Don Jazzy, The Security Guard Turned Billionaire

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Don Jazzy

Don Jazzy, the son of Collins Enebeli Ajereh and Mrs Ajereh was born in Umuahia, Abia State, on 26 November 1982. Don jazzy, who was raised in Ajegunle, Lagos, had his education at the co-educational high school and Federal Government College Lagos. He enrolled in business management and studied at the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo state. Though, his father is from Isoko in Delta State. His mother is an Igbo princess from Abia state and his father is a member of the Isoko people.

Don Jazzy who at the age of 12, found an interest in music, began to play the bass guitar and piano. He also gained knowledge of traditional and percussion instruments. In 2000, Jazzy’s uncle invited him to play the drums for a local church in London and that was his first visit to London. Don Jazzy gained employment at McDonald’s as a security guard. He continued his interest in music, associating with Solek, JJC Skillz, Kas, Jesse Jagz, The 419 Squad and D’Banj. Don Jazzy collaborated with D’Banj in 2001 to form Mo’ Hits Records. Two years later, Don Jazzy produced the albums No Long Thing and Rundown/Funk You Up. Around this time, Don Jazzy developed a recognisable introduction, “It’s Don Jazzy Again!”.

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In 2008, Don Jazzy was credited in the production of The Entertainer by D’Banj. He also contributed to the production of Wande Coal’s Mushin 2 MoHits, an album that was described as one of the best albums to ever come out of Nigeria. Don Jazzy was employed by Kanye West in 2011 as a producer at Very Good Beatz. He worked with Jay-Z and Kanye West on the production of Lift Off, featuring Beyoncé on the album Watch The Throne which was released on 8 August 2011. Don Jazzy and D’Banj confirmed their breakup in March 2012, citing artistic differences. On 7 May 2012, Don Jazzy announced a new record label, Mavin Records. He said, “I see Mavin Records being the power house of music in Africa in the shortest possible time.”

He released an album on 8th of May 2012, featuring the artists signed to his label. The songs on the album included: “Amarachi”, “Forever”, “Oma Ga”, “Take Banana and Chocolate”, “YOLO” and the anthem “I’m MAVIN”. Mavin records signed the vocalist, Tiwa Savage. Don Jazzy had conflict with an artist, Wande Coal on 5th of November 2023, who left the label two days later. In September 2014, Don Jazzy produced a Nigerian social activist song with Reekado Banks and Di’Ja called “Arise”. At the Headies Awards 2015, Don Jazzy argued with Olamide. The two disagreed about who should have won the “Next Rated” award. Lil Kesh of YBNL records lost to Reekado Banks, Don Jazzy’s artist.

The winner of the award received a car. Apologies on both sides were posted afterwards. After Reekado Banks departure from the Mavin Records label, Don Jazzy said he is still part of the family and wished him nothing but success in his career as he thanked him for the time spent with Mavin Records. He signed Rema in 2019 and later went on in 2020 to sign Ayra Starr into Mavins Record Label. In 2021, he announced a new artist, Magixx. On 7 April 2021, he revealed why he never signed Davido Don Jazzy built a social network platform called “Marvin League” to complement and market his label.

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