Don Jazzy Biography
Michael Collins Ajereh, popularly known as Don Jazzy, is a Nigerian record producer, singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. Ajereh was born in Lagos State. His family lived in Ajegunle, Lagos where Ajereh was raised. He was educated at the co-educational high school, Federal Government College Lagos.
Ajereh found an interest in music early in life and at age 12, began to play the bass guitar. He also gained knowledge of traditional and percussion instruments. Ajareh enrolled in business management studies at the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo state.
He co-founded the now defunct record label Mo’ Hits Records in 2004. Following the closure of the aforementioned record label, Don Jazzy set up Mavin Records on May 8, 2012.
In 2000, Ajereh visited London. His uncle had invited him to play the drums for the local church. In London, Ajereh gained employment at McDonald’s and as a security guard. He continued his interest in music, associating with Solek, JJC, Kas, The 419 Squad and D’Banj. Ajereh learnt producing skills from Emeka Infiniti at O-Town record company.
Don Jazzy Music Career
Mo’ Hits records and GOOD music
In 2004, Ajereh collaborated with D’Banj to found Mo’ Hits Records. In the next two years, Ajereh produced the albums No Long Thing and Rundown/Funk You Up. A third album, Curriculum Vitae, had also been started. Around this time, Ajereh developed a recognisable introduction, “It’s Don Jazzy Again!”
In 2008, Ajereh 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.
Although Ajereh did not take credit as a singer, he performed background vocals for artists he produced. These performances include vocals for D’Banj, Sauce Kid, Dr SID, Ikechukwu, Kween, D’Prince, Jay-Z. Ajereh provided vocal performance for Kanye West’s song Lift Off with Beyoncé on the Watch The Throne album.
In 2011, Ajereh was employed by Kanye West as a producer at Very Good Beatz. Kanye West made a surprise appearance at the Koko Concert in London. He showed support to D’Banj by giving him his chain. Ajereh 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.
In March 2012, Don Jazzy and D’Banj abandoned their partnership citing artistic differences.
On 7 May 2012, Ajereh announced a new record label, Mavin Records. Ajereh said, “I see Mavin Records being the power house of Music in Africa in the shortest possible time.” On 8 May 2012, he released an album 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 a MAVIN. Mavin records signed the vocalist, Tiwa Savage. Ajereh built a social network platform called “Marvin League” to complement and market his label.
On 5 November 2013, Ajereh had conflict with an artist, Wande Coal who left the label two days later.
In September 2014, Ajereh produced a Nigerian social activist song with Reekado Banks and Di’Ja called Arise.
At the Headies Awards 2015, Ajereh argued with Olamide. The two disagreed about who should have won the “Next Rated” award. Lil Kesh of YBNL records lost to Reekado Banks, Ajereh’s artist. The winner of the award received a car. Apologies on both sides were posted afterwards.
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Don Jazzy Awards
- Nigerian Music Awards (2006) – Producer of the Year.
- Nigerian Entertainment Awards (2007) – Music Producer of the Year.
- The Headies 2011 – Producer of the Year for Over The Moon, Mr Endowed and Pop Something
- The Headies 2014 – Producer of the Year for Dorobucci
- City People Entertainment Award (2015) – special recognition award.
Don Jazzy Songs
Songs are being updated
Don Jazzy Married
At some point in the past, Don Jazzy used to joke about being in a relationship with one particular “Onome”, a lady who remains unidentified until today. Many took that claim serious until Don Jazzy, sometimes in early 2015, stated clearly that he might not marry after all. When asked why he said so, he replied that he had no idea himself.
In late 2015, Don Jazzy uploaded on Instagram, a picture of himself holding a lady by the hand in his office, with a caption that read “Yayyy meet @peac_hy she said yes…” While many of his fans took this to mean he actually proposed to the lady in the picture (Peace) and was going to marry her, he never made a public statement or clarification regarding that picture or his plans to marry anytime soon.
Don Jazzy Father
Don Jazzy’s dad is one Collins Enebeli
Don Jazzy Net Worth
The ace music producer is valued at an estimated net worth of N6.5 Billion Naira.
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