by Lekan Olanrewaju
In a new twist to the saga of sorts that’s been playing out for the past few weeks, the Nigerian music industry’s worst kept secret has received confirmation; or so it would seem.
By now we’re probably all aware of the rumours of a split between top music duo, Don Jazzy and D’Banj. From the stories about Don Jazzy moving out of their Lekki mansion due to impatience with D’Banj’s attitude, to the confirmation by reps that they were still together and the tales were false.
And who can forget D’Banj’s “I own Mo’ Hits” statement during his Ebony interview where he infamously declared “Don Jazzy is my artist”. That interview was quickly amended, with the original statement being changed to “I co-own Mo’ Hits” but it would seem all that is of no consequence at this point.
In a series of cryptic and not so cryptic tweets, the producer finally breaks his silence on the issue and announces what he calls “the end of an era”
He confirms that “some of the rumours” that have been flying around are true, albeit without specifying exactly what rumours.
Good day friends. So sorry i have been away for long as i have been going through some changes in my life.
It is with a heavy heart that i announce the end of a long Era and the beginning of a new One
Some of the Rumours U have all heard recently re sad but true.
The way forward now is to make sure i keep bringing you guys more of the beautiful music y’all love to dance to.
And to end d old era i will b donating d proceeds of my production catalogue from day 1 till date to 5 charity organizations. Thanks. IDJA
As with any split of this manner, sides are already being taken, with the overwhelming majority (judging by twitter at least) proclaiming undying solidarity with the producer (which some say is simply due to his distribution of “credit”) and condemning D’Banj as the one whose “head got too big”.
What say you, though? We may be grasping at straws here but a split, or rather, what split, isn’t explicitly mentioned. Plus, what kind of break-up with D’Banj would require Don Jazzy to give up proceeds of his production catalogue?And to that list of questions we can add “what will happen to the GOOD music deal now and what role did it play in whatever is going on?”
We’re sure we wouldn’t be the only ones to jump at an opportunity to have a peek at that contract.