Dbanj: I still miss Don Jazzy very much

When the two left themselves years back, for one reason or the other, after enjoying a good and cordial business relationship, many had thought that the frosty relationship was a final bye-bye to each other without any remorse. The duo in question here are showbiz impresario, artiste manager and producer, Don Jazzy and talented musician, D’banj, who back in the days used to enjoy a mutually beneficial union, but the two are not in any way betraying any emotion about their sudden split, especially D’banj, who recently declared that years after leaving his manager and producer, Don Jazzy, he still misses him so dearly.

Recall that for many years, D’banj was under Don Jazzy as one of his protégées nay producer of a handful of his albums and manager. In his testimony on his relationship with Don Jazzy, the bling-bling accomplished musician, confessed that he will be pathologically lying, if he says anywhere, any time that he does not miss Don Jazzy. D’banj, who spent almost ten years with Don Jazzy, said enthusiastically that he was so attached to the producer-cum-manager that he still misses everything about his former boss, his family, his movement, his jokes and constructive arguments in the studio; but infused that he only held on to notion that nothing could stop his dream, but nevertheless he can still do music with Don Jazzy.

D’banj, who says he will forever be very grateful to God, even though he admitted that he is not perfect, but he is well, happy and satisfied to admit that he always sees himself as a person of strong will and moral rectitude, because just before he did Tombolo, he had to force himself and everybody around him to believe in just as Don Jazzy had never believed in him in the first place, adding that he had to force him to believe in him and everybody.

This was the genesis of how Don Jazzy agreed to sign him and everybody on Mo’Hits Records. D’banj started from the bottom, as in he started from nothing and became something over time, courtesy Don Jazzy, his mentor. That is why he will forever cherish Don Jazzy, an all round showbiz entrepreneur and gentleman to the core.

In 2001, D’Banj met Don Jazzy who was trying to make it as a songwriter and producer. D’Banj started hanging around the studio, making ends meet while working as a security guard. “It was OK, because I did nights,” he says, “so I could listen to music on my headphones.”

Don Jazzy told D’Banj he thought he was a star in the making, and sensing that the music scene in Nigeria was “blossoming”, the pair returned to Lagos in 2004. That same year came the single “Tongolo”; the video was paid for by D’Banj’s mother. It became an instant hit,and gained wide acclaim across the country. His first endorsement was with an energy drink called Power Fist.

In 2011, D’banj was signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music record label as an artiste and in September 2016, it was announced D’banj was released from GOOD Music. After several months of speculation and wild rumours, ace producer, Don Jazzy confirmed via his Twitter account the break-up of Mo’Hits. After the break-up, Don Jazzy, D’Prince, Dr SID, Wande Coal started Mavin Records while D’banj founded DB Records and as expected, he signed his younger brother Kayswitch to the label alongside two producers, Jaysleek and Deevee.

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