Legendary Nigerian beatmaker, Don Jazzy and his brother, D’Prince, who is a popular Nigerian singer have lost their mother to cancer.
Sharing the sad news via his verified Instagram page, the Mavin boss described his mother as his supporter and backbone. He noted that even though she battled cancer, she was so strong till the end.
“I lost my sweet mother this morning. The matriarch of our family. My supporter and backbone @indianpicolo.
“I am beyond devastated. I have never felt pain like this in my life but I am consoled by the good life she lived. She was loved by everyone that ever met her. She was so strong till the last minute for us even while she battled cancer.
“I have never typed a more difficult caption in my life. Please pray for our Mum’s soul to Rest In Peace and for strength for my dad, my siblings, her grandchildren and our entire family to bear this loss,” Don Jazzy said.
His younger brother, D’Prince is yet to react to the death of their mother.
The beatmaker’s mother who was an Igbo princess from Abia state is survived by her husband, children, and grandchildren.
Award-winning music producer, Don Jazzy has revealed that he got married 18 years ago to Michelle Jackson, a UK-based writer, and model.
The former Mo’Hits Records and now Mavin Records boss posted an Instagram picture of him and his ex-wife on what looked like their wedding day. It showed the couple in an embrace, explaining that he got divorced because he made music his priority.
The Mavin Records CEO said he married his best friend while young but the nuptials didn’t last because of his deep love for music (which competed with his family) while answering the age-long queries on why he had not gotten married yet.
He wrote, “For so long, everyone keeps asking me when am I getting married? Well, the truth is almost 18 years ago, I was 20 and I got married to my best friend Michelle @yarnstaswitch and it was beautiful. I loved love and I loved marriage. Michelle is soooo beautiful inside and outside with such a soft heart. But then, me being so young and full of dreams, I went and messed it up cos I was giving all my time to my music.
“Music became a priority instead of my family. We got divorced when I was 22 and it hurt. I am still very much in love with my music and I wouldn’t want to marry another and mess it up again. So, I’m taking my time.
“Why am I just saying this now?? I really like to keep my relationships private, actually; past or present. But I was watching the bounce interview with Ebuka, which is almost like a tell-all interview, and I felt bad skipping this huge part of my life. So yeah, make una no vex o.”
Music producer Don Jazzy and movie actress Toyin Abraham on Saturday joined other Nigerians to protest over the brutality and killing by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
This comes after several protests by Nigerian, decrying the constant harassment from SARS operatives and lamentations at the rate at which young creatives are being battered and killed by police officers.
“I am more than my movies, I am an instrument for change and a destiny implementer,” Toyin posted on her Instagram handle, sharing a video of herself and other protesters. “You can do this. love you all.”
Don Jazzy equally took to the social media platform to share a video of himself joining the protesters.
The #EndSARS protests continued in several parts of the country on Saturday with the Italian club, AS Roma, and Arsenal legend, Ian Wright, backing the calls for the prospection of the anti-robbery unit of the Nigeria Police.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on Friday asked the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu to address concerns raised by Nigerians about SARS officers but called for calm among the protesters.
“I appeal for patience and calm, even as Nigerians freely exercise their right to peacefully make their views known”.
The activities of the police unit have come under scrutiny with members of the squad accusing them of using their position to trample on the rights of citizens, especially the youths.
A Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed a date to hear the suit filed by a Nigerian musician, Olumuyiwa Danladi popularly known as Danny Young, against a fellow musician, Tiwatope Savage, over alleged copyright infringement.
In the suit, labelled FHC/L/CS/230/2019 and pending before Justice Mohammed Liman, Young is claiming N205 million in damages against Tiwa for allegedly, infringing his copyright to his song titled Oju ti tiwon.
Also joined in the suit is her former record label, Mavin Records, owned by Don Jazzy.
Danny Young filed the suit through his counsel, Mr Justin Ige claiming the sum of N200 million in damages against the defendants for copyright violation.
He is also claiming N5 million as cost of action and demanding an account for profits accrued to the defendants from the use of the infringing musical work in her single titled ‘ONE’.
The Plaintiff filed the suit since February 13.
The court has consequently, now set down the suit for definite hearing on November 5.
Danny Young told Channels Television that Tiwa and her team have refused to react to the allegation and even communicate with the accusers so they couldn’t explore the option of settling out of court or through an arbitration.
Tiwa and Mavin are yet to file a defense to the accusation.
A major highlight of the 30billion concert was the performance of the Legendary group, MoHit group marking their reunion.
Mohit started in 2004 with D’banj signed as its first recording artist. The crew which comprises of Don Jazzy, D’Banj, Wande Coal, Dr. Sid, K-Switch, Ikechukwu and D’Prince, went on a painful split in 2012 over several internal disagreements.
They however took fans by surprise when Davido decided to bring all the Mo’Hit stars on stage to perform some of their hit songs at yesterday’s concert.
See some of the tweets of exciting reactions below:
Nigeria’s vibrant music industry has seen three of its finest acts make it to Forbes list of richest African musicians.
While the list is unlikely to put an end to debates about the richest Nigerian musicians, it puts it in some perspective and is sure to leave some fans disappointed.
So, who is number one in Nigeria? Forbes has gone with Don Jazzy. The Mavin Records boss is however number four in Africa with Star Boy Wizkid claiming the 7th spot, while his main rival Davido is ranked 8th.
Senegalese-American Hip Hop star Akon topped the list thanks to the over 35 million albums he has sold worldwide along with his numerous awards.
Akon is followed by South Africans Black Coffee and the legendary Hugh Masekela.
See the top 10 below: 1. AKON 2. BLACK COFFEE, SOUTH AFRICA 3. HUGH MASEKELA, SOUTH AFRICA 4. DON JAZZY, NIGERIA 5. TINASHE, ZIMBABWE-AMERICAN 6. JIDENNA, NIGERIAN-AMERICAN 7. WIZKID, NIGERIA 9. SARKODIE, GHANA 10. OLIVER MTUKUDZI, ZIMBABWE
Mavin Records’ latest signee, Johnny Drille, is beyond thrilled he is now a member of the Supreme Mavin Dynasty, more so because he gets to maintain control over his ‘alternative’ sound and musical direction.
The Don Jazzy led imprint, which welcomed its first alternative act on Tuesday, is packed full with pop artistes including Korede Bello and Reekado Banks.
Drille, who believes he has something special to bring to the Mavin table, said he has no worries.
“So far, so good. He’s been giving me a lot of control over what direction I will take and I’m really grateful for that”, he said, during an exclusive phone chat with Entertainment News, adding “he’s let me produce most of my songs”.
2017 is shaping up nicely for Drille who was once described as the future of the Nigerian music industry by respected musician Cobhams Asuquo.
“The good thing about being part of the family is we are all diverse. We are all different people of different gifts and different genres of music.
“Yes, most of us on the label are pop artistes but then, we all have special things that we offer,” said the new Mavin signee.
Don Jazzy and Drille got into talks shortly after the 26-year-old guitarist released a cover for ‘aww’ by Di’ja in 2017 and their relationship led to an official agreement in February 2017.
The SMD boss made the announcement via social media and it was well received by Drille’s fans and the music community.
Drille first came into public consciousness via the Project Fame competition in 2013 and has since won hundreds of fans over with songs like ‘my beautiful love’, ‘wait for me’ and ‘dear future wife’.
Music icon, King Sunny Ade, A.K.A KSA, has recently become the first Nigerian to receive a special honour by Hard Rock.
KSA has consistently wowed many with his music and dexterity on the guitar as well as showmanship that has endeared him to many, both home and abroad.
His beautiful performance has earned him two Grammy award nominations and three features in Hollywood flicks.
The multi-instrumentalist, today stands as a world music legend in his own right, making his induction into the Hard Rock Hall of Fame, something of little surprise.
At the ceremony which took place in Lagos, Mark Redguard, a curator, giving his citation said: “KSA who came to Lagos in 1963, bought his first guitar from Victor Olaiya, also a legend musician, for one pound and nine shillings.
“The journey had continued for over 50 years and still soaring, Redguard stated.
Sunny Ade donated one of his world cherished acoustic instruments, a Fender Telecast guitar to the Hard Rock Hall of Fame.
The guitar which is known for its commercial success dated back to the 1950’s.
According to him, he used the same guitar for his Synchro-System album in 1983, which nominated him for his first Grammy Awards.
Describing how priceless the instrument was to him, KSA said that he communed with it like a human and stated all musical desires to be accomplished by it.
Handing over the autographed vintage Fender Guitar to the Hard Rock Hall of Fame, he was supported by various Nigerian musicians such as Don Jazzy, Iyanya, Tiwa Salvage, film maker, Kunle Afolayan, and comedian, Bovi who equally eulogized him.
Redguard believes that all Sunny Ade’s past accomplishments landed him the first Nigerian to be honoured at the Hard Rock Hall of Fame among other notable mentions like Carlo Santana, Jimmy Hendricks, Michael Jackson, Elton John, and many more.
‘Lagos Party’ crooner, Banky W will soon take a break from the music industry, as a recording/performing artiste, to concentrate on finding a woman to marry and build a family with.
Banky W, who first revealed his intention to retire in 2015, made his plans known in an interview with Channels Television’s Entertainment News.
News that Banky W was considering early retirement spread like wildfire in June 2015, following a series of tweets, where he revealed he has new projects in the works, as well as his desire to work with Mavin Records boss, Don Jazzy.
Earlier this year, he revealed he would be releasing three albums in 2016.
Entertainment News gathered the three comprise of a solo album titled ‘Songs About You’, a joint RnB with Iyanya and a rap mixtape with EME signee, DJ Xclusive.
In the exclusive interview, Banky W made known his desire to have a wife and children, a desire he has decided to actively pursue by taking a break from the industry.
“Living an artiste’s life does not lend itself to (kind of) working on a relationship. It’s tough.
“It’s something that I actively (really) want to do, so I want to take some time off, after I’m done releasing this music and touring, I want to take some time off. Like I want to have some kids you know, get married, you know. Get married first and then have some kids,” he said.
About his impending retirement, it appears it might only be temporary as Banky W stated “Somebody told me that musicians don’t retire. You stop when you have (nothing left) no more music left in you (and) I have a lot of music left in me.”
He noted that he may decide to release music after 5-10 years, adding “I will let the music lead me”.
Tune in to Entertainment News on Channels TV tonight (DSTV 11:30pm & online m.channelstv.com. For UK viewers, Sky 575, 11pm) for the full interview.
Music icon, Majek Fashek, is working hard at his resurgence in the Nigerian music industry, with various live performances and now new music projects, one of which is the collaboration with ‘African Queen’ crooner, 2Baba.
At different occasions, both atistes have expressed their special admiration for each other and have drreamt of working together.
Tu Baba had told Channels TV Entertainment about how he had been a fan of the raggae legend and had looked forward to remaking one of his hits.
Majek Fashek also told us, “For me to gain the confidence of young musicians like Davido, Tu Baba, Wizkid, Terry G, Olamide and Don Jazzy, I have to prove my sound first, then I can work with them later on.”
Finally, the two legends of two different generations hooked up to cook their first joint together and Channels TV got an exclusive access to the studio session with Majek Fashek and Tu Baba.
Majek, popularly known as the Rainmaker is also the producer of the new collaboration, a role he has not taken since producing for the Mandators and Ras Kimono. He says he is creating a new vibe.
Tu Baba did not hide his excitement at seeing his dream come true.
The song is titled Holy Spirit. Enjoy our this entertaining session.
The highly anticipated Headies Awards 2015 ceremony was held in Lagos on Friday, January 1, night.
The award was organised to recognize the talents of Nigerian music stars and reward them in grand style. Here Is The Full List Of Winners.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR. Ycee – Winner Nominees: Base one, Koker , Pepenazi , HumbleSmith ,Young GreyC
NEXT RATED Reekado Bankz (Winner) Nominees: Lil’ Kesh , Kiss Daniel, Cynthia Morgan , Korede Bello
BEST POP SINGLE Godwin – Korede Bello (WINNER) Nominees: Ojuelegba – Wizkid , Collabo – P-Square Feat. Don Jazzy , My Woman, My Everything – Patoranking Feat. Wande Coal , Woju – Kiss Daniel, Bobo – Olamide
BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE Olamide – Bobo Nominees: Small Doctor – Mosquito Killer, Mastakraft feat. Olamide, CDQ& David O – Indomie, Falz The Bad Guy Feat. Yemi Alade & Poe – Hello Bae, Reminisce – Skillashi
BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE) Timi Dakolo – Wish Me Well (Winner) Nominees: Praiz – If I fall , Shaydee – High, Cobhams – Do The Right Thing , Bez – There’s A Fire
BEST R&B SINGLE Wish Me Well – Timi Dakolo (Winner) Nominees: Heartbeat – Praiz, Baby Daddy – Iyanya, Say You Love Me – Leriq ft. Wizkid , Do the Right Thing – Cobhams Ft. Bez
BEST RAP SINGLE King Kong – Vector Nominees: Bad Belle – M.I, Bank Alert – Ill Bliss , Local Rapper – Reminisce Feat. Olamide, Phyno & Stomrex, G.O.D – T.R
BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE) Aramide – Iwo Nikan Nominees: Waje – Coco Baby, Asa – Bed of Stone ,Simi – Tiff, Yemi Alade – Duro Timi
BEST REGGAE/DANCEHALL SINGLE German Juice – Cynthia Morgan (Winner) Nominees: Sanko – Timaya, My Body – Solid Star Feat. Timaya, Daniella Whyne – Patoranking, Cheques and Balance – Burna Boy, Bad Girl Special (Remix) – Mr. 2Kay feat. Cynthia Morgan & Seyi Shay
BEST MUSIC VIDEO Katapot (Reekado Banks) – UnLimited LA (Winner) Nominees: Jamb Question (Simi) – Mex . Crazy (Seyi Shay) – Meji Alabi, The Sound (DavidO Feat. Uhuru & Dj Buckz) – Sesan , Baby Jollof (Solid Star Feat. Tiwa Savage) – Clarence Peters Note: This award goes to the video director.
BEST COLLABO Local Rapper – Reminisce Feat. Olamide & Phyno Nominees: Hold on – Joe El Feat. 2Face Idibia, Bad Girl Special (Remix) – Mr. 2Kay Feat. Cynthia Morgan & Seyi Shay, Shoki (Remix) – Lil’Kesh Feat. Olamide & David O, Do The right Thing – Cobhams ft. Bez, Sisi – Praiz ft. Wizkid
BEST RAP ALBUM Chairman – M.I. Nominees: Above Ground Level – Modenine , Baba Hafusa – Reminisce, Street OT – Olamide
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR Legendury Beatz – Ojuelegba Nominees: Don Jazzy – Godwin (Korede Bello) , Mastakraft – Wiser (Flavour), Young John – Bobo (Olamide), Shizzi – Fans Mi (DavidO), Cobhams – There’s A Fire (Bez)
LYRICIST ON THE ROLL Vector – King Kong Nominees: Ill Bliss – Bank Alert (remix) Feat. Ice Prince, Eva Alordiah & Phyno, Reminisce – Baba Hafusa, G.O.D – T.R
HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION Yemi Alade – King of Queens (Winner) Nominees: Praiz – Rich n Famous, Skales – Man of the Year
BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR. Wish Me Well – Timi Dakolo (Winner) Nominees: Ojuelegba – Wizkid, Eyo – Asa , Bez – There’s A Fire, Cobhams – Do the right Thing
BEST ‘ALTERNATIVE’ SONG Adekunle Gold – Sade (Winner) Nominees: Di’Ja – Awwwwww, Bez – There’s A Fire, Asa – Satan Be Gone, Ugovinna – Rain On Me, Simi – Tiff
ARTISTE OF THE YEAR Olamide Winner Nominees: David O, Wizkid, Yemi Alade , P-Square
SONG OF THE YEAR Ojuelegba – Wizkid (Winner) Nominees: Godwin – Korede Bello , Kiss Daniel – Woju, Olamide – Bobo
HALL OF FAME 2 face Idibia.
A Special recognition for excellence and outstanding impact to the entertainment industry.
BEST R&B/POP ALBUM A.Y.O. – Wizkid (Winner) Nominees: Bed of Stone – Asa, King of Queens – Yemi Alade, Rich & Famous – Praiz, Double Trouble – Psquare
ALBUM OF THE YEAR A.Y.O. – Wizkid (Winner) Nominees: Rich n Famous – Praiz, King of Queens – Yemi Alade, Street OT – Olamide , Chairman – M.I. Double Trouble – P Square
AFRICAN ARTISTE – Non Nigerian Sarkodie (Winner) Nominees: Diamond Platnumz , Cassper Nyovest , Sarkodie , Uhuru , AKA