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Oyato by D’banj – a review

By Charles Mgbolu

Multiple award winning singer D’banj has released his first single titled ‘Oyato’ since he and ace producer Don jazzy parted ways, March this year.

The new single Oyato produced by Jay Sleek who has been signed on as a producer for D’banj maintains a lot that fans have always known D’banj for.

The usual head bobbing, pop beats, hits you first as the approximately three minutes song begins to run followed by an all male chord chorus sang in yoruba language.


Music production was on point, Jay Sleek pulled it through… good. D’banj can be heard in the mix intermittently chanting ‘Oyato’ as the chorus endures but he comes fully alive in the verses; his voice strong yet somewhat emotional.

In Oyato, he maintains that he is D’banj and nothing can change that fact about him. The song cast a stark picture of his recent travails. He reflects on rumours whipped up behind him and the unknown truths he couldn’t bring himself to say. He, however, states that he overcame simply because he is D’banj, a different human being – ‘Oyato’.

D’banj’s harmonica which had varnished from his songs for sometime now is dusted up and used judiciously in this number. Towards the end of the song, D’banj is heard telling Jay Sleek “I wish they’d know me better”

The song is barely days old, yet it’s gained a wide acceptance that is staggering although not surprising; many fans literally worship the star – D’banj.

However, some critiques note that the song may have ended “too soon”. D’banj ran a chorus-verse1-chorus-verse2 pattern that abruptly winded down. There wasn’t that usual hooker that doubled as a bridge just after the second verse which helped threw his songs and everyone trapped within into splintering climax before it’s eventual closure. This was a strong trait he had maintained in his previous songs with Don Jazzy.

It’s however a song coming straight from D’banj’s heart. He maintained the upbeat tempo; filling his voice with positive energy that suggests he is still possessed by that soul so far from giving up.  He made his point absolutely clear.

He is D’banj and different – “Oyato”.

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