Michael Collins Ajereh better known as Don Jazzy is a Nigerian record producer, singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. He co-founded the now-defunct record label Mo’ Hits Records in 2004. Following the closure of the aforementioned record label, Don Jazzy set up his own record label called Mavin Records.
Don Jazzy was born on November 26, 1982, in Umuahia, Abia State but his father is an origin of Isoko in Delta State while his mother is an Igbo princess from Abia State. His family moved to Ajegunle, Lagos where Don Jazzy was raised.
Early life & Education
He attended Federal Government College in Lagos before enrolling in business management studies at Ambrose Ali University in Ekpoma, Edo State. Don Jazzy developed an early interest in music and began playing the bass guitar at the age of 12. He also learned about traditional and percussion instruments.
Don Jazzy was flown to London in 2000 after his uncle invited him to play drums for a local church. He was hired as a security guard at McDonald’s while continuing to pursue his musical passion.
He maintained his musical interest, associating with Solek, JJC, Kas, The 419 Squad, and D’Banj. Don Jazzy learned how to produce from Emeka Infiniti at O-Town Records.
Don Jazzy and D’Banj co-founded Mo’ Hits Records in 2004. Don Jazzy produced the albums No Long Thing and Rundown/Funk You Up over the next two years. Curriculum Vitae, a third album, was also in the works. Don Jazzy developed a memorable introduction around this time, “It’s Don Jazzy Again!”
He also contributed to Wande Coal’s Mushin 2 Mohits, which was dubbed “one of the best albums ever released in Nigeria.”
Don Jazzy sang background vocals for the artists he produced. These vocals include D’Banj, Sauce Kid, Dr. SID, Ikechukwu, Kween, D’Prince, and Jay-Z. Don Jazzy contributed vocals to Kanye West’s song Lift Off with Beyoncé on the Watch The Throne album, but he did not take credit as a singer.
He worked at Very Good Beatz as a producer for Kanye West. Don Jazzy collaborated with Jay-Z and Kanye West on the production of Lift Off, which featured Beyoncé and was included on the album Watch The Throne, which was released on August 8, 2011.
Don Jazzy and D’Banj left the collaboration in March 2012.
Ajereh announced the formation of a new record label, Mavin Records, on May 7, 2012. “I see Mavin Records becoming the powerhouse of African music in the shortest possible time,” Ajereh said. On May 8, 2012, he released an album featuring artists from his label. Amarachi, Forever, Oma Ga, Take Banana and Chocolate, YOLO, and the anthem I’m an MAVIN were among the songs on the album. Tiwa Savage was signed to Mavin Records. To supplement and market his label, Ajereh created the “Marvin League” social network platform.
Don Jazzy had a falling out with Wande Coal on November 5, 2013, and left the label two days later.
In September 2014, he co-produced Arise, a Nigerian social activist song, with Reekado Banks and Di’Ja.
2015 Headies Award Lil Kesh of YBNL Records lost the “Next Rated” award to Reekado Banks. The winner of the award received a car, which sparked a feud between Olamide and Don Jazzy. Following that, both parties apologized. Ajereh made her Nollywood debut in Moses Inwang’s film The Last 3 Digits in 2012. Ali Baba, A.Y., Nonso Diobi, and Dr. Sid were also cast by Inwang.
Nigerian Music Awards (2006) – Producer of the Year.
Nigerian Entertainment Awards (2007) – Music Producer of the Year.
The Headies 2011 – Producer of the Year for Over The Moon, Mr. Endowed and Pop Something
The Headies 2014 – Producer of the Year for Dorobucci
City People Entertainment Award (2015) – special recognition award.
The Beatz Award TM (2019) – New Discovery Producer.
Don Jazzy Net Worth
Don Jazzy is one of the richest musician in Nigeria, his net worth estimated to be $25 million.
D’banj – No Long Thing (2005)
D’banj – RunDown Funk U Up (2006)
D’banj – The Entertainer (2008)
Mo’ Hits All Stars – Curriculum Vitae (2007)
Booty Call 5:13
Close To You 3:43
Hey Girl 5:08
Igbe Mi 5:40
No Long Thing 3:15
Ololufe (Club Mix) 4:21
Stop The Violence 6:37
Why Me (Remix) 5:16
Wande Coal – Mushin2Mohits (2008)
I Know U Like It 3:10
You Bad 4:05
Se Na Like This 4:12
Kiss Ur Hands 3:54
Se Ope 3:22
Now It’s All Gone 4:24
Bumper 2 Bumper 3:44
Who Born The Maga 3:04
That’s Wots Up 4:42
Ten Ten 3:47
My Grind 4:48
Been long you saw me
Go low 3:50
The kick 3:10
Dr SID Turning Point (2010)
When This Song Comes On
Over the Moon (feat. K-Switch)
Something About You
Winchi Winchi (feat. Wande Coal)
Pop something (feat. D’Banj)
a Mi Jo (feat. Ikechukwu, M.I & eLDee)
E Je Ka Jo (feat. D’Banj)
Something About You (Silva Stone Remix)
Winchi Winchi (feat. Wande Coal, Sway DaSafo & Dotstar)
MAVINS – Solar Plexus “MAVIN Records” (2012)
Intro by MAVINS (Michael Ajereh, Sidney Esiri)
I’m A MAVIN by MAVINS (Michael Ajereh, Tiwatope Savage, Sidney Esiri, Wande Ojosipe, Charles Enebeli)
Oma Ga by Tiwa Savage (Michael Ajereh, Tiwatope Savage, Sidney Esiri, Wande Ojosipe)
YOLO by Dr SID (Michael Ajereh, Sidney Esiri)
See Me Ri by Wande Coal (Michael Ajereh, Sidney Esiri, Wande Ojisipe, Towa Ojosipe)
Take Banana by D’PRINCE (Michael Ajereh, Charles Enebeli
CPR by Dr SID (Michael Ajereh, Sidney Esiri)
Forever by Wande Coal (Michael Ajereh, Sidney Esiri, Wande Ojosipe, Towa Ojosipe)
Why You Over There by D’PRINCE (Michael Ajereh, Charles Enebeli)
Chocolate by Dr SID (Michael Ajereh, Sidney Esiri, Charles Enebeli)
Pretty Girls by Wande Coal (Michael Ajereh, Wande Ojosipe)
Amarachi by D’PRINCE (Michael Ajereh, Charles Enebeli
Outro by MAVINS (Michael Ajereh, Sidney Esiri)
Singles with Mo’ Hits artistsEdit
I like What I See (feat. Wande Coal)
Ooze (feat. D’Banj)
Give It To me (feat. D’Banj)
Why Me (2006)
Run Down (2006)
Olorun Maje (2008)
Gbono Feli (2008)
Fall in ove (2008)
Mr Endowed (2010)
I do This
Scape Goat (2010)
Mr Endowed (Remix) (feat. Snoop Dogg) (2010)
Oliver Twist (2011)
Bumper 2 Bumper
Kiss Your Hand
Who Born the Maga
Been Long You Saw Me (feat. Don Jazzy) (2011)
Go Low (2011)
Something About You (2009)
Winchi winchi (2009)
Pop Something(feat. D’Banj)
Over The Moon (2010)
Chocolate West African Remix (ft Ice Prince Sarkodie Elom Adablah Lynxxx)
Chocolate East African Remix (ft Musik Maestro)
Lady Don Dada
Baby Tornado Remix (ft Alexandra burke)
Surulere (ft Don Jazzy)
Singles wth other artistsEdit
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 – Do (feat. 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 & Jay-Z – Lift Off (feat. Beyoncé)
Weird MC – Ijoya