Don Jazzy Biography, Net Worth, Profile & Age
BIRTH NAME: Michael Collins Ajere
STYLE RATING: $5.2%
DISPLAY NAME: Don Jazzy
NET WORTH: $35 Million Dollars
Don Jazzy was born Michael Collins Ajere on the 6th of November, 1982, to a family in Ajegunle, Lagos State. He was born and raised in Lagos State, Nigeria, and acquired basic education at the co-educational high school in Lagos state.
His love for music began at an early age of 12, when he took interest in playing a musical instrument, and learnt to play bass guitar.
Michael Collins Ajere found himself loving music, and he didn’t relent. He trained himself in traditional and percussion musical instruments while growing up. Don Jazzy applied to study Business Management Studies at the Ambrose Alli University, and was admitted to study this preferred course.
In the year 2000, Don Jazzy went on a visit to London, he was asked to play drums there at a local church by his Uncle in London. Eventually, he got a job as a security guard at McDonald’s. However, his passion for music wasn’t put down.
He went on to venture music, being connected with Kas, D’banj, JJC, Solek, and other musically inclined personalities. He was eager to learn a lot about music, and then learnt how to produce music from O-Town’s Emeka Infiniti.
In 2004, Don Jazzy and his very close friend collaborated to form a record label they both named Mo’Hits Records. By 2006, Don Jazzy released two albums: Rundown/Funk You Up, and No Long Thing. They also worked on a third album titled “Curriculum Vitae”. The Don was already recognized, and had an introductory phrase at the beginning his songs. When you hear “It’s Don Jazzy again”, you know Don Jazzy’s on the beat.
In 2008, Don Jazzy got appraised and credited for his contributions to the production of Wande Coal’s album titled “Mushin 2 MoHits”, and D’banj’s “The Entertainer”. Don Jazzy also did background vocals for musicians whose songs he produced. He takes no credit as a music act, but has supported artistes like D’banj, Ikechukwu, Dr Sid, Sauce Kid, D’Prince, and a few other artistes.
He also provided vocal backup for Kanye West and Beyonce on the song titled “Lift Off”, a single off the album titled “Watch The Throne”. However, in 2011, Kanye West took Don Jazzy in as a music producer at Very Good Beatz. “Lift Off” by Kanye West featuring famous American model and musician Beyonce was released on the 8th of August, 2008, and was worked on by Don Jazzy and Jay Z.
The Fall of Mo’Hits
Due to differences between Don Jazzy and D’banj, the partnership that led to the creation of Mo’Hits Records was left to fade out. They abandoned the music label, and went separate ways. In pursuit of independent music careers, Don Jazzy, and D’banj took different paths, and so did Wande Coal.
The Birth of Mavin Records
On the 7th of May, 2012, Don Jazzy announced the formation of Mavin Records, the new record label. He also announced that he has signed artistes to the label, and has released an album featuring the signed artistes.
The album contained singles including, I’m a Mavin, Chocolate, Take Banana, Forever, and other songs. The label had a complementary marketing social media named Marvin League to aid the promotion and growth of the Mavin Records music imprint. Don Jazzy was growing steadily with his music label, until he had a problem with one of the artistes signed to Mavin Records – Wande Coal.
Wande Coal and Don Jazzy has a misunderstanding on the 5th of November, 2013, which led to Wande Coal leaving the music imprint two days after the saga. In 2014, precisely in September, Don Jazzy collaborated with Reekado Banks and Di’ja to release a social activist song themed Arise.
Don Jazzy’s Onscreen Debut
Don Jazzy, alongside Dr Sid, Ali Baba the comedian, Ayo Makun, and actor Nonso Diobi was starred in movie titled The Last 3 Digits in Nollywood by Moses Inwang.
Don Jazzy is a humble personality, yet unmarried and not sure if he’s searching. With the company of artistes signed under the Mavin Records, he’s got more than a lovely family making life fun and more for him.
Hopefully, the CEO of Mavin Records and Mavin Energy Limited will get married to a lucky and beautiful damsel soon. People suggested the lucky woman would be celebrity blogger Linda Ikeji, but she’s in love now and has a son name Jayce, certainly not for Don Jazzy.
Don Jazzy has an estimated net worth of $35 million dollars. The Don earns from music production, sales, endorsement deals, business deals, show bookings, and personal deals with individuals and brands. Don Jazzy is the founder of top and leading music imprint in Nigeria, Mavin Records.
The music imprint is known to be one of the biggest as it has produced some of the finest Nigerian musicians including Korede Bello, Di’ja, Reekado Banks, and the Queen of Nigerian music, Tiwa Savage. Don Jazzy earns a lot of money off these artistes, he gets a cute cut from what is earned by them.
Don Jazzy as a music producer also charges pretty high to produce songs for other artistes outside his music label. He’s known to be one of the highest paid Nigerian music producers in the country. In 2012, Don Jazzy signed an advertisement and promotion deal worth N50 million naira with Loya Milk.
He also penned a deal in 2013 worth N100 million naira with Samsong Electronics. The deal was made in South Africa, and it placed Don Jazzy on the class of highest earning brand ambassadors in Nigeria. Don Jazzy has also signed a deal worth N12 million naira with MTN Nigeria, he’s acquired costly vehicles in the past.
These costly vehicles include a N10 million naira worth Range Rover Sport, a N11 million naira Cadillac Escalade, a N29 million naira worth Bentley, and a Porsche Carrera worth N13 million naira. Don Jazzy also owns a N160 million naira mansion in Lekki Phase 1, and other properties worth millions.
Music aside, Don Jazzy owns an oil & gas firm known as Mavin Energy Limited. His sources of income are numerous, and he’s been recognized by Forbes as one of the most influential celebrities in Africa.
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