Nigerian superstar, D’Banj, is back on the music scene with a phenomenal new single, “BANGA”, showing once again why he is the king of Afrobeats. Together with a music video that is cinematic in scale, “BANGA” has the makings of a summer hit. “BANGA” begins with D’Banj declaring, “Allow me to reintroduce myself”, over a reinvigorated Afrobeat, which invites us to ask, “Did he ever leave?” Indeed, D’Banj’s absence from the music scene feels like a brief hiatus.
“Much of what I went through happened in the public eye, including the loss, and grieving of my son, to the welcoming of another baby and a private time for reflection,” said D’Banj, speaking of his time away from music.
His return to the studio is most welcome and this first offering shows an artist who is expressing his growth, experimenting, and innovating a sound he originally exported to the world. The production by TUC, on the mid-tempo track is slick. It includes a team-up with Egypt 80, the iconic Fela Kuti’s band. They deliver a masterclass brass performance, captivating from start to finish. D’Banj’s vocals are polished and effortless, and the hook, “Banga!” is a declaration of both identity and to party.
“A lot has changed in the world including myself as an artist. “BANGA” is my way of reintroducing myself to the music scene and to show my evolution and growth. I’m so excited to connect with my fans old and new and to take them on a journey of new stories and sounds as I express myself,” said D’Banj of the new single and a forthcoming album.
The accompanying video to “BANGA” is a high point. It is directed by Clarence Peters and stars the very sexy Radio Goddess – Moet Abebe. The video positions Africa as the ultimate summer party destination. This is a trip to Africa, not some other international exotic location and D’Banj is pure class with his tongue-in-cheek lyrics, stylish fashion, and indomitable swagger.
“BANGA” is evidence of a strong return to form for D’Banj and, it must be said, a contender for song of the year.