Stephen Olaitan Oladeji better known as Galaybanton is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and dancer based in South Africa. He started his musical journey at the age of 13 years but ignited the fire within him professionally when he turned 25 year of age. He really has not released any album or EP but he’s set his eyes on the pinnacle of the trade.
According to him in a recent interview, he said he was born for greatness and would settle for nothing less. When he seemed his career was dragging after his graduation in Nigeria, he set sail for South Africa where he has found his Mojo.
Galaybanton idolizes Oduduwa, the father and progenitor of the Yoruba race and expresses his very essence in his craft for inspiration and pride but his magic begins with his name which he says represents “greatness”
When asked about his name, he said, “I scrimmaged it myself, I enjoy Banton – and therefore came up with something more artist like, a stage name if you like. To me it represents greatness, it represents positivism in all circumstances. I constantly use this powerful slogan “Moti Galaybanton”. Banton means heavyweight lyricist but me putting it together with Galay, give it a new meaning of greatness, any thing positive.”
“I moved to South Africa at the age of 19, this was purely to seek better music opportunities, knowledge and experience. I had a gut feeling that my music career would take flight here and I turned out to be right. Being here definitely met my expectations in terms of my musical career,” he added.
Galaybanton has extended and shared his harmonious and melodic skills into songs such as; “Oh My Gucci” with Bongani Fassie, “Jika” with Yanga and AKA, “Wraith Ghost Lambo” with Kiddominant (yet to be released) and also worked with the Grammy-nominated producer, Kel P on his soon-to-be-released single “Nene”.
One of his singles“Pokish” was released in 2019 with Enamel and it is the epitome of creativity in Afrobeat production laced with innovative sounds and smooth vocals.
Using production software such as Logic and Protunes to create his own beats, tunes and melodies for his custom sounds, he has transmuted into a genre he is now known for “Afropop”.
One of his biggest inspirations growing up was the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, 2pac and Tuface Idibia. His passion and energy for pop and Afrobeat bangers can be heard in his debut single “Weekend” along with spicy African bass drums.
“Weekend” is the perfect fusion of these sounds. With it, Galaybanton has taken Afrofusion to an astronomical level with captivating effect.
He was born and raised in Oko-oba, Agege Lagos Nigeria. He went to Shade Private School and Lagos Baptist Secondary School, Orile Agege, Lagos. He studied Banking and Finance at the Ibadan Polytechnic, Oyo State, also in Nigeria. He relocated to South Africa at the age of 19 to pursue his music career.
He currently ply his trade as a singer, songwriter and dancer in South Africa. He owns a record label named Oduduwa Music Group as well as a clothing brand called OMG (Oduduwa Music Group).