Pop star D’Banj and his buddy-manager Bankuli are no longer working together.
The pair who stuck like Siamese, during the bitter drama with Mo’hits/Mavin, following the feud that destroyed D’banj’s friendship with Don Jazzy, has fallen out, according to sources in their camp.
We’re told Bankuli threw in the towel last month, following repeated disagreements with D’banj.
No details on what’s responsible for this fresh brouhaha in D’banj’s camp, but those we’ve spoken to say there are issues of trust, leading to accusations and counter-accusations.
We learnt Bankuli left for Paris after the Koko concert in December and his employer/artiste wasn’t aware of his ‘clandestine’ trip to Paris to drop adlibs on Kanye’s next LP.
Bankuli also hooked up with G.O.O.D Music producer Travis Scott who was signed to Kanye West’s imprint last November. When D’Banj found out, an argument ensued which resulted in both parties going their separate ways.
Bankuli is also a vocalist and sound creator apart from being an A&R, artiste manager and developer.
His vocals can be heard on ‘Lift Off’ featuring Beyonce off the ‘Watch The Throne’ album, and he was credited for his vocal contribution on the track co-produced by Don Jazzy.
He also got additional vocals credit on ‘Illest Mothafucka Alive’ featured on the same album.
Bankuli’s social media profiles- Twitter, Instagram and Facebook- no longer have any DB Records information.
His avatar on Twitter now features a logo of Bankuli Entertainment, his newly floated entertainment outfit.
Bankulli was one of D’Banj’s mainframes, along with business manager Chidi Okeke and few others who stayed loyal to him, when everything came crumbling after his faceoff with Don Jazzy.
The bulky University of Ibadan graduate took over D’banj’s affairs after former manager Sunday Are stepped down, following the Mo’Hits 2012 controversy.
Although his relationship with D’Banj became prominent following the Mo’Hits break up, Bankuli had been involved with the entertainer right from the early days of his career, working with R70 under DJ Abass and Ayo Shonaiya to provide management and agency support.
Bankuli was for many years the Nigerian rep for R70 at a time when the UK-based company was a major link between the Nigerian music industry and the UK.
Insiders say the problems between artiste and manager began after the disastrous Koko Concert of 2012, leading to eventual separation after several allegations were made by the DB records management early this year.
One of the many allegations, we’re told, is ‘anti-label activities’, although no one was willing to give details as at press time.
Our source confirmed that both parties have not seen this year, and chances of reconciliaton are ‘very very slim’, according to an insider.