Michael Collins Ajereh, popularly known as Don Jazzy, is a Nigerian record producer, singer, songwriter, CEO, and founder of one of Nigeria’s biggest record labels, Mavin Records.
The 37-Year-Old music mogul was born in Umuahia, Abia State, after which his family moved to Ajegunle, Lagos where he was raised. He was educated at the co-educational high school, Federal Government College Lagos. Don Jazzy found an interest in music early in life and at age 12, began to play the bass guitar one can say influenced his decision to be a music producer. He enrolled in business management studies at the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo state.
Don Jazzy, is one of Nigeria’s foremost celebrities with a long history of success in the Nigerian music industry. As a music producer, he has been associated with some of the biggest artists in Africa. Under his first label Mo’hits, he worked with D’banj, Wande Coal, Dr. Sid, and D’Prince, among others. Under his more recent label, Mavin, Don Jazzy’s associates include Tiwa Savage, Reekado Banks, Korede Bello, and, more recently, the highly successful Rema. On 7 May 2012, Don Jazzy announced a new record label, Mavin records.
He has won awards like;
Nigerian Music Awards (2006) – Producer of the Year.
Nigerian Entertainment Awards (2007) – Music Producer of the Year.
The Headies 2011 – Producer of the Year for Over The Moon, Mr. Endowed and Pop Something
Rhythm unplugged Concert (2013) – Flytime Entertainment Legend Award
The Headies 2014 – Producer of the Year for Dorobucci
City People Entertainment Award (2015) – special recognition award.
The Beatz Award TM (2019) – New Discovery Producer.
The multiple award-winning producer has worked with a host of local and international celebrities, Kanye West & Jay-Z – Lift Off (feat. Beyoncé), Tiwa Savage, Wande Coal, D’banj amongst others.
Don Jazzy is popular on social media for his hilarious Tik Tok videos, and audience engagement, starting this trend long before it became popular among celebrities. With a combined social media following of over 14 million, Don Jazzy is easily one of the most influential celebrities in Nigeria and the most popular music producer in the country.