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You'll Be Hearing D'banj's New Single at Nigerian Weddings for the Rest of the Year

D'banj turns 35-years-old today and to celebrate he's released the new single "If No Be God (Superstar)."

D'banj turns 35-years-old today and to celebrate he's released the new single "If No Be God (Superstar)."


The songs captures the Koko Master in a grateful and spiritual mood as he gives thanks for his personal and professional successes over airy keyboards and shuffling percussion to do the shoki to.

Read D'banj's birthday note below, which he posted on his Facebook page, and check out at preview of  the single's upcoming music video via his Instagram.

"If No Be God (Superstar)" can be downloaded here.

You'll probably be hearing this one at Nigerian weddings for the rest of the year.

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Everything I am is from you Lord... And this Video is dedicated to you the Real #Superstar #ifnobeGod

A video posted by D'banj D Kokomaster (@iambangalee) on

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This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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