This is everything about popular Nigerian musician, Don Jazzy. His biography, personal life, education, career, net-worth, love life, collaborations, Discography and Awards.
Don Jazzy was born was Michael Collins Ajere on 26 November 1982 in Umuahia the capital of Abia State in South East Nigeria but originally from Isoko in Delta State.
He is a songwriter, singer, entrepreneur, and record producer. Also, he is a multi-talented star who has won many awards for both singing and producing some of the best hit songs to ever come out of Nigeria. Don Jazzy as he is popularly called has become a household name in many homes across Nigeria and all over Africa.
Don Jazzy is the founder of the defunct Mo’Hits Records while D’Banj was Vice President. Due to misunderstanding between the duo, the record label collapsed and Don Jazzy formed his Mavin crew maintaining most of the members of Mo’Hits Records and signing new artists unto the record label.
Much has not been said about Don Jazzy’s family until his father, Mr. Collins Enebeli started sharing interesting information about his family on his Facebook page. The pictures he shared online revealed, just like people have always rumoured, that Don Jazzy and D’Prince (who is a popular member of the Mavin Crew) are brothers to the amazement of those who never believed this.
It also revealed that he was born into a Cherubim and Seraphim family.
When Don Jazzy’s family moved to Ajegunle in Lagos, he attended Federal Government College (FGC), Lagos. He later studied Business Management at Ambrose Ali University in Ekpoma, Edo State in South South Nigeria. He had always loved music.
Don Jazzy started developing the flair for music, singing and playing drums even as early as 4. This made his uncle invite him to move to UK to play drums at a local church in London.
In London, Don Jazzy recalled doing a lot of menial jobs just to keep body and soul together. He did lots of odd jobs at McDonalds and as a security guard.
He met JJC, Kas, The 419 Squad and D’Banj in London. Furthermore, he discovered that D’Banj was a bundle of talent and felt he had found a buddy whom he would share and realize his musical dreams with.
In 2004, they formed the defunct Mo’Hits Records. Two years into their partnership he had become popular releasing two albums, No Long Thing and Rundown/Funk You Up. Hence, the penetration into many homes of the popular trademark intro from D’Banj, “It’s Don Jazzy again!”
Mo’Hits Records: In 2004, D’Banj and Don Jazzy set up a record label known as Mo’Hits Records. The duo recorded and released many smash hits that enjoy steady airplay both in Nigeria and all over Africa.
Don Jazzy was the CEO of the label while D’Banj was a co-owner. It was a label which based most of its songs on Afrobeat. The label has other artistes like Wande Coal, Dr SID, D’Prince, Tiwa Savage, and K-Switch.
The label released many hit albums like No Long Thing and The Entertainer by D’Banj, Mushin2MoHits by Wande Coal, and Turning Point by Dr. SID. The label also recorded a compilation of Mo’Hits stars album called Mo’Hits All Star.
The unprecedented success of the label both in Nigeria and overseas attracted the interests of Kanye West and Jay Z and the former later signed D’Banj to his God Music label.
In 2012, Don Jazzy confirmed on Twitter that D’Banj had left the group, Mo’Hits Records. This left many fans of the duo unhappy. Many enthusiasts believe that the growth of the label and its individual stars made it almost impossible for them to continue to exist as a group under the leadership of Do Jazzy.
Mavin Records: After D’Banj broke away from Mo’Hits Records, the label was officially disbanded. D’Banj went ahead with his brother K-Switch to form DB Records while Don Jazzy formed Mavin Records on 8 May 2012.
Accorrding to Bellanaija, Mavi means someone who is gifted and skilled in many different fields. The band was initially made up of Doon Jazzy, Dr. SID, Wande Coal (who later walked away like D’Banj after a misunderstanding), but later went ahead to sign Tiwa Savage.
In May 2012, the group launched its official website, www.mavinrecords.com. The label later signed new artists like Di’ja, Korede Bello, and Reekado Banks. On 25 February 2015, Don Jazzy and Tiwa Savage signed new deal with Konga.com.
Don Jazzy’s talents and entrepreneurial spirit made him very successful as he is considered among the richest musicians in Nigeria.
He has endorsements from many corporate brands like LOYA, MTN, and Samsung. Industry enthusiasts say he is worth over US$40million making him to rank amongst the richest Nigerian musical artistes.
Don Jazzy is often seen sharing pictures of himself flying in a private jet. In 2013, he shared a picture of himself online leaving Mauritius in a private jet.
Forbes Magazine once rated Don Jazzy the second richest African musician after Akon. It was reported across the media in Nigeria that he donated the sum of N1million to ailing OJB when it was announced he needed to carry out a kidney transplant abroad.
Don Jazzy is still single and so far has no baby linked to him. However, it is unclear to many fans why Don Jazzy is still single now despite his age and massive success in his career.
Rumour has it that he is currently dating Inyanya’s manager Ubi Franklin former Girlfriend Freda Francis. The Edo State-born beautiful damsel has been seen hanging out with Don Jazzy in many occasions. She also sends Don Jazzy love messages on Twitter.
Don Jazzy has been featured in countless hits across Nigeria and beyond and his influence and magical touch in the song helped the songs to sell beyond the expectations of the original singers.
Apart from members of the Mavin crew, he has made music with Iyanya (Gift), P-Square (Collabo), Kcee, wale and Olamide (Allelu), Mode 9, (Some More), etc. in 2012, he also produced Lift Off by Jay Z and Kanye west Featuring Beyonce in their Watch The Throne album.
Don Jazzy is arguably the best back up artist to ever come of Nigeria.
Don Jazzy has produced many hit songs. He produced and featured in D’Banj’s No Long Thing (2005), RunDown Funk U Up (2006), Entertainer (2008), and Mo’ Hits All Stars Curriculum Vitae (2007).
He also produced Dr. SID Turning Point album. The hit singles he produced are so numerous to mention but some of them include D’Prince Omoba, I like what I see Featuring Wande Coal, and Give to Me featuring D’Banj.
For D’Banj, he produced in Why Me, Mobolowowon, Tongolo, Olorun Maje, Gbono Feli, Suddenly, Mr. Endowed, Scape Goat, Igwe, Fall in Love, Oliver Twist, I do This, Ashanti and Entertainer.
Furthermore for Wande Coal, he produced Bumper to Bumper, You Bad, Who Born The Maga, Kiss Your Hand, and Go Slow. Other artists like Dr. SID are songs like Something about You, Pop Something about you, Over The moon, Afefe, and Chocolate. Sincerely, Don Jazzy’s hits are endless.
Some of the awards and honours received by Don jazzy include:
The Headies 2014 – producer of the year (Dorobucci)
The Headies 2011 – producer of the year (for Pop something and Mr. Endowed)
Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2007 – Music Producer of The year
Nigeria Music awards 2006 – producer of the year
City People entertainment Awards – Special recognition Awards