You can’t talk well-dressed African celebrities without mentioning Afropop singer, D’Banj – one of Africa’s most loved stars, not only because of his music but due to his sense of style.
With a wardrobe that has matured well since he debuted on the scene in 2005 – from his energetic Fela Kuti-inspired style performances to his recent controversial ThisDay cover and many red carpet appearances – we at SPICE have taken note, and incase you’ve missed his evolution in fashion, we’re exploring it here, below;
In 2008, D’Banj released his third album The Entertainer, defying critics who said he couldn’t sing and that he was purely an entertainer. By 2009, D’Banj – with his popular songs “Gbono Feli Feli,” “Suddenly,” “Fall in Love” and “Igwe” had also started a reality show, took the position as the Fela-figure of Afro Beats and became a friend to the President. His wardrobe had also moved onto bigger and better things…
That same year, D’Banj and his longtime partner Don Jazzy did not only release the remix of his hit single “Mr Endowed ft. Snoop Dogg,” but they signed a record deal with Kanye West. Of course, D’Banj’s wardrobe was about to change again.
This association with one of hip hop’s most trendy stars welcomed back D’Banj’s days of urban dressing, and he started his own trend of wearing two wristwatches at once, which he claimed was inspired by Kanye West.
His love for luxury though is also expressed in things other than his wardrobe…
With an international music deal and an international top charting single, D’Banj was on course to become a world renowned star. But by 2012, D’Banj and his longtime best friend and partner announced they were parting ways. Ultimately though, this would be the fall of the Mohits empire and the rise of D’Banj (and his look).
The star may have become a lone ranger, but that didn’t stop the entertainer from evolving into not only a trend-setter, but a statement-maker; a more man with the confidence to do (and wear) whatever he wants!
For the Hennesy Artistry finale in October 2013, D’Banj was spotted wearing a uniquely designed glittering sequinned jacket, which sources hinted cost over 1m Naira, and had been sent in especially from the United States. His love for fine things certainly hasn’t been forgotten…
With his consistently stylish appearances, it is safe to say D’Banj is Africa’s most stylish Male artist, but do you agree? Share your thoughts via the comments box or on Twitter via @SPICETVAFRICA.