Full Name: Michael Collins Ajereh
Stage Name: Don Jazzy
Date of birth: Born 26 November 1982
Occupation: Record producer, singer-songwriter, musician
Place of birth: Umuahia
State of origin: Delta state
Record Label: CEO of Mavin Records
Genres: Pop, R&B, Afro pop, African hip hop
Associated Acts: D’Banj, Kanye West, Dr SID, D’Prince, Wande Coal, Mo’ Hits Allstars, Ikechukwu, Tiwa Savage, Korede Bello, Di’Ja, Reekado Banks
This is the official Biography of one of the most celebrated and multi award-winning record producer, singer-songwriter, musician, former CEO of Mo’ Hits Records and current CEO of Mavin Records, Don Jazzy whose reals names are Michael Collins Ajereh .
Michael Collins Ajereh whose stage name is Don Jazzy is a popular Nigerian producer and musician who is so passionate and focus in anything he does , he is one of the most industrous Nigerian celebrity that turns anything he come in contact with into money and he has helped many Nigerian singers in achieving their life goals and infact right now they are all living their dream life . As i earlier asserted at the beginning of this article , Don Jazzy was born on the 26th of November 1982 in his home town Umuahia of Delta state, Nigeria and he spent all his childhood life there before he went to Lagos for greener pastures just like every other Nigerian man would do .
For those of you who don’t know the town of Umuahia where the ace producer and musician was born , it is the capital of Abia state, located in the south eastern part of Nigeria . Don Jazzy started his musical career by playing the bass guitar as it was introduced to him at the age of 12 . Since then his passion for music as been growing stronger and stronger as each day passes by . He graduated from Ambrose Alli University in Ekpoma,in Edo state where he bagged a degree in Business Management . After graduating from the high school , his uncle invited him to the United Kingdom with the plan to connect him with his neighbourhood Church so that he will start playing drum for them because playing drum is one thing he knows how to do best .
Don Jazzy is a big time hustler right from his day one . He has done some odd jobs just to fed for himself because he is a man that also want to take care of himself singlehandedly . He worked at McDonalds, he also dubbed as a “mai Guard” a Nigerian slang for “security guard”. He has a lot of fans on facebook ,twitter and instagram , he is a regular customer on social network because it’s a place where he can easily express his feeling at any perticular point in time .
Don Jazzy along side his friend and partner they created the Mohits record label which was his first try . The label was very popular as at then and it was the most famous Nigerian label . But , as things was going well for them all something happened along the line and that was the end of the label as every one of them parted way with each other . One of the prominent name that was in the label was D’ Banj . Casting our mind back, we would recall that Don Jazzy’s first full credit production work was in 2004 on Tongolo for Nigerian singer D’banj, the song was a great hit and was accepted by Nigerians. Again, he produce D’banj’s first studio album titled No Long Thing released in 2005. Don Jazzy has also produced tracks for Dr SID, Wande Coal, Emeka Infiniti, D’Prince, Darey, Naeto C, Olakunle Excel et Zanga, Sauce Kid, Ikechukwu & Tiwa Savage and he has also collaborated with Jay-Z and Kanye West on the production of Lift Off, featuring Beyoncé on the album Watch The Throne, released on 8 August 2011.
Apart from music , Don Dazzy is also into other businesses like Oil business in collaboration with his brother . He is the richest producer in Nigeria . Fews years ago Forbes named him as the richest African Musician but don’t really know if he is still seating there or unseated . Last year , he and YBNL CEO , Olamide Baddo had it hot at The Heading 2015 over The Next Rated Award that was given to Reekado Banks . Olamide was expecting his signee, Lil Kesh to emerge the winner but unfortunately for him it was a miss . The beef lasted for weeks and was finally setteld by African richest man, Aliko Dangote . That beef was tagged the mosted trended beef of all time talking about the Nigerian Music Industry greated beef .
The Headies 2015
The Headies 2014 – Producer of the Year for the song “Dorobucci”
2006 Nigerian Music Awards (NMA) – Producer of the Year
2015 City People Entertainment Award – Special Recognition Award
The Headies 2011 – Producer of the Year for the songs “Over The Moon”, “Mr Endowed” and “Pop Something”
2007 Nigerian Entertainment Awards – Music Producer of the Year