Don Jazzy

Meet Nigeria’s Afrobeat Music Boss – Don Jazzy

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One name truly stands out as the maestro of melodic success in the pulsating rhythm of Nigerian music: Don Jazzy. He is a legendary producer, performer, and businessman. Born Michael Collins Ajereh on November 26, 1982, ‘the boss’ as he is called has made a name for himself. Amazingly, he has won the hearts of millions of music fans around the world.

Early Beginnings of Don Jazzy

The vibrant metropolis of Lagos served as the catalyst for Don Jazzy’s love of beats and rhythms. As a result, the city of Lagos was where his musical career all began. Similarly, like many great musicians, he first became interested in music through the church. He created a distinctive sound by incorporating elements of other genres, which would later change the face of African music.

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Don Jazzy and the formation of Mo’ Hits Records

Don Jazzy and D’banj established the legendary music label Mo’ Hits Records in 2004. Impressively, they produced hits that were successful both domestically and internationally. This joint project significantly signaled the start of a new era in Nigerian music. Together, the two created hits like “Tongolo” and “Oliver Twist,” which cemented their reputation as trailblazers.

Don Jazzy and the Marvin Era

Like the constantly innovating music industry, Don Jazzy changed with it likewise. He established Mavin Records in 2012 following the breakup of Mo’ Hits, a label that went on to influence Nigerian music. Remarkably, Mavin Records gained a reputation for excellence and creativity thanks to musicians like Tiwa Savage, Rema, Korede Bello, and Reekado Banks.

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Beyond Music

The impact of Don Jazzy is not limited to the studio. Moreover, due to his charm and wit, he has gained a global following on social media. In fact, he regularly interacts with his audience on social media sites like Twitter and Instagram. He gives them access to his life stories and a peek into his creative process.

His Entrepreneurial Ventures

Don Jazzy is not only famous for his music but also for his business ventures. Besides, following the launch of Flobyt, Nigeria’s first free Wi-Fi network, Don Jazzy showed his dedication to innovation and connectivity.

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Don Jazzy, his Philanthropy and Mentorship

The impact of Don Jazzy is not limited to the entertainment industry. Impressively, he also has a passion for philanthropy. His philanthropic endeavors include education and mentorship programs for young people.

Awards and Accolades

Don Jazzy’s illustrious career in the music industry has been recognized with numerous awards and honors. This highlight’s his immense contribution to music in Nigeria and Africa.

 Let’s take a look at the impressive number of awards he has won over the years:

  1. Nigerian Music Award (2006): In 2006, Don Jazzy was honoured for his extraordinary production skills and contribution to the music industry at the Nigerian Music Awards, where he received a commendation for initial success with Mo’ Hits Records.


  1. City People Entertainment Award (2007): In 2007 he won the award of producer of the year at The City People’s Entertainment Awards, further strengthening his position as a pioneer in Nigerian music production.


  1. Nigerian Entertainment Award (2007, 2011): Don Jazzy was recognized at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards. He won Producer of the Year in 2007 and Best Pop/R&B Artist of the Year (Producer) in 2011.
  2. MTV Africa Music Awards (2008, 2011): The MTV Africa Music Awards gave Don Jazzy two awards. One in 2008 for Best Producer and one in 2011 for his song “Oliver Twist” as Song of the Year.
  3. Headies Awards: Don Jazzy has always been a standout at the Headies Awards. He has won many awards for his work as a music producer, showing how much he has influenced the Nigerian music scene.
  4. The Future Awards Africa (2014): In 2014, Don Jazzy was recognized at The Future Awards Africa for his great work in business and entertainment because of his entrepreneurial talent.
  5. City People Music Awards (2015): In 2015, Don Jazzy was named the best music producer at the City People Music Awards because of his lasting impact on the music industry.

These awards show how good Don Jazzy is at making music and how much he has changed the music industry. Impressively, they also show that he has earned the respect and admiration of both fans and fellow musicians.


Don Jazzy’s musical prowess goes beyond his solo performances. This is further highlighted by a series of collaborations that have left an indelible mark on the global music scene. Most importantly, some notable collaborations that showcase his versatility and ability to seamlessly blend genres include:

  1. D’banj and Mo’ Hit crew – The collaboration with D’banj culminated in the establishment of Mo’ Hits Records, resulting in chart hits such as ‘Tongolo’, ‘Booty Call’ and the mega-hit ‘Oliver Twist’. The collaboration not only dominated the Nigerian airwaves but also entered the international arena.
  2. Mavin All Stars (2014) – Mavin Records boss Don Jazzy created surprising collaborations with his label’s artists, leading to the infectious hit “Dorobucci.” The song became the continent’s national anthem and showcased Don Jazzy’s ability to create and produce collective musicals.
  3. Tiwa Savage – Don Jazzy’s collaboration with Tiwa Savage on “Eminado” not only highlighted their musical chemistry but also earned them critical acclaim. Additionally, the Mavin All Stars collaboration on “Adaobi” demonstrated the cohesion of talent under Mavin Records.
  4. Koredo Bello – Don Jazzy and Korede Bello’s collaboration resulted in the theme song ‘Godwin’. The combination of a positive message and Don Jazzy’s production skills was a huge success, proving their collective synergy. .
  5. D’ banj and Kanye West – In addition to the Nigerian music scene, Don Jazzy and D’Banj’s collaboration has caught the attention of international superstar Kanye West. The ‘Scape Goat’ remix showed Don Jazzy’s ability to bridge the gap between African and world music trends.
  6. Wande Coal – Don Jazzy and Wande Coal’s collaboration on “The Kick” was an acclaimed sonic exploration of his unique sound. The song showed Don Jazzy’s ability to experiment with different musical elements.

These collaborations demonstrate Don Jazzy’s impact on the Nigerian music industry and also his influence on the global stage. In addition, through collaborations across genres and borders, he continues to shape the sound of African music. Obviously, fans eagerly await the next harmonious fusion orchestrated by the master himself.


Don Jazzy’s story is one of perseverance, creativity and the relentless pursuit of excellence. From the streets of Lagos to the world stage, he has shaped the sound of Nigerian music. As well, he has also become a symbol of inspiration for aspiring artistes. Don Jazzy’s legacy is firmly woven into the fabric of African music. Lastly, as we continue to groove to his stirring beats, let’s remember that true greatness transcends borders.

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