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Demi Oyebanji (A.K.A Emperor) is an independent recording artist and multi – instrumentalist, born June 1996, in Lagos, Nigeria. Although he grew up around the Creative Arts, with a mother who was a Drama Director and a Choir member, an independent gospel singer and a father who is a Playwright, Poet and Sound Engineer, Demi found his love for the stage and the crowds completely independently. This was first noticed when in nursery school and he was asked to perform “O Christmas Tree” and “Jolly old Saint Nicholas” as solos because a choir several grades above him had failed to learn the songs. Young Demi gave the performance and bowed to the crowd’s applause as his mother recalls – It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship between him and performance.

Demi attends the University of Western Ontario where he is studying Popular Music and Business Administration. He loves music and dedicates time to learn new musical instruments having learnt 37 instruments and mastered 8, including: Piano (his first love), guitar, drums, trumpet, trombone, bass, tuba and his main instrument vocals. Emperor would like to note here that he also plays a mean triangle. When not focused on school work, Emperor is busy with one musical act or the other, working with musicians and producers in London, Ontario; Toronto – also in Ontario Canada; Houston, Texas and Lagos, Nigeria.

His previous works, the singles “Badiyaand “Kryptonite” received accolades in Nigeria including newspaper interviews, TV shows and play time on radio and TV. This new album “Checkpoint” is his latest showing of his musical talent.


Artist Statement


  • “The latest album: Checkpoint is exactly as it is named, a checkpoint. A way for me to connect to my fans and let them know, “Yes! I’m still here! I’m still making progress! Here’s something to show you how far we’ve come”. The album really can be used as a beacon to mark my progress. That’s why the songs are so diverse on the album. They were all written and recorded over a span of 6 years and each and everyone showcases a different musical characteristic of Emperor as a whole. My dream was to put together an album that had at least one song for everybody, and one that’s unique and totally independent of the Musical Market. Stressing my ability to say “You like Hardcore music? I’ve got stuff for you” or “you like cheesy romantic songs that’ll make your boyfriend look bad? I’ve got just what you need”. That was my goal with this project and that is what I’ll use to gauge the success of this project. I hope you listen and enjoy what you hear, and find something – a song, a phrase, a beat – just for you. Emperor




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