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Don Jazzy: The Voice of the Nigerian Music Industry?

Posted by Jim Donnett on October 15, 2014 in Editorial · 31 Comments


Trust me, there’s a million and one things that can go right when you have Don Jazzy doing background vocals or even a solo freestyle on your track. Agreed, he’s not vocally skilled like Banky W, Praiz or Oritse Femi even but there’s a special something about his baritone tenor heavily dotted with cultural influences over it. Don Jazzy has a way of shaking things up and spicing ’em with his voice. It is special, for him at least. To some others (me), there’s this awkwardly mesmerizing effect that it comes with. The sound of his voice on a track is hitherto like the song’s reawakening. It is magical. And not forgetting that it is always accompanied by the midas touch of his only boastful technical know how – the music production.

I can recall Don Jazzy’s singing as far back as the a-days of the Mo’hits crew. Not only was he guy man D’Banj’s confam producer, he also doubled as background vocalist. On Tongolo, which officially announced D’Banj’s star sign, Don Jazzy got a series of backlashes from music sweethearts and comedians especially who relished opportunities to take him down over his cry baby vocals on the hook of that song. Personally, when I heard that voice I thought to myself “who is this phonie? Could he try out an art other than singing?” But no, Don baba J didn’t back down. Instead, he upped his game which necessarily didn’t include intense vocal coaching and exercising. May be he drank sparking water a lot more before lacing his ‘voice of life’ on records in the studio; perhaps he chewed bitter kola or avoided greasy meals, cold liquids, rough textured snacks like roasted corn, biscuits and snickers chocolate; might be that he cleared his throat 70 times 7 (lol!) we’ll never know for sure.

So here’s what I think. Don Jazzy took all that criticism and “hate” (like some of y’all are too quick to term it) and he fired back with better boldness, confidence and a zeal to do better in his own way little way and he’s become darn good at it. Look at Mrs Billz who clearly enjoys an enviable vocal chemistry with the doroboss; in my review of her debut album I had to cry out that there was already too much Don Jazzy on the work. Yet, those songs have remained a favourite selection off Once Upon a Time. Or is it Dr Sid’s Siduction whose voice I suddenly couldn’t tell apart Don Jazzy’s at some point? More people dismiss the effort but never overlook the Don Jazzy collabos. Now, there’s the infamous Dorobucci and Adaobi. They’re both songs that caught us off guard with the former still pulling in a breaking record of mp3 downloads and Youtube views. So you see? Not like his “sing sing” (like a friend of mine actually termed it) deserves all the credit but you gotta agree that it is paying off and wonderfully well even.

Undoubtedly, most of the songs with IDJA’s voice on it are a music collector’s item. Ikechukwu’s Now Is The Time, Wande Coal’s The Kick, Dr Sid’s smash hit single Surulere, Tiwa Savage’s Without My Heart and Eminado, including the unofficial features on Mrs Billz most recent single My Darlin, Di’Ja’s Yaro, Reekado Banks’ Chop Am and Korede Bello’s Cold Outside where he spices things with mild vocal embellishments in the form of adlibs. The best part would be that he’s not even all about the Mavin folk alone. Need I remind you about Kcee’s Pull Over Remix, DJ Xclusive’s Gal Bad, Ayo Vincent’s Serve The Lord (which I looooove by the way) and P-Square’s Collabo? Oh, there’s an Olamide offering too in the nearest future. Regardless, the smart man knows well not to launch an official music career ‘cos that just might be the beginning of the end. I think his outstanding nature lies in the fact that he has the wherewithal to being whoever he wants to but he’s chosen to be who he’s supposed to… and that right there people, defines the mind of a Mavin!

Written by Jim Donnett

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  1. Don jazzy Bad na.. Echo that.

  2. I’m not a big fan of Don Jazzy but I always love his voice on songs. His back up, adlibs and verse on songs always catch my attention..

    #The Theist

  3. Yes boss,up mavins,up don baba jay

  4. Boss na boss na but I think we can a nice business in future here is my numb.

  5. I luv dis write up by Jim… Don dorobucci is a smart business man who knows what he wants and how to get it, am a BIG FAN of his personality #SMD #Mavin

  6. Don Baba J is just blessed!!Anything he touches turns into Gold

  7. Don baba na u o

  8. Not a fan of afro pop but a very big fan of Don Baba Jay. Mehn d@ nigga’z 2 gud

  9. Dis is a great lesson for us to hv petience in life,where is danj,wande cool, n other?,wat God has bless is blessed….. don baba k ride on, u lead other fellow

    • Dbanj is busy making money, chilling wit world leaders like bill gate,last week he was wit world bank president on stage repping africa 2d fullest!!!! Whether u like it or not, he’s d biggest tin in africa music rite now…

      • Big Lie, He’s wack and so he shall remain, 2face and Psquare are the best ever from Nigeria/Africa

  10. Don jazzy correct

  11. Cool story

    • Story for the gods

  12. Wande coal is just as good and if not better than Don Jazzy. 2 face Idibia is also another name that can easily equal Don Jazzy nd surpasses him, with hits from 3 different decades up his sleeves. (90s till now) Don Jazzy’s is a pr person who understands social media and how to break music to its consumers. Check their contents

  13. D uploader of dix just funny Na Marvin Fan..Donjazzy na normal producers just like others”Dbanj don hype ham too much..Just 3hit since dbanj left after 5albums

    • Doro na boss!

    • Doro na boss!

    • lol and what has dbanj done without him?

      • I was goin 2 ask dt questn but you took it out of my mouth. I like you alrdy.

    • who is dbanj?….abeg Don J na d real boss. That voice of his tho. Seem like our own Timberland of Nigeria

  14. i jus dey see some people calling him don baba k, don dada jay… but its none of my business though

  15. don baba,luk 4ward workin wit u in d nearest future..kip d real game on.

  16. Thanks for the review 2877275E

  17. jim d .u ar onpoint. Loving your review.

  18. Don baba jah….D largest boss..umu igbo na agba mbor

  19. The boss ANONYMOUS u to current oooo I dey fill u I dey see u for naijaloaded toooo

  20. When you hear the kick, give it up for Don Jazzy.

  21. Biggest Boss indeed

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