28 December 2012

Nigeria: Don Jazzy and D'Banj - Best Rivalry in 2012

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Don Jazzy and ex-business partner, D'banj were once best of friends, brothers and professional colleagues. Their rapport and struggle started way back in London, until they decided to take the country by storm when they floated the now rested Mo'hits record label.

As friends, they stayed glued to each other before their friendship went soar. And like cat and mouse, rivalry tore them apart.

Don Jazzy and D'banj, made their split official in March. In posts on his Twitter account, Don Jazzy confirmed rumours that their partnership under the Mo' Hits umbrella had crumbled. He described the development as "sad but true."

There had been reports that the two friends had parted ways over some issues, especially D' banj's collaboration with American R&B star, Kanye West, and his label, G.O.O.D Music. D' banj's interview with American magazine, Ebony, shortly after, added fire to the speculations, especially where he described Don Jazzy as one of the artists on the Mo'hits label. Two months after, Don Jazzy floated Marvin Records and signed on artists previously with Mo' Hits record label, including Wande Coal, Dr SID D'Prince and Tiwa Savage as the new addition.

In the years they worked together, they reshaped the industry with renowned hip-hop artistes.

To further lend credence to the rivalry, while Kokomaster opened his night club, One Eleven, on Lagos Island recently, Don Jazzy equally went into the business few days ago when he established his PoP night club located also on the Island.

It is not for nothing that D' banj snubbed Don Jazzy at the recently held Rhythm Unplugged. At the show, other artistes who went on stage to perform kept hailing, Don Jazzy who sat at the V.I.P corner. But when it was time for D'banj and his brother to mount the stage, he didn't do same. Instead of paying homage to their buddy(Jazzy) like others, both ignored him.

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