Thursday, July 09, 2015

BIOGRAPHY: Don Jazzy Unveiled (MUST READ)

Nigerian Multi award-winning record producer, singer-songwriter Michael Collins Ajereh, better known as Don Jazzy, turns 30 today. He was born on November 26, 1982.

The Abia-born record producer and current CEO of the Mavin Records label was recently rated as the 36th “Most powerful celebrity in Africa” according to Forbes.

He has produced tracks for Dr SID, Wande Coal, D’Prince, Darey, Naeto C, Sauce Kid, Ikechukwu & Tiwa Savage. He also collaborated with Jay-Z and Kanye West on the production of Lift Off, featuring BeyoncĂ© on the album Watch The Throne, released on August 8, 2011.


Don Jazzy was born in Umuahia by Delta State Parents. His family moved to Ajegunle city in Lagos state where he was raised, and graduated from Federal Government College Lagos. Michael Had always had a flair for music singing and playing the drums from the age of 4. He developed a passion for the bass guitar at the age of 12, He went on study Business Management at the Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma in Edo state. He moved to London in the United Kingdom in 2000 after his Uncle invited him to come play the drums for the neighborhood Church.

How he made it to stardom

Various odd jobs followed including working at McDonalds and as a security guard. Already imbued with an intimate knowledge of traditional and percussion instruments, Don Jazzy further built on his musical knowledge during his UK stint. Finding fellow kindred sprits in the likes of Solek, JJC, Kas, The 419 squad and D’Banj, the gang would spend unrelenting hours practicing, recording and performing different types of music.

Jazzy’s appetite for a full-time career in music could no longer be satiated when, in 2004, he partnered with D’Banj to set up the Mo’ Hits label. Within two years, the prolific producer had wrapped up two albums (No Long Thing and Rundown/Funk You Up) with his former Mo’ Hits partner and was working on a third, Curriculum Vitae. By this time, he had already started becoming a household name with the trademark intro – It’s Don Jazzy Again!

In 2008 there were further production credits for the best selling album of that year, The Entertainer Don Jazzy repeated the trick with Wande Coal’s Mushin 2 MoHits, an album that was described as one of the best albums to ever come out of Nigeria.


D’banj – No Long Thing (2005)
D’banj – Rundown/Funk You Up (2006)
D’banj – The Entertainer (2008)
Mo’ Hits Allstars – Curriculum Vitae (CV) (2007)
Wande Coal – Mushin2Mohits (2008)
Dr SID – Turning Point (Dr SID album) (2010)
MAVINS – Solar Plexus (2012)


Mo’ Hits Artists
- D’Prince
I like What I See (feat. Wande Coal)
Ooze (feat. D’Banj)
Give It To me (feat. D’Banj)
- D’banj
Scape goat (2010)
Mr Endowed (Remix) (feat. Snoop Dogg) (2010)
Oliver Twist (2011)
– Wande Coal
Been Long You Saw Me (feat. Don Jazzy) (2011)

List of singles released under Mavin Records
Artist Title Year Album Release date
D'Prince "Take Banana" 2012 Solar Plexus N/A
Tiwa Savage "Omo Ga"
D'Prince "Take Banana (Remix)" Frenzy October 31, 2012
"Real G"
(featuring M.I)
"Goody Bag"
"Call Police"
Wande Coal "The Kick"
(featuring Don Jazzy)
2013 N/A January 23, 2014
Wande Coal "Rotate" N/A April 26, 2013
Dr SID "Lady Don Dada" Siduction May 2, 2013
"Love Mine" May 5, 2013
D'Prince "Birthday" N/A May 6, 2013
Dr SID "Talented" Siduction May 12, 2013
"Baby Tornado" August 21, 2013
Tiwa Savage "Eminado" Once Upon a Time October 8, 2013
Dr SID "Surulere" Siduction November 13, 2013
D'Prince "Gentlemen"
(featuring Davido and Don Jazzy)
2014 TBA January 27, 2014
Di'Ja "Yaro" February 14, 2014
Reekado Banks "Turn It Up"
(featuring Tiwa Savage)
February 21, 2014
Korede Bello "African Princess" February 28, 2014
D’Prince "Ojoro Cancel"
(featuring Wizkid)
March 7, 2014
The Mavins "Dorobucci"
(featuring Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage, Dr SID, D’Prince, Reekado Banks, Korede Bello and Di’Ja)
May 1, 2014
Dr SID and Don Jazzy "Highlife Dorobucci" May 2, 2014
The Mavins "Adaobi"
(Reekado Banks, Korede Bello and Di’Ja featuring Don Jazzy)
May 27, 2014
Di'Ja "Yaro Remix"
(featuring Ice Prince)
July 29, 2014
Reekado Banks "Chop Am" August 8, 2014
Korede Bello "Cold Outside" August 15, 2014
D'Prince "Oyo" September 5, 2014
The Mavins "Arise"
(featuring Don Jazzy, Reekado Banks and Di’Ja)
September 20, 2014
Tiwa Savage "My Darlin" October 8, 2014
The Mavins "Looku Looku" October 31, 2014
Di'Ja "Awww" December 12, 2014
D'Prince "Oga Titus" December 23, 2014
Korede Bello "Jingle Bell" December 25, 2014
"Godwin" 2015 January 28, 2015
Reekado Banks "Katapot" February 13, 2015
D'Prince "Nonso" March 16, 2015
Godywn [A] "Promise"
(featuring Di’Ja)
March 27, 2015

Non–Mo’ Hits Artists
Darey – Escalade part 2
Darey – Stroke Me
Shank – Never Felt
Naeto C – Asewo
Ikechukwu – Like You (feat. Wande Coal)
Ikechukwu – Wind am well (feat. Don Jazzy and D’Banj)
Ikechukwu – All on Me
Ikechukwu – Critical (feat. D’Banj)
Ikechukwu – Now is the time (feat. Don Jazzy)
Sauce Kid – Under G
Kanye West and Jay-Z – Lift Off (feat.BeyoncĂ©)
Weird MC – Ijoya
Kween – Jebele

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