Michael Collins Ajereh, who is popularly known as Don Jazzy or Don Baba J, is a Nigerian record producer, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur and philanthropist. 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 Mavin Records on May 8, 2012. What else do we know about this hitmaker? Read on for more details.
Here are all the interesting facts from Don Jazzy biography.
- Real name: Michael Collins Ajereh
- Birthdate: 26 November 1982
- Don Jazzy age: 38 years old (as of 2020)
- Birthplace: Umuahia, Nigeria
- Star sign: Sagittarius
- Education: Ambrose Alli University
How old is Don Jazzy?
Don Jazzy was born as Michael Collins Ajereh on the 26th of November, 1982. This means that he is 38 years old (as of 2020).
Interestingly, Don Jazzy and his father actually share a birthday! For his birthday this year, the artist posted a photo of himself on Instagram and captioned it saying:
“It’s my birthday today. Dear lord I do not take it for granted. It’s been one crazy year. I give GOD all the glory for life and the many blessings. Pls guys help me wish my dad @mavingrandpa a happy birthday also as we share the day. Thank you guys for all the wishes already I feel loved hehe. I love y’all too.
Where is Don Jazzy from?
The artist has three siblings: James Collins Enebeli, Joy Solano and Charles Collins Enebeli. His brother, Charles Enebeli, is also a musician and a businessman who is popularly known as D'Prince.
His family moved from Abia State to Ajegunle, Lagos, where he was raised.
He attended the co-educational high school, Federal Government College Lagos. He is also an alumnus of Federal Government College, Lagos and has a degree in Business Management from Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma.
Don Jazzy found an interest in music early in life. In fact, it is reported that he started playing the drums before the age of 4 and at age 12, he began to play the bass guitar. He also gained knowledge of traditional and percussion instruments.
In 2000, Jazzy visited London when his uncle invited him to play the drums for the local church. While in London, Don Jazzy gained employment at McDonald's as a security guard. He continued nurturing his interest in music, associating with Solek, JJC, Kas, The 419 Squad and D'Banj.
He then learnt how to produce from Emeka Infiniti at O-Town record company. He was preparing himself while waiting for the right opportunity.
Mo' Hits Records
Inspired, the man started planning on opening his own record label. Thanks to his business management education along with experience in watching professionals, he partnered with D'Banj in 2004 to establish Mo’Hits Records.
Mo'Hits became such a success that in two years, Don Jazzy had already wrapped up two albums, No Long Thing and Rundown/Funk You Up, and was on the third, Curriculum Vitae.
In 2008, Don Jazzy was credited in the production of The Entertainer by D'Banj. He also contributed to the production of Wande Coal's Mushin 2 MoHits.
Although Don Jazzy did not take credit as a singer, he performed background vocals for the artists he produced, including D'Banj, Sauce Kid, Dr SID, Ikechukwu, Kween, D'Prince, and Jay-Z.
In 2011, Don Jazzy was employed by Kanye West as a producer at Very Good Beatz. Here, Don Jazzy worked with Jay-Z and Kanye West on the production of Lift Off, featuring Beyoncé on the album Watch The Throne, which was released on 8 August 2011.
In March 2012, Don Jazzy and D'Banj abandoned their partnership, citing artistic differences.
On 7 May 2012, Jazzy announced a new record label, Mavin Records. He said,
"I see Mavin Records being the power house of Music in Africa in the shortest possible time."
The label has signed talented artists such as Dr.SID, D’Prince, Korede Bello, Reekado Banks, Di’ja, Poe, Jonny Drille, and the DNA twins.
Don Jazzy albums
Some of the albums produced by Don Jazzy include:
- D’banj – No Long Thing (2005)
- D’banj – RunDown Funk U Up (2006)
- Mo’ Hits All Stars – Curriculum Vitae (2007)
- D’banj – The Entertainer (2008)
- Wande Coal – Mushin2Mohits (2008)
- Dr Sid - Turning Point (2010)
- MAVINS – Solar Plexus (2012)
- D’Prince - Frenzy
- Tiwa Savage - Once Upon A Time & RED
- Dr Sid - Siduction
- Reekado Banks - Spotlight
- Korede Bello - Belloved
Don Jazzy songs with Mo' Hits artists
- They include:
- I like What I See
- Give It To me
- Tongolo (2005)
- Soko (2005)
- Mobolowowon (2005)
- Why Me (2006)
- Run Down (2006)
- Kimon (2008)
- Olorun Maje (2008)
- Gbono Feli (2008)
- Entertainer (2008)
- Suddenly (2008)
- Fall in Love (2008)
- Mr Endowed (2010)
- I do This
- Scape Goat (2010)
- Mr Endowed (Remix) (2010)
- Bumper 2 Bumper
- You Bad
- Kiss Your Hand
- Who Born the Maga
- Something About You (2009)
- Winchi winchi (2009)
- Pop Something
- 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
- Love Mine
- Baby Tornado
- Baby Tornado Remix (ft Alexandra burke)
Singles with other artists
- Darey – Escalade part 2
- Darey – Stroke Me
- Shank – Never Felt
- Naeto C – Asewo
- Ikechukwu – Like You
- Sauce Kid – Under G
- Kanye West & Jay-Z – Lift Off
- Weird MC – Ijoya
Don Jazzy latest song
Don Jazzy new song is Ife. The song, which is a collaboration between Don Jazzy, Teni, and DJ Big N, was released on the 15th of May, 2020.
Don Jazzy net worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, the artist has a net worth of $10 million.
Don Jazzy house
The hitmaker has property in Banana Island, an artificial island that lies beside the Lagos shore. His mansion in this location is said to be valued at around ₦150M. He also has another property nicknamed Lekki Office in Lekki.
Is Don Jazzy married?
In an exclusive telephone chat with Saturday Beats in 2019, the ‘Dorobucci’ crooner noted that although he is in a relationship at the moment, he is not in a hurry to get married.
It is not difficult to find a wife; there are many beautiful women out there. It is not like I am ready; I am not the perfect version of what I would like to be to my wife and family. I want to work on myself until I am ready. By the time I am ready, if someone still wants to be with me, that would be great. It is not like I am looking for a wife and cannot find one. There are lots of nice and beautiful ladies out there. I don’t think I am there yet. I am not in a hurry."
Don Jazzy is undeniably one of the biggest names in the Nigerian entertainment industry, but his fame does not stop there. He is well known all over the world for his excellent music producing skills. He is, without a doubt, an artist worth emulating.
You will be surprised to find out that the celebrity is only 24 years old, but he has made significant achievements in his career. The musician recently released his sophomore album, Apollo. Apollo was released on August 20, 2020, under the YBNL Nation record label. The 17-track album comes after the success of his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, which was released on November 29, 2019.