Don Jazzy granted an exclusive interview to Nigeria’s leading music platform, NotJustOK.com. A shout out to Demola OG, Ovie O and the rest of the team doing great work.
In the interview, Don Jazzy discussed a lot of things including Olamide at the Headies, the music business, Mo’Hits Kanye West G.O.O.D music deal, Tiwa Savage’s marriage crisis with Tee Billz, and the latest deal with Jay Z and Roc Nation.
In relevant part, concerning the Roc Nation and Tiwa Savage deal, here is what he had to say:
“With this particular situation, Tiwa now has a new manager and for people who think she has left Mavin to Roc Nation, that is not what it is. She is still signed to Mavin records as an artist but her management is (with) Roc Nation. It is beautiful. They have used their power to open doors that we cannot open at the moment ourselves.”
“This particular deal is just a management deal for Tiwa. We are in touch with different companies including Roc Nation for distribution of Mavin in general. When it is concrete, I will come and tell you.”
“The same deal that Roc Nation gave to Tiwa is the same deal we have for Mavin with Temple. Temple management is a new management company and they have a lot of stuffs they want to do for Africa. For me to say that I am signing to a management company, then you should know something is up.”
I liked the questions Ovie and his co-host asked Don Jazzy. They were cut straight to the chase questions. I also like that Don Jazzy is conducting more interviews but I’d really like to see him work a bit more on his presentation. I feel like I have to strain my ears to clearly hear what he is trying to say. Is it just me? If so, fine. If not, I think he should work better on his presentation.
“In what is probably the most revealing and detailed Don Jazzy interview ever, the Notjustok TV crew caught up with Mavin Records CEO and Super Producer Don Jazzy in Texas while on his “The Don’s Blessings” special appearance US Tour. It’s a very special one indeed, as you get to see me – yes, Ovie – in front of the camera asking the Don key questions alongside my partner-in-crime, Renny.
In this rare and exclusive interview, Don Jazzy touches on so many important topics ranging from Tiwa Savage‘s deal with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, the now-infamous Headies brouhaha with Olamide – something he refers to as a “moment of weakness” – to the G.O.O.D Music deal, who “scattered” Mo’hits, what caused him and D’banj to go their separate ways, Tiwa Savage & Tee-Billz‘s issues, taking a break from music, possibility of putting out his own single (an album might be pushing it), and so much more.
Don Jazzy tells us when to expect albums from his “triplets” – Reekado Banks, Korede Bello, Di’Ja – or a possible follow-up to the Mavins’ collective album, Solar Plexus, and also discusses Mavin in-house Producers,BabyFresh and Altims, who have all created mad hits but aren’t getting the sort of attention they deserve.”
(Don Jazzy‘s discusses the ongoing “Afrobeat vs AfrobeatS” debate? When he’s getting married, his thoughts on African artists picking up international awards “backstage” or whether he’ll be working with D’banj again.
Update: Part 3 added 9/5/2016
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