The Entertainer (D'banj album)

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This article is about the 2008 studio album by D'banj. For other uses, see The Entertainer.
The Entertainer
Studio album by D'banj
Released September 11, 2008 (2008-09-11)
Recorded 2008
Genre R&B, hip hop, Afrobeat
Label Mo' Hits Records
Producer Don Jazzy
D'banj chronology
RunDown Funk U Up
(2006)
The Entertainer
(2008)
DKM (D'King's Men)
(2013)

The Entertainer is the third studio album by Nigerian Afrobeat recording artist D'banj, released in 2008. Production on the album was handled by Don Jazzy. It features guest appearances from Wande Coal, Special Kid, and Kayswitch 'D Produkt’. It was supported by seven singles—"Fall in Love", "Gbono Feli Feli", "Suddenly", "Kimon", "Igwe", "Olorun Maje", and "Entertainer". The album was named in reference to D'banj's skill as an entertainer. The album was a commercial success due largely to radio airplay, distribution, and marketing strategies.

Background[edit]

Commenting on the album, D'banj said:

"I tried not to remind my listeners of the high level of unemployment, poverty, disease, electricity outage including the pains and all the troubles in this world. The concept is to keep it live and happy. All the songs are my personal experiences and journey through life. I hope to touch everyone with this album and I pray the people find it worthwhile."[1]

Reception[edit]

The album was met with great reception throughout Africa, but performed best in Ghana and Nigeria. The tracks "Gbono Feli Feli", "Igwe", and "Suddenly" influenced Africa's nightlife. The song "Fall in Love" was also met with commercial success, getting the most airplay from the album.

Singles[edit]

  • According to Bellanaija, "the music video for "Suddenly" was shot on location at Chief Razak Okoya’s ‘Oluwa Ni Ishola’ Estate and directed by Sesan Ogunro. It features D’Banj, a bevy of scantily clad women, Ikechukwu, Wande Coal, Don Baba J and the rest of the Mo Hits Crew." [2][3]
  • The music video for "Kimon" was directed by Sesan.[4][5]
  • A video uploaded to YouTube shows the Kokomaster performing "Igwe" with Wande Coal.[6] D'banj also performed the song at the 2012 Hackney Weekend in London.
  • "Olorun Maje" is a single from his third studio album.
  • "Entertainer" is a single from this album.
  • "Gbono Feli Feli" was produced by Don Jazzy.[7] The music video for the single was shot in London and directed by Sesan. The music video first aired on an episode of reality television show, Koko Mansion.[8] Olamildent described the music video, saying: "In this new video, D'banj poses as the prince charming who rescues the damsel or should I say kokolette in distress." [9] Upon its release, the song and its music video was met with positive reviews. Onos O of Bellanaija, reflecting on the songs that shaped the Nigerian music industry, said: "This song and its video are like plot points in Nigerian pop culture. D’Banj and Don Jazzy didn’t take it easy on the music industry when this song came out. Mo Gbono Feli Feli took Nigeria by storm; the special effects and locations in the video were like none anyone had ever seen in the industry before, back then."[10] M.I did a cover of the song, which was included on his iLLegal Music mixtape.[11]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Gbono Feli Feli"   Dapo Oyebanjo Michael Collins Ajereh 4:18
2. "Kimon"   Dapo Oyebanjo Michael Collins Ajereh 3:46
3. "Celebrate" (featuring Wande Coal) Dapo Oyebanjo and Oluwatobi Wande Ojosipe Michael Collins Ajereh 3:50
4. "Olorun Maje"   Dapo Oyebanjo Michael Collins Ajereh 4:52
5. "Suddenly"   Dapo Oyebanjo Michael Collins Ajereh 3:34
6. "Fall in Love"   Dapo Oyebanjo Michael Collins Ajereh 4:04
7. "Gbelo Gbelo" (featuring Special Kid) Dapo Oyebanjo Michael Collins Ajereh 3:08
8. "Igwe"   Dapo Oyebanjo Michael Collins Ajereh 3:50
9. "If U Dey Crase" (featuring Kayswitch 'D Produkt’) Dapo Oyebanjo and Kehinde Oladotun Oyebanjo Michael Collins Ajereh 3:51
10. "Entertainer"   Dapo Oyebanjo Michael Collins Ajereh 3:36

References[edit]

  1. ^ "D’Banj launches new album, NGO". Modernghana. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "New Video: D’Banj tells the story of ‘Suddenly’". Bellanaija. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Video: D’banj – Suddenly". Notjustok. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "D’banj – Kimon (Exclusive Video)". Gidilounge. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "New Video: D’Banj – Kimon". Bellanaija. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Video: D'banj - Olorun Maje (Live)". Notjustok. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Video: D’banj – Gbono Feli Feli". Notjustok. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "New Video: D’Banj – Gbono Feli Feli". Bellanaija. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "D'banj's new video - gbono feli feli". Olamildent. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "BN Music Friday Top 5: "It’s Don Jazzy Again"". Bellanaija. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Download M.I – iLLegal Music (Exclusive)". Notjustok. Retrieved 11 October 2013.