The Abia-born record producer and current CEO of the Mavin Records label was recently rated as the 36th “Most powerful celebrity in Africa” according to Forbes.
He has produced tracks for Dr SID, Wande Coal, D’Prince, Darey, Naeto C, Sauce Kid, Ikechukwu & Tiwa Savage. He also collaborated with Jay-Z and Kanye West on the production of Lift Off, featuring Beyoncé on the album Watch The Throne, released on August 8, 2011.
Don Jazzy was born in Umuahia by Delta State Parents. His family moved to Ajegunle city in Lagos state where he was raised, and graduated from Federal Government College Lagos. 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 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.
How he made it to stardom
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 sprits 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.
Jazzy’s appetite for a full-time career in music could no longer be satiated 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!
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.
DON JAZZY’S DISCOGRAPHY
D’banj – No Long Thing (2005)
D’banj – Rundown/Funk You Up (2006)
D’banj – The Entertainer (2008)
Mo’ Hits Allstars – Curriculum Vitae (CV) (2007)
Wande Coal – Mushin2Mohits (2008)
Dr SID – Turning Point (Dr SID album) (2010)
MAVINS – Solar Plexus (2012)
Mo’ Hits Artists
I like What I See (feat. Wande Coal)
Ooze (feat. D’Banj)
Give It To me (feat. D’Banj)
Scape goat (2010)
Mr Endowed (Remix) (feat. Snoop Dogg) (2010)
Oliver Twist (2011)
– Wande Coal
Been Long You Saw Me (feat. Don Jazzy) (2011)
Non–Mo’ Hits Artists
Darey – Escalade part 2
Darey – Stroke Me
Shank – Never Felt
Naeto C – Asewo
Ikechukwu – Like You (feat. Wande Coal)
Ikechukwu – Wind am well (feat. Don Jazzy and D’Banj)
Ikechukwu – All on Me
Ikechukwu – Critical (feat. D’Banj)
Ikechukwu – Now is the time (feat. Don Jazzy)
Sauce Kid – Under G
Kanye West and Jay-Z – Lift Off (feat.Beyoncé)
Weird MC – Ijoya
Kween – Jebele