My 10 differences between Dbanj and DonJazzy
1. Family Background
2. Mohits Records
4. Business sense
9. Music Concerts
10. Age & Humility
1. FAMILY BACKGROUND
Donjazzy has always hidden details about his family background obviously
based on the fact that its nothing to be proud of. As you all know, his brother
Dprince is from same mother but different fathers. However dbanj has a solid
close knit family with kids brought up with christian values. No wonder we hear
such inspiring lyrics from some of his songs like mobolowowon, olorunmaje, mr
endowed(remix) and the recent collabo with oritsefemi(double wahala remix).
Mohits first crib was given to them by dbanj's mum(a bungalow at michael
otedola estate) and their first official car too. dbanj is from a good and
admirable family with successful siblings and responsible parents.
2. MOHITS RECORD
Despite the misinterpretation in the media that donJazzy owned mohits, it
became clear to all(after the break up) that its was a partnership between the
two friends. They both owned the record label 50-50 and dbanj had more
controlling power(that's why he could sign artistes at will). Donjazzy never
owned mo-hits records, it was a partnership between both of them(that was
why donjazzy had to drop the name when they broke up). When 2face left
kennis music or when wizkid left EME, tell me did baba keke and banky W
change their business names. Dbanj even had more shares in mo-hits. He was
everything and controlled the label. That was why all concerts they performed
back then, you will always see "Dbanj & Mo-hit all stars" on handbills or bill
boards. The whole group leveraged on his brand name.
Donjazzy is a stingy and greedy guy that was why wande coal left when he felt
cheated. He was just wasting the boy's life away performing at shows but no
album to show for it. Wande left and immediately was endorsed by telecoms
giant globacom; and released his own songs under his black diamond. If you
doubt me search it on google on "why wande coal left mo-hits.
I pity those three new recruits(Reekado banks, Di'ja and Korede bello), donjazzy
will just keep using them and hiding under the disguise of "mavin all stars" but
they won't av any album to their name except they wise up like tiwa savage who
spends her own money to make videos(backed by support of her manager/
Dbanj is arguably the most generous artiste in africa. He once said when asked
how rich he was in an interview. I quote "money is just a material thing and
vanity upon vanity, all is vanity". He gave wande coal a brand new Prado after
he crashed the car he won from Hiphop World awards(now the headies). He
bought six range Rovers few years. gave D’Prince an LR 3, after he crashed it,
he bought him a Range, and it’s no news that he bought two Bentleys; one for
himself and one for Don Jazzy.
DonJazzy has never even bought a car for his brother Dprince so how can he
buy for others in Mohits. And after the MoHits break up with Jazzy, Dbanj
bought a Benz C-class worth over N9million for Kswitch and a luxury automobile
for himself - the Aston Martin Vantage V8. He also got a 2014 Honda CRV jeep
for his sister as a wedding gift. What a generous man.
4. BUSINESS SENSE
At Mohits, Donjazzy was in charge of music production while dbanj ran the
business aspect. There are many music producers eg lengudury, idcabbasa,
Jmartins, Dr frabz, J-soul, Spellz, Sosick, Sarz, TY-mix, Cobhams etc to mention
a few. So dbanj doesn't need jazzy to make good music(as he can simply
employ the services of any good producer) but jazzy needs dbanj to be
business oriented. No wonder dbanj has achieved much more business wise
after the Mohits break up. But all jazzy has been doing is just making music(that
majority of the income goes to marketers like obaino music, Tjoe records and
Ahbu ventures) the three kings that run alaba international.
In 2013, D’banj received an invitation from Hennessy to visit France and was the
headlining act for the 2013 edition of Hennessy Artistry. In 2014, Dbanj's song
"Bother You” was the official soundtrack for the highly acclaimed and world
renowned “Half of a Yellow Sun“ movie adapted from Chimamanda Ngozi
Adichie's best selling novel.
Don jazzy has very lucrative endorsement deals including one with Loya Milk
worth about N50m. MTN is worth N25m, and his endorsement with Samsung
Africa also made some millions.
In 2013, D'banj was named the Bank of Industry (BOI) ambassador worth multi
millions. In Nov 2013, D'banj re-signed a multi-million Naira deal with Globacom,
the company he parted ways with in 2010 where he cashed in over $500,000. In
October 2014, D'banj was named the official African ambassador for Beats by
Dre(a company owned by Apple). The biggest ever endorsement deal by any
For a software giant like apple and perhaps the most innovative infotech
company in the world notable for unique products like ipods, ipads, macintosh
OS, apple MAC laptops, iphones, apple watch etc to chose dbanj out of the
multiple artistes making hits in africa is quite awesome. Indeed this man is
Donjazzy from our records has no operational foundation. D'banj is the founder
of Koko Foundation for Youth and Peace Development and has been involved in
many humanitarian and charitable programs both locally and abroad. This act
has opened doors for him globally and with his great sense of humour he keeps
endearing himself to top executives locally and on the african continent.
Dbanj is far more influential that Jazzy and has become a global brand. Dbanj
has met with the who is who in the world through the ONE campaign and other
platforms. Bill gates, Mo Ibrahim, Aliko dangote, mike adenuga, femi otedola,
goodluck jonathan, issa hayatou, sepp blatter etc. Dbanj performed at the CAF
nations cup in 2014 a deal worth over $200,000. He also has relationships with
top american artistes like kanye west, Jay Z, beyonce, Snoop, 2chains, Big sean
to mention a few.
He is also Nigeria's first United Nations Youth Ambassador for Peace. Dbanj is
the ONE campaign ambassador in support of agriculture investments. He was
among the few stars invited to the prestigious white house to raise awareness
on agriculture in Nigeria as part of the Bono’s global humanitarian group. He
also led 18 other African artists on the song "cocoa na chocolate" and won Best
African Collaboration at the All Africa Music Awards in 2014.
Don jazzy is only known for music and his nite club but dbanj has succeeded as
a musician, entertainer, ambassador and now diversified into various forms of
business especially agriculture(cocoa farming to be precise and his koko garri
that has been endorsed by the richest nigerians). Following the foot steps of
foreign artistes before him that have diversified into other profitable ventures;
knowing fully well that you cant keep churning out hit songs for life.
9. MUSIC CONCERTS
After the break up of mohits, dbanj's DB records av staged two high profile
concerts that was sold out. Koko concert and D'kings men concert. This two
events enjoyed massive sponsorship from multinationals, banks and top
nigerian companies. The two concerts game him a combined income of over
N250million from ticket sales alone and others from sponsorships. Mavin
records till date is yet to organise any notable music concert.
Dbanj also has over 35 awards to his name which includes: BET Awards,
Channel O Music Video Awards, Fizz Awards, Ghana Music Awards, The
Headies, Kora Awards, MOBO Awards, MTV Africa Music Awards, MTV Europe
Music Awards, Nigeria Entertainment Awards, Nigeria Music Video Awards,
Sound City Music Video Awards, World Music Awards, 4Syte TV Music Video
Awards and the recent All Africa Music Awards in 2014.
10. AGE and HUMILITY
Despite being older than DonJazzy, dbanj still respects him and created a high
profile for him which made people to adore jazzy. The words "its don jazzy
again" became a popular slogan during the Mohits era. It was all his idea to
make Jazzy look like the Don.
Jazzy on the other hand isn't humble but very arrogant. He once ordered his
body guards to beat up a guy in a nite club. He once had a grudge with
ikechukwu which made them to part ways. Dbanj also had issues with
ikechukwu but later settled it and accepted him back to his crew at DB records.
DonJazzy disliked Dr Frabz out of envy just because frabz created the beat for
the highly successful "WHY ME" that shot them to prominence. Jazzy never
acknowledge publicly that it was Frabz beats. Due to this Dr Frabz left mohits
too on a bad note. (Frabz, kswitch and myself attended the same university in
Nigeria so these are confirmed facts).
Dbanj and Tuface are the most humble nigerian artistes you can ever meet. If
you've been shunned by other artistes in public you will understand what I
mean. Dbanj response to his fans is very impressive despite his A-list celebrity
Dbanj has a great sense of humour which makes him very likeable. He thinks
globally but jazzy prefers to be a local champion. This was the reason for the
problems of Mohits. Dbanj was thinking ahead and planning to expand the
Mohits brand when they met Kanye west in the US but DonJazzy couldn't
humble himself because kanye was also a producer and he knew he may be
relegated to the background. No matter what our entertainment industry
(whether music or movies) is doing today, its was all adopted from the west.
Even the gadgets and equipments we use to produce music was manufactured
by europeans and americans. So please tell me is there a crime that Dbanj was
The latest tape released on "THE TRUTH" also exposed the envy that existed in
Mohits from the outburst of Dr Sid stating that "his brand and star is too big, its
overshadowing...". What a wicked world that the same people you call family
can gang up against you just because of your success. Imagine if a kelly
rowland envied beyonce, will their relationship still be intact today.
The truth is no one can be trusted except God. In conclusion, my advice to
Dbanj is to "forgive others not because they deserve forgiveness but because
you deserve peace".