Jazzy as we all know him, is a Nigerian Multi award- winning record
producer, singer-songwriter, musician, former CEO of Nigerian record
label Mo’; Hits Records founded in 2004 and current CEO of the Mavin
Records label which he founded in May 2012 after his split up with
childhood friend and Mo’;Hits partner, D’;Banj.
we didnt know is that his real name is Michael Collins Ajereh. No
native name,huh?lol. Anyway, he was born in November 26, 1982, in
Umuahia in Abia state, though he hails from Delta State. His family
moved to Ajegunle city in Lagos state where he was raised, and graduated
from Federal Government College Lagos. Don Jazzy Had always had a flair
for music singing and playing the drums from the age of four. 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. He moved to London in the United Kingdom in 2000 after his Uncle
invited him to come play the drums for the neighborhood Church.
odd jobs followed including working at McDonalds 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,
Kas, The 419 squad and D’Banj, the gang would spend unrelenting hours
practicing, recording and performing different types of music.
appetite for a full-time career in music could no longer be controlled
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!
Don Jazzy’;s first full credit production
work was in 2004 on Tongolo for Nigerian singer D’;banj. He went on to
produce D’;banj’;s first studio album titled No Long Thing released in
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
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 assists to the likes of D&# 8217;Banj,
Sauce Kid, Dr SID, Ikechukwu, Kween, D&# 8217;Prince and even Jay-Z
and Kanye West on their Watch The Throne track Lift Off, featuring
Beyoncé released on August 8, 2011.
The soft-spoken humble
producer who is known to grant less interviews, is an avid user of
social networking sites with Twitter being his top. With over 200,000
followers, he is known to give birthday shout-outs to fans, give airtime
recharge cards, iPads, and even money via Twitter. Such connection to
fans, has earned him a song by some Twitter fan, special for his
birthday, sing him praises and wishing him a long-life.
for exquisite African Fabrics and Male Indian-Gowns isn&# 8217;t a
secret, but he is known to go with his own liking, switching whenever he
feels like. At one point in 2011, he was frequently noticed to wear
pajamas on daily-basis, in an interview he said, they are more
comfortable. I prefer to call them colourful trousers. He is also known
to wear sunglasses, carry walking sticks, of which he has several and
alternating bling chains, African jewelry and rosary.
2011 his talents got him noticed by Kanye West who signed him up as a
producer on his GOOD 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 and is very passionate
about charitable causes.A video surfaced in the internet on Youtube,
showing the signing of the deal,and Kanye West made a surprise
appearance at the Koko Concert in London to officially show support and
awarded D&# 8217;Banj with his chain, as a gesture of welcoming him
to GOOD Music.
However, after 8 years of hard work and struggles
to set up the Mo’; Hits label, around March 2012, rumours of
irreconcilable differences between the label heads had been
circulating,the die- hard fans of the record label and fans of the
synergy of Don Jazzy and D’;Banj where torn apart,with tweets by Don
Jazzy saying “;Rumours you have all heard recently are sad but true. The
way forward now is to make sure I keep bringing you guys more of the
beautiful music y’all love to dance to.”;