Choice FM, Naeto C, DL and  HKN Gang’s Davido, Sina Rambo and B-Red among others.

The man of the day finally came on stage after greeting all attendees and performed the track that has got the whole of UK and Nigeria dancing. Fun, fun and more fun, the party was all you could expect. BellaNaija.com wishes D’banj all the best in all his endeavors.

Photos from the event

DL

Naeto C

Ike

Naeto C & D'banj

L Marshall

Davido

D'banj & Davido

"Just Like Oliver, Oliver, Oliver Twist" D'banj performs his hit track

L Marshall & Naeto C

Naeto & D'banj

Subzstar & Naeto C

Naeto C & Kehinde Okunoren

Shina Rambo & B-Red

Shina Rambo, Naeto C, D'banj & Davido

On Tuesday 22nd May 2012, D’banj thanked all his fans on Facebook for coming to the party the previous night saying “Thanks to all dat came out to party wit me last night! Keep supporting”

If you haven’t seen the video for Oliver Twist, check it out below!

Photo Credits: Factory78tv | Subzstar Photography

63 Comments

  1. Adedoyin

    May 25, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Did anyone notice Davido’s eyebrows…

    • Gimmer

      May 25, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      na today…lol

    • mekhi phifa

      May 25, 2012 at 7:59 pm

      Heeeey!
      No b small thin ooh! Judging frm opinion polls I tort Dbang is Public Enemy no.1 after living Don Jazzy?

      And ps, av not bn 2London but I can spot some guys peace signing der fingers…lol…tort it was local poz 4wannabes.
      But true talk our peeps here in Lagos are tryin very wello bcs ds line up of “pics” luks as if it was shot some club down d road in VI.

      Thank God no Uti n friends are found here but luks like Davido has his own yellow paw paw hangin around him evrywre he goes like MTN *jus my cents*

  2. Bex

    May 25, 2012 at 6:16 pm

  3. Simbi

    May 25, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    na hotdog boku for this party!What happened to tacos?

  4. Temi

    May 25, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Party looks dry and naeto c looks fat. Bleh

    • partyrider

      May 25, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      his wife is feeding him well. 🙂

    • My thoughts exactly

      May 26, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      Someone spoke my mind here! Naeto C is FAT! pls he better hit the Gymn or else he’l loose his spark. Fat does nothing but ruin your looks

  5. annie

    May 25, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Davido be looking like a hunter or even a fisher man lol

    • Aduke.L

      May 26, 2012 at 5:37 am

      LMAOOOO I haff died!….GBAM!!!

  6. lola

    May 25, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    First of all, it sucks not to see the mohit crew celebrate with him, naeto c looks like he is gaining weight and b red looks gud.

  7. UsaveOne

    May 25, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    So no support from the ermmm…i mean Erm…..Excuse me *sneeze* !!
    Check..
    http://usaveone.blogspot.se/2012/05/wife-of-popular-ondo-monarchs-arraigned.html

  8. MAMA PUT

    May 25, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    NICEEE! Couldn’t help but notice that Naeto has gained soooo much weight. He used me be slim, now he looks so stocky!! Cant believe it, even his fingers look swollen. He must really be enjoying marriage oh! He’s morphing into a “real” African married man. great stuff

  9. ayomide

    May 25, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    the smartest move dbanj is making is getting davido on board. if you must succeed in the entertainment business, the artistes that represent the future should be the way to go. I hope Don Jazzy understands the aspect of business before he becomes a dinosaur in the music industry. Tiwa Savage was not a good bargain in my opinion, she is already expiring.

    • KingsQueen

      May 25, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      People steady chatting ish here, what do u really mean by Tiwa Savage is expiring? u gotta be kidding me!!! may u be the one that would expire before you time!

    • mini me

      May 25, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      wow i dont even know where to start. Pls do not compare tiwa’s talents with davido. Are you kidding, pls lets take a poll and find out who people think will have a longer career in music between davido and tiwa savage. she is an incredible singer, songwriter and performer and humble might i add. How can you say she is expiring when her buzz is this big without even dropping an album yet. Plus nigerians are so ignorant when it comes to women. So because she is a certain age her time is expiring. Why dont you quit your job when you are above 30. I mean we dont complain about beyonce, kelly rowland and co who are all in the same age bracket and even jlo who is still rocking the stage and is way older. that means even the likes of 2face and psquare shld stop their dreams because they are older. Tiwa pls keep rocking you are making us proud. don jazzy is a very smart man

    • mekhi phifa

      May 25, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      Nooo Tiwa is Not expiring o abeggooo

    • BANGER BOI

      May 26, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      i kinda understand wot u mean sha……makes sense, u right.

  10. kay

    May 25, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Hmmmm! just passing.

  11. Nma

    May 25, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    This party looks awkward and dry sha.

    Love me some Naetochukwu…effortless swag. Nicole is feeding him well o.

  12. worever

    May 25, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Naeto c ‘s weight looks gd on him. nice pics

  13. kp

    May 25, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Wow!! Dbanj’s shirt looks mad….looks like Balmain or Comme des garçon….serious!

  14. jade

    May 25, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    people can hate jezzzzzzzz, Naeto C is not fat ahhh and Tiwa Savage still reigns plzzzzzz, all of you need to go get a life!

  15. ipublicizenaija

    May 25, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    no babes at this party?

  16. Teefah

    May 25, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    I can’t get over DBanj’s sunglasses….

    http://that1960chick.com

  17. cool cat

    May 26, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Where was kanye or jigga cos they were in london over the weekend as well? I only have 2 questions for dbanj, 1. What are you doing in the UK when you should be breaking into the US market, moreso when its still the same naija people supporting you o’er there. 2. When are you releasing a new single(at least) on your new label. Don jazzy is still getting the credits for producing oliver twist so we need you to dissociate yourself from mohits. The sooner you record new tracks, the better cos as it is you can’t do a concert with tracks produced by jazzy. I just hope you do soon so all these snide comments will stop.

    • teni

      May 26, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      cool cat, your ignorance knows no bounds…1. jayz and kanye west left the uk for belgium and france where they had shows this week so its obvious u know not what u speak of. Also even if they’re in the uk why should they now be following dbanj everywhere? dbanj has now joined them in cannes. 2. what do u mean what is he doing in the UK? are u seriously this blonde? an artist released a song in the UK and u are asking what is he doing there? isn’t he signed to mercury records, one of the UK’s biggest labels? where exactly did he tell u it was the US market he wanted to break into? and even if so things are done in stages incase you didn’t know…ppl just want to talk sha….

    • No Joncing

      May 29, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      You seem the only one that’s packed with exmplary knowledge?

  18. Facade

    May 26, 2012 at 12:38 am

    NAeto pls find a threadmill before you join wande coal on the Orobo train

  19. marvel

    May 26, 2012 at 6:54 am

    @Cool cat – what is DBanj doing in the UK abi? You know SFA about breaking into the US markets (it is the most difficult to break into) so stop showing off..
    FYI, DBanj’s Oliver Twist got aired on BBC1’s New Year Celebrations (which garners a huge audience), not Jigga and certainly not Kanye West.
    DBanj lived in the UK just incase you did not know and carved his career there, is the artist and as long as the music industry remains, it is the artist not the bloody producer that gets the credit. The money is another thing but when you listen to Beat It or Billie Jean, Micheal Jackson comes to mind not some producer. If you stop confusing issues.

  20. Daniel Kreiss

    May 26, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Sorry but the guy with the mohawk staring @ Davido is creeping me out!
    is he a serial killer?

  21. christy

    May 26, 2012 at 9:24 am

    The white men will surely be having a laugh on us. Throwing a party over been in a Top 10 UK chart? What if it is grammy award that is been won? I guess the whole country will thrown into confusion! When are we going to over grown this inferiority madness? Are we seriously still this backward? God help us to reclaim and overcome this mentality,we were all born equal in the sight of God,and heaven knew no superiority.

    • teni

      May 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      Your ignorance knows no bounds christy…even british artists throw parties when they release songs…thats why its called a single release party…Rita Ora did hers some weeks before as well…its obvious that its ur kind that makes the white men laugh at us.

    • kenks

      May 28, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      Geeez!!!!
      Everybody’s ignorance knows no bounds!!!!!
      Why r u all out on people’s ignorance???
      You must be a walking “dbanj/music industry” encyclopedia.
      Or the “Ignorance Police”!!!!
      Calm down abeg. No be exam.
      I know my own ignorance will know no bounds too, abi?

  22. ayomide

    May 26, 2012 at 10:45 am

    D’banj is gambling and is putting almost everything on line. It takes someone with foresight and a risk taker to do that. If his gamble works, it would pay younger artistes coming behind him because his efforts would have established reliable contacts and structures in the music industry.Fela that would helped bring African music to the global place, I mean with more commercial and cross over appeal did not do it because he was a music purist and activist.

  23. DatFashionboy

    May 26, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Seriously it looks like dey are clubbing on the island.I’m feeling davido and dbanj,I feel they would make a great team.Why are dis two boyz(shina rambo and B-Red) living their life thru davido???I’m just saying.

    http://www.datfashionboy.blogspot.com

  24. cool cat

    May 26, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    @teni, when a new artist is signed to a label, he gets 100% support from the exec’s and yes they should follow him around. When usher signed bieber he literally followed him everywhere so he can get d recognition he needs with the public. If you could think beyond your nose, maybe you’d understand the undertone of my comment. Dbanj lived in d uk, dabbled a little in music with no breakthrough, came to naija and within a short time got to the top. During this time held several shows in the UK and became very prominent, the last koko concert(where kanye followed him) was a huge success, koko mansion was also big in the UK, bottom line, the UK is already in his kitty. If you want to dominate you don’t go back to grounds you’ve already broken, you move on to bigger and better things. I suppose in your small mind you consider that progressive. Wizkid is touring UK massively under Konvict/EME label. Now dbanj is signed to mercury which is under good music., creating unecessary bottlenecks where with mohits he was the co-decision maker. I will categorically let you know that dbanj is richer than any artist signed on mercury. Mohits was making a ton of money and dbanj made even more personally, no tax, several freebies and over-priced endorsements, he signed to good music and they have relegated him to UK. What support has kanye given him since he signed on? I have it on good authority that dbanj single handedly funded oliver twist video. That’s stupidity of the highest order and much as I love dbanj, he goofed on this one!

    • Ugofrances

      May 27, 2012 at 10:24 am

      @cool cat.. well said!

    • Teni

      May 27, 2012 at 10:48 am

      like i said before cool cat, your ignorance knows no bounds…you actually came back to grace us with your ignorance in its entirety and abundance…it is with great pity i respond to you….this is the problem with some nigerians, u dont know something yet u will not agree that u dont know so that u can be enlightened…how can u say D’banj is the richest artist on mercury? is he richer than Mariah Carey, Elton John, Jay-z and george michael? I am restraining myself from calling you a fool…the internet is your friend, feel free to utilize it to your own advantage before you go about showing your ignorant attributes all over BN…it is obvious you dont live in the UK if not you would know that he has not conquered it in anyway, in fact he is very far from it. Is it because he has conquered the nigerian audience in the UK you say he has conquered it? If you were not a myopic human being you will know that Kane West is an artist himself so he should leave his own career to be following D’banj to party when he is on tour? He has just released an album which he is tryin to promote…Usher was never following Justin Bieber up and down, i am yet to understand what u mean by this tbh…so tell me was koko concert a success because kanye made a surprise appearance? and how many oyinbos did u see there since he has broken the UK market?? You also said Mercury records is under good music, this statement doesnt even need a response. its obvious you r just showing off now….your ignorance that is.

    • Temi

      May 28, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      Well said. You know your shit.

    • Mary

      May 29, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      Yes Dbanj is popular in the UK but his popularity was underground, he never had any of his songs played on the radio over here until Oliver Twist. Dbanj is now not only known to Nigerians. So your comment about him having the UK in the kitty is not entirely true….

  25. Xkz

    May 26, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    @cool cat . Thought they said ye gave him some big Azz bling, which should more than pay for the video. And how much do you reckon it would cost to have ye appear in anyone’s video. What me think is that, it’s all about the Benjamin. And everyone involved gets paid at the end of the day.

  26. zee

    May 26, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    I remember back in the days when i was in S.S.3 and Dbanj was neighbors with my friend. He used to come play his mix-tapes for their elder sis while we used to laugh at him in the background…… Men! i take back my laugh every time i see this dude on TV!!!!!!

  27. YEYEAREWA

    May 27, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    lol @ zee…. BUh serzly guys, i wish Dbanj & Donjazzy never split up. it was almost lyk a marriage made in heaven. Am sure each of dem miss one another. I sure missed Donjazzy’s absence in d oliver twist video sha

  28. cool cat

    May 27, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    @teni it is people like you who give dbanj false hope. To think that some of you recession-saddled “UK residents” actually believe he will go farther than the nigerian audience and break into the white(oyibo) population is ludicrous. Is it with his singing skills, or dancing ability? Or he will go sell kokolets mantra to them abi? You lot who search for greener pastures only to be dealt a disappointing blow think that a performer who cannot carry a tune will be appreciated by the white man. Since I live in nigeria I’ll have you know that the success of our entertainment industry is solely hinged on our large population, within and without. It is the nigerian crowd abroad that will buy your CD’s and concert tickets. You wll not perform at the grammy’s, best you exploit your available market and consistently deliver on tracks.

    If you stopped being so foul-thinking for a minute and refute the claims I’ve made. I may be ignorant but its better than being deluded like you. Someone mentioned that its difficult to break into the US market. Hell yeah it is, and from the statements issued by dbanj himself, his ultimate goal was the US. He said kanye told him “if anyone was to deliver the US to him, it’d be himself(kanye) and not snoop dog. How did this big dream become lil ol london? I guess he’ll be touring wales, scotland and the rest of the UK.

    I accept I don’t have a lot of info bout mercury records, I do apologise but hey, there’s good music, universal, mercury, mohits, mavin…its kinda confusing innit? (LMAO)

    Answer me this though, kanye is busy promoting his new album but how does he find the time to follow kim kardashian up and down???

    You may wish to advice dbanj that don jazzy is still the producer on oliver twist, he should do something new quickly, record labels have been known to drop artists!

  29. cool cat

    May 27, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    @teni, we need not banter on dbanj’s career, won’t put money in our pockets. We’re simply fans who have different opinions about his choices, I’ve expressed mine…#dropsthemic

  30. Ugbaby

    May 27, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Looool! Lovely debate! I love that bit of ‘I’m restraining myself from calling u a fool’! Jeeeeez! That’s so hilarious! I cnt stop laughing and rolling on my bed… Looooool! OMG! Thumbs up to u two.. Lovely debate! Looool!

  31. Bayo

    May 28, 2012 at 9:05 am

    @cool cat i love the way u handled the lovely argument with @teni, it was with full of maturity… i agree with u on this one “Answer me this though, kanye is busy promoting his new album but how does he find the time to follow kim kardashian up and down???”… it was a very good question. and since u av #droppedthemic who r we passing it to, @teni? common someone shld #pickthemic… lmao

    • Tope

      May 29, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      Errr little ol London? For someone who lives in Nigeria u should refrain from making those kind of comments. I was born and bred in the UK and all my non nigerian freidns love Dbanj, white, black, asian u name it, so your comment about the ‘white man’ not buying his music is based on your ignorant assumptions. How do u know that when u live in Nigeria???? Lol wow Take it from someoen who LIVES in London that Dbanj is loved by so many people of differerent reaces not just black people. Who do u think is buying his single???? Black ppl only make up a small percentage of the UK. Please go and taje several seats love….

  32. christy

    May 28, 2012 at 10:19 am

    I wish dis argument could still continue *sad face*

  33. popo

    May 28, 2012 at 10:26 am

    TEAMCOOLCAT

  34. popo

    May 28, 2012 at 10:27 am

    let the comments roll we not talkn bu d pictrs anymore its COOL CAT and TENI now leggo

  35. Jules

    May 28, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Y’all, fight clean now… @teni, girl up! is D’banj your lover?

  36. Thatgirl!!

    May 28, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    DL….looking fly. from we ur fans at oduntan

  37. kay

    May 28, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    your ignorance knws no bound. lol. lmao. #teamcoolcat

  38. king

    May 28, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    @cool cat….its so sad to hear you talk of a man of vision and courage….i want to ask you, how many naija musician as break into uk top 10 in a week…and u said people like teni do give dbanj false hope…its shows the kind of man u will be that u will better off as a local champion than to strive and mark ur name on the world map, he is in top 10 itune and uk.and nothin can never change that..i know u may not know the meaning of itune downloads but it simply means artist with the most downloads and they are be paid for it…not in naija that piracy is in ur blood and have u heard about the vodafone deal, where he is promoting for africa to have a platform where music can be download legally and the artist will be paid handsomely for there job …and to the issue of don jazzy…if u dont know the meaning of partnership go and read about it, what brings both of them together is business and a joint vision and since they dont shared the same kind of vision then there is bound to be a break up….nobody lose…wait until dbanj is officially def jam africa president and see if marvin will not be sign on to it….cool cat..reason and talk with sense, things are different from ur backyard….Peace

  39. foxmox

    May 28, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    #TeamCoolCat still!! LOL

  40. cool cat

    May 29, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    I’m posting this, not to buttress or dispel any claims made here, but purely for our enlightenment. My earlier posts were an emotional reaction from a layman’s point of view. The internet really is our friend and we can reference links when necessary. I’ve done just that. So universal is a large group comprising several record labels like Roca, island def Jam, mercury among others, and have quite a number of the world’s top selling artistes signed on. Universal recently bought EMI records(adele is signed to XL under this label) for £1.2m though its been met with a lot of criticism. The smaller independent labels opine that the buy-out will impede the development of new talent who might never break into the mainstream music industry. In effect, airplay, shelf space, endorsements will be controlled by the big guns, edging out up and coming artistes. On a lighter note, musicians like VICKO may never be given a chance to feature on a large. Its akin to the phrase, “monkey de work, baboon de chop”. The small labels discover new artists, strive to promote them, and then the bigger labels come and scoop them up. I personally see nothing wrong with this, as the market is big enough for everyone, and if some artistes don’t move up, there never will be space for new entrants.

    Unabashedly, I say dbanj is visionary. If IDJ is replicated in Africa, it could mean a massive boost for african artistes. It will be a long road ahead but the benefits will be far-reaching. Dbanj may very well be on the verge of making history but I’ll also point out 2 major areas that need attention. 1 is training. A lot of african artists are lacking in voice control, stage presence, image branding, diction(speech, thesaurus and articulation included). There are several top notch performing arts schools worldwide and prospecting labels need to make such investments in their artists 2. Representation. Being well connected doesn’t necessarily make one a PR person. The dropthemic saga and even buying “boys” bentley and jeeps should never have been allowed by a good PR company. Public/personal relations comprises relating with fans, issuing press statements to clear the air on disputes, retractions, promotions and generally putting the artist in a good standing with the public.

    Dbanj has huge shoes to fill, do I think its too much too soon, YES, do I think it will distract him from pursuing his career, YES, but ultimately I DO NOT know what his goals are. I know he will make a ton of money though and create opportunities for budding artists.
    I’ll miss the mohits magic, dbanj’s zany attitude on stage, and his swag. Himself and jazzy should just stop this nonsense and realise that they will still cross paths, both names are synonymous with the nigerian music industry and should just entertain us. Lol

  41. somborri

    May 30, 2012 at 6:11 am

    Dbanj qatch ur self oh!!! Like someone said go back to the studioa and work on something nice. The success you are riding on is donjazzy`s own. You are giving him great attention.

  42. cathy

    May 30, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    @cool cat you are an educated illiterate! Go get a life and a job that’s if you are employable and stop writing thesis on BN *rolls eyes*

  43. gingerbreadman

    June 7, 2012 at 2:14 am

    u wrnt der n ur sayin d party ws dry Nigerians can be fuckd sha! sme pple jst cme hre 2 tlk crap.dissin dbanj cos dude is progressing eyin ota pple lke dat dumb ass COOL CAT wit ur stupid opinions.Dbanj & donjazzy both made mohits n built it wit their hardwrk n sweat.dbanj decided 2 leave n hs gne international nw sme fucktads r hating on d dude cos he is winning lol.haters shld get a life cos at d end of d day dos guys wil stil make their money

  44. promise okey

    June 7, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    D KOKO MASTER UR SHIRT MAK SENCE DIE,,,UR ON TOP,,,KUDOS

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