As the multiple award winning producer and philanthropist, Don Jazzy’s Mavin Records clocks one (1) with 2 albums – Frenzy; D’Prince & Solar Plexus; Mavin allstars – to its credit already, it’s safe to say Don Jazzy has maintained his relevance as the best producer to come out of Africa.
Despite the hiccups that was cause by the dissolve of Mo’Hits Records which had a lot of fans and critics alike speculating the end of the reign of the prolific producer with an unusual vocal that has turned many songs’ background to hooks, Don Jazzy has reinstated his dominance in the music scene and many have embraced his Mavin Records disregarding the former.
Just in a year, Don Jazzy has churned out new tunes – including his recent tunes with Dr Sid, “Lady Don Dada,” “Love Mine” and D’Prince’s “Birthday” – that have beaten his old records and leaving fans wondering where does he get his inspiration from?
He has activated several fans (even registering them on the Mavin website) with various music productions and hit songs leaving “It’s Don Jazzy Again,(IDJA)” on the lips of every one that matters. It’s a year now and needless to say Don Jazzy the internationally acclaimed producer, Nigerian multi award winning producer, singer, song writer, CEO Mavins record label, with endorsements from Samsung and Loya, philanthropist is in it to win it and he is here to stay!
While he likes to remain a mystery, like is bio on Twitter rightly puts it – “Don't try to understand me. THE ENIGMA,” a lot of his fans are curious about who the real Don Jazzy really is, thus sparking various controversies about his biological parents and where he is from.
Meet the real Don Jazzy:
Michael Collins Ajereh was born on November 26, 1982 in Umuahia. 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 to study Business Management at the Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma in Edo state before he moved to London in the United Kingdom in 2000 after his uncle invited him to come play the drums for the neighborhood Church.
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 spirits in the likes of Solek, JJC, The 419 squad and D’Banj, the gang would spend unrelenting hours practicing, recording and performing different types of music.
In 2004, he partnered with D’Banj to set up the Mo' Hits label. The first single from Mo’Hit “Tongolo” by D’Banj quickly established the label as the future of Nigerian Music. 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.
Although not acknowledging himself as a recording artist, he is responsible for doing most Background Vocals for Artists he produces for and sometimes does complete verses. His musical dexterity can be heard through his beats and well calculated vocals. He has assisted the likes of D'Banj, Sauce Kid, Dr SID, Ikechukwu, Kween, D'Prince and even Jay-Z and Kanye West on their Watch The Throne track Lift Off, featuring Beyoncé.
In 2011 his talents got him noticed by Kanye West who signed him up as a producer on his G.O.O.D Music label. With over a 100 production tracks to his name, the understated genius has worked with a host of local and international celebrities. In spite of his whirlwind superstardom, Don Jazzy has never forgotten his humble beginnings.
On the wake of the split up of Mohits, Samsung unveiled their “Built for Africa” products and Don Jazzy was signed on as their spokes person.
Don Jazzy’s NMA 2006 Producer of the Year, NEA 2007 Music Producer of the Year, The Headies 2011 – Producer Of The Year.
On May 8 2012, Don Jazzy announced the birth of Mavin Records, the stables responsible for D’Prince’s Frenzy, Solar Plexus and the Tiwa Savage yet-to-be-released “Once Upon a Time” album.
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