Music producer Michael Collins Ajereh, Micheal also known as Don Jazzy is a guru musician that anything he touches turns to gold, right from the days of Mo’Hits Records and now The Mavin Records dynasty.
Don Jazzy’s Early Days
Michael Collins Ajereh born on 26 day of November in the year
1982. Mr Don Jazzy who through his music career in the Nigerian
music industry has been honoured with Multiple awards making him a
renounced multiple winning producer. Apart from Michael Collins
ability to produce quality songs he is also a singer who also write
songs for his artists. The musician who was the former CEO the
defunct Mo’ Hits Records founded back in the year 2004. The
producer and song writer is now is now the current CEO of the Mavin
Records as founded in 2012 immediately after the bitter and well
published splitting his former business partner D’banj thus bringing
to an end the existence of the record label.
The town of Umuahia was the place Don Jazzy was born, he was born
in the capital of Abia state, located in the south eastern part of
Nigeria, Don Jazzy’s first ever musical career signing was the Mo’ Hit
record label Vice-President D’banj.
Don Jazzy completed his first recognizable production work back in
the year 2004 when Mo’ Hit was originally when he helped produce
D’banj’s “Tongolo” first single. Don Jazzy finally produced D’banj’s
first studio album titled “No Long Thing” which then released in
Don Jazzy through his successful career has produced award winning
songs for his so many artist starting from D’banj, Dr SID, Wande
Coal, D’Prince and even others. Don Jazzy has also produced for
other artist that aren’t his, people like Naeto C, Darey art, Sauce
Kid, Ikechukwu, Olakunle Excel et Zanga and the current Mavin
Records Queen Tiwa Savage, He has as well produced smashing hits
for his new MAVIN RECORDS artist such Korede Bello, Reekado Banks,
Di’Ja. Don Jazz co-produced popular international and award winners
the Jay-Z and Kanye West on the song “Lift Off” which features the
former’s wife Beyoncé and on the said album “Watch The Throne” as
was released on the 8 day of August, the year 2011.
Forbes magazine in a has rated the ace music producer Don Jazzy as
one of the “Most powerful celebrity currently in Africa” in the 36
Mr Michael Collins Ajereh though not married is also known as Don
Jazzy and was born in the vibrant city of Umuahia, though his state
of origin is Delta state. Don Jazzy’s family moved to Lagos state and
where one of the residents in Ajegunle city and that was primarily
where the ace producer grew up. Her is a product of Federal
Government College Lagos (FGCL). His love for the act of music
started with playing of the drums and the singing at small events
when he was only age four.
He later started playing the bass guitar as it was introduced to him
at the age of 12 as his music passion kept on developing. Don Jazzy
did his high studies at Ambrose Alli University in Ekpoma, graduating
with a degree in Business Management, down in Edo state. He later
migrated to the United Kingdom to leave with his uncle who sent
him an invitation to come over and play drums for a neighbourhood
Don jazzy has been a hustler right from the start as he did so some
odd jobs, he worked at McDonalds, he also dubbed as a “mai Guard”
a Nigerian slang for “security guard”. The song writer developed his
skills and then teamed up the likes of Kas, Solek, JJC, 419 squad and
D’Banj whom he finally started Mo’hit with.
His love for the act of music brought him back to the shores of
Nigeria as he and his former partner D’banj team up to begin a
career in music. It didn’t take too long to become a prolific music
producer as two years was enough to complete the production two
albums “No Long Thing” and “Rundown/Funk You Up”. The ace
producer had already become become a household name, D’banj then
coined out a trademark song intro for him “It’s Don Jazzy Again”.
Don jazzy got the credits on production for “best selling album in
2008” for D’banj’s album “The Entertainer”, he also won same award
for Wande Coal’s debut album which was titled “Mushin 2 MoHits”,
the album has since been said to the among the best albums ever
produced in the shores.
Jazzy’s unique Vocal texture usually made the difference for songs
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he was featured on, His fashion sense and social media activities
made him to stand out.
Dom Jazzy has never been recognised as a recording artist at the
international and local level, but he has been credited with most
Background Vocals for songs he has produced for his artist, at times
he complete a verse for a song. An example could been heard through
his beats and the assistance to the likes of D’Banj, Sauce Kid, Dr
SID, Ikechukwu, D’Prince. He even did a vocal for Jay-Z and Kanye
West on the song he produced for them “Lift Off”the song that also
You wouldn’t call Don Jazzy a regular social network but his
presence on Twitter has always been seen and it has been a place
where he expresses himself apart from music. Don jazzy has enjoyed
over 200K (two hundred thousand) followership on twitter. Don
Jazzy known for his shy nature as he barely grant or talk much
during interviews , has the habit of giving out birthday shout outs
to his fans and followers on twitter, he is as well known for giving
out airtime (recharge cards), he one time gave out iPads to some
lucky fans. He once went as far as giving money to fans via Twitter.
This type of connection has endeared him the more to his fans, he
was has always been an attention during his birthdays as fans send
endless but special birthday messages to him with most singing him
praises plus wishing him a long and more successful life.
The end of Mo’Hits And The G.O.O.D. Music conflict
Don baba Jay as was fondly call by Wande coal was noticed by
American rapper and producer Kanye West back in 2011, he then
signed the producer to his GOOD Music label as a collaborative gig.
Later after a youtube video showed the signing of the contract. The
later made a surprise appearance at MO’ Hits Koko Concert in London,
this surprise was marked as an official support for D’Banj and a
welcoming gesture to GOOD music with a hand over of his gold chain.
the rumour started coming of breakup in the MO’hit camp,
threatening an 8 years of hard work, in March 2012, the twitter
active Don Jazzy confirmed the break up in a tweet saying that all
the Rumours we’ve heard is true, in his words “ Stories you’ve all
heard are sad ones, fortunately they are true. But the way now is
to keep make more of the beautiful music y’all love to dance to”.
Don Jazzy Signs Samsung deal And The Birth Of Mavin Records (Mavin
7 May 2012 was the official birthday of MAVIN Dynasty as Don
Jazzy through his Twitter account announced the birth of his new
Record Label known as Mavin Records. Over the years of its existence
the record label now has the following smashing hits under its belt,
with songs like Oma Ga, Amarachi, Chocolate, Forever, Take Banana,
Dorobucchi and most recently Juantamanta. Others notable mentions
include YOLO and labels anthem “I’m a MAVIN”.
Don Jazzy gave a new look different from MO’ hits with the addition
of two female arts as he Don Jazzy announced Tiwa Savage as a
Mavin crew and then later Di’ja.
Don Jazzy’s discography (Production)
All Don Jazzy’s Albums till date –
1. ‘No Long Thing’ by D’banj in the year 2005
2. Rundown/Funk You Up by D’banj in the year 2006
The Entertainer in by D’banj in the year 2008
1. Mo’ Hits All Stars, Curriculum Vitae as was released in the year
2. Mushin2Mohits by Wande Coal in the year 2008
3. Turning Point by Dr SID in the year 2010
1. Solar Plexus “MAVIN Records” by MAVINS all stars and was
released in year 2012
Don Jazzy And the Multiple Awards
The Nigerian Music Awards – won the (NMA) 2006 music Producer of
The 2007 Nigerian Entertainment Awards for best Music Producer for
Won the HEADIES (2011) music PRODUCER OF THE YEAR for the songs
“Mr Endowed”, “Over The Moon”, and “Pop Something”
Got The 2015 City People Entertainment Award (it was a Special
Recognition Award) given to him.
Won the Headies 2014 Producer of the Year (Dorobucci).