Don Jazzy is a Nigerian music producer, songwriter, singer and entrepreneur. He is the brain behind Mavin Records, the popular Nigerian music recording Label that has produced the likes of Tiwa Savage, Korede Bello, Reekado Banks, Rema and so many others.
This article features his biography, age, cars, mansion and other achievements.
Don Jazzy – Quick Facts
- Real Names – Micheal Collins Ajereh
- State Of Origin – Abia State, Nigeria
- Date of Birth – November 26, 1982
- Current Age – 37 Years
- Networth (2019) – $30 Million
- Occupations – Music producer, Singer, Songwriter, Entrepreneur
Early Life and Childhood
Don Jazzy’s real name is Michael Collins Ajereh. He was born on the 26th of November 1982 at Umuahia, Abia State. While his mother is a princess from a village in Abia State, his father is an Isoko man from Delta State.
During his early years, the family decided to move to Lagos in search of greener pastures. They settled at Ajegunle, a part of Lagos regarded as the “main” Ghetto in the state. This same place has produced famous Nigerian top music stars like the duo known as Danfo Drivers.
Growing up, Jazzy had his primary education in this part of Lagos State. He obtained his secondary school education at Federal Government College, Lagos. From an early stage, Michael Ajereh picked interest in music. He observed the differences between song rhythms, sounds and so on.
It wasn’t long before he started practising how to play the local music drums in Nigeria, alongside other musical instruments like the bass guitar. At the age of 12, he could comfortably play the guitar, the drums (traditional drums) and other musical instruments.
After his graduation from Federal Government College where he had his secondary school education, He got an admission at Ambrose Alli University, located at Ekpoma in Edo State.
There he studied Business Management Studies. While he was still in school, his passion for music kept on growing. He practised and played more musical instruments.
The Genesis Of His Music Career
Early in 2000, his uncle invited him to London. While staying with this uncle of his, he played the drums for a church. He later got an employment as a security guard at McDonald’s. It was at this point in time he met the lies of JJC, D’banj, Solek and The 419 Squad.
He also met the music producer at O-Town record, Emeka Infiniti from whom he learnt music production. A few years later Don Jazzy returned to Nigeria alongside D’banj and several others.
In 2004, he and D’banj teamed up to set up the recording label known as Mo’Hits Records. The recording label produced some of the best songs to have been aired in Nigeria. This includes both D’banj and Wande Coal’s songs. Two Nigerian artistes that were very popular then.
For the period that Mo’Hits lasted, Michael Ajereh worked with the high and mighty in the Nigerian music industry. D’Prince, Dr SID, Sauce Kid, Iechukwu and so on. Outside the Nigerian music industry, he also worked with the lies of Jay Z, Beyonce, Kanye West and so many others. In 2012, Ajereh and D’banj started having serious issues that led to the ending of their partnership in March the same year.
The Birth Of Mavin Records
Following the breakup of the partnership between D’banj and himself, on the 7th of May, 2012, Don Jazzy announced a new music recording label called Mavin Records. The next day, May 8th 2012, the first album from the record label was released.
The album featured the artistes he signed to the label earlier. Mavin Records went on to sign Tiwa Savage and several other Nigerian music stars. From there, the label kept growing until it reached the height at which it is today.
Like Don Jazzy rightly predicted on May 7th 2012, when he said “I see Mavin Records being the powerhouse of music in Africa in the shortest possible time,” today Mavin Records has truly achieved that feat.
Don Jazzy’s Achievements & Awards
From 2004 that Don Jazzy stepped into the Nigerian music industry fully, the man has continued to win many awards. A few of them are listed below.
- Producer of the Year – Nigerian Music Awards (2006)
- Music Producer of the Year – Nigerian Entertainment Awards (2007)
- Producer of the Year for Over The Moon, Mr Endowed and Pop Something – The Headies 2011
- Producer of the Year for Dorobucci – The Headies 2014
- Special Recognition Award – City People Entertainment Award.
Don Jazzy’s Cars
Michael Ajereh is one of the few Nigerian musicians that are so rich that he can afford to buy any car of his choice from any manufacturer anywhere in the world.
Though he is not one who likes to flaunt his cars every now and then on social media, people still find a way of discovering them.
Presently, only four of his cars are known to the public. They include:
- A Porsche Carrera said to be worth about 32 Million Naira
- A Cadillac Escalade which costs over N23 million
- A Range Rover reported to cost over N23 million and also
- A Bentley Continental which reports claim cost him about N70 million to purchase.
Of course, this may not be the complete list of Don Jazzy’s cars at the moment, they are simply the ones that are known to the public.
Don Jazzy’s Mansions
The music producer like several other Nigerian musicians, he is a lover of expensive properties, houses and mansions.
Just a few days ago (as at the time of writing this article) while celebrating his 37th birthday, the music star unveiled two big mansions which he said will serve as corporate offices for his music label.
One of them is at the popular Victoria Island while the other is at Lekki, both within Lagos. The two new offices are said to cost millions of naira. Apart from these two new big buildings, Don Jazzy is also the owner of several other houses around Lagos.
According to reports, the music producer is said to own a private mansion in Banana Island that costs around N150 million. He is also said to own one in Lekki that costs around N160 million.
Being the current richest musician in Nigeria, he can afford to buy almost any house that he wants both within and outside the country.
Social Media Accounts
Don Jazzy is also very active on various social media platforms. Official and verified social media accounts of this award-winning Nigerian musician and producer are listed below.
Don Jazzy’s biography, cars, mansions, age, net worth and marital status are a subject of interest to a whole lot of people especially music livers in Nigeria. If you are one of his numerous fans, I hope you find the information about him in this article useful.