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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Durella get signed to DB records




D'banj's quest for dominance in the Nigerian
music scene won't stop now; he might have
lost out on signing Olamide and Davido – but
he has nicked another artiste, this time a
familiar friend-foe.
The self-proclaimed 'African Michael Jacskon',
we've learnt has signed his friend-turned-foe-
turned-friend Oluwadamilare Okulaja better known
to the public as Durella.
The move might however not come as a surprise to
everyone, considering that Banger Lee (that's
D'banj's new nickname by the way) and the 'King
of the Zanga' Durella recently settled their
differences. Some weeks back, D'banj and his DB
Records crew released a single 'Ibadi e' off their

compilation album (D' King's Men) which
featured a verse from Durella.
Fans were very excited to see the pair had reunited
after a very long and well publicized fall out
between the pop acts.
FLASHBACK
The beef between Durella and D'banj started in
late 2006 when the latter accused Banger Lee of
jacking his style of singing. Apparently when
D'banj and Don Jazzy returned to Nigeria in 2004,
they met up with Durella and soon became friends.
Sources tell us that D'banj and Durella were quite
close and were spotted together in the studio
several times.
'I remember when Durella followed D'banj, Don
Jazzy to Jahborne's music factory studio when
D'banj wanted to record 'Tongolo' remix', a source
recounts.
Of course D'banj had blown up and had released
his second album 'Rundown' in 2007 when Durella
signed with TC Records and finally launched his
career. It didn't take long for Durella to blow up too
with hits like 'In da Zanga', 'Wiskolowiska' and
'Shayo' gaining massive appeal. He also won the
MTV and Zain 'Advance Warning' reality show in
2008.
Then came the interviews; Durella clearly stated
that D'banj had stolen his style. The media of
course jumped on it, comparing both artistes.
Truthfully, they did sound very similar. And it
seemed like D'banj was aware as he switched up
the flow on the 2008 Nigerian Pop classic album
'The Entertainer'. Their fight sort of fizzled out
though as Durella later backed off. 'D'banj is my
man, aaah, I like his mo gbono feli feli jam', Durella
told Onome ' BigTyme' Oyaide in an interview on
urban radio station Rhythm FM 93.7 in late 2008.
BACK TO THE MATTER
We are told that D'banj and DB Records bought out
Durella's contract from his present record
label IKONIC Music where the Pop act's career has
been in limbo since he signed in mid-2011 after
ending his three-year contract with TC Records. His
upcoming album ' Back/Better/Bada' has been
pushed back one too many times
'Durella has signed with D'banj, he (D'banj) bought
out the contract, that's what I can tell you', a
source in Durella's camp tells us.
A rep for D'banj refused to respond to enquiries
after asking us to send text messages to her
mobile phone.

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