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Role that Don Jazzy played in my 20-year career — D’banj

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Nigerian singer D’banj has expressed his deep gratitude for the crucial role his former business partner and producer, Michael Ajereh, popularly known as Don Jazzy, played in his successful career.

Since their humble days in the United Kingdom, Dbanj and Don Jazzy have known each other for almost three decades.


In 2004, they co-founded Mo’Hits Records, one of Nigeria’s favorite record labels whose painful separation broke the hearts of many.

The label, which was made up of production Mavin, Don Jazzy; The entertainer, D’Banj; Vocal Powerhouse, Wande Coal, as well as Dr. Sid, K-Switch, Ikechukwu and D’Prince, suffered a painful split in 2012 due to several internal disagreements.

Don Jazzy confirmed Dbanj’s departure from the label on his Twitter account, citing a difference of interests as the reason.


After Mo’Hits Records ended, the duo pursued their music careers independently.

Don Jazzy founded Mavin Records in 2012. Shortly after, D’banj founded DB Records.

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Mo’Hits, however, reunited in 2017 for a performance at Davido’s ’30Billion Concert’.


Don Jazzy Effect

The ‘Oliver Twist’ singer said his musical journey would be incomplete without the important contributions of Don Jazzy.

On Tuesday, Oladapo Oyebanjo, better known as D’banj, shared a clip of his visit to Don Jazzy, during which he handed him an invitation to his 20th anniversary dinner in the music industry.

This nostalgic moment, he said, reminded him of the many milestones they had achieved together.

D’banj characterized his two decades as filled with brotherhood, entertainment and unwavering support.

Posting the video on his Inviting him to my anniversary dinner was a nostalgic moment.

“As we both celebrate 20 years in the industry, I look back on our countless memories and milestones. Here’s to two decades of brotherhood, entertainment and unwavering support. I love you always, brother! OooSHeeeee,” her post read.

In response, Don Jazzy commented, expressing his disbelief at how quickly time had passed: “I still find it hard to believe it’s been 20 years, bro. Seems like yesterday”.

“Thank you for everything. I love you, brother Lee. More blessings,” replied the Mavins boss.

Relevance of ’20 years’

D’banj had previously hinted that he would celebrate his 20 years in the music industry at the New Afrika Shrine in Lagos, with the song “D’banj live @New Afrika Shrine”, where he thrilled fans with electrifying performances.

The 43-year-old artist has left his mark to remain relevant in the industry.

The “Why Me” singer adopted the stage name D’banj, combining his first name, Dapo, and his last name, Oyebanjo, and rose to fame in 2005 with his debut album “No Long Thing,” which included the hit single “Tongolo.” .

Since then, D’banj has become a prominent figure in Nigerian music, best known for his 2011 hit, “Oliver Twist.”

D’banj’s two-decade career includes several awards, such as ‘Best African Act’ at the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2007, ‘Best International Act’ at the 2011 BET Awards and ‘Best Selling African Artist’ at the World Awards. 2014. Music Awards.

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In 2020, the Mavin Records boss opened up about his relationship with D’banj eight years (now twelve) after their split.

Speaking to Triple MG boss Ubi Franklin in an Instagram live session in 2020, Don Jazzy highlighted the importance of maintaining good relationships with artists to avoid betrayals.

He shared that his relationship with D’banj was so harmonious that financial problems never caused conflict.

“The way I am with people in my company, like me and D’banj, there were no money problems. D’Banj and I were so in sync that D’Banj could go to Oba in Lagos and come back with 10 million naira, and we would still share that money,” Don said in the live session.

Following their split, Don Jazzy continued his legacy with Mavin Records. At the same time, D’banj signed to Kanye West’s “Good Music” and founded DB Records, signing artists such as Jaysleek, Deevee, K-Switch and Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh.


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