The Future Awards Africa Winners Spotlight: Jesse Jagz (Producer of the year, 2010)

by SK Johnson

Many may not know this but Jesse Jagz’s initial foray into music involved a group named Gospel Insanity, with whom he recorded his first album. The album, was however, never released, due to a between the members. Monsieur Jagz then went on to form another group, the Jos-based Eleven Thirty, or El-Tophelli. The Taraba native, brother of whom, by the way, is rapper MI, was first exposed to music in the church, where his father was a Reverend and his mother sang. He later became a drummer with House on the Rock church in Jos Plateau State.

In 2004, he started Inner Hub Studios with his brother MI, and in 2006 tested the solo career waters with his song, Africa. He went on to release more music between 2006 and 2007, including Nobody Test Me, The Greatest, Sugar Cane Baby, Bend Down Low, and My Brother, which was selected as part of the 2008 compilation, International Music Entrepreneur of the Year.

Jagz, who has produced music for a myriad of artists (including, but not limited to;MI, Banky W, Ice Prince, Sasha, 2 Shotz, Kel, Majek Fashek, Djinee, Shank, and Faze) was in February 2009 selected to represent Nigeria at the 2009 edition of the Sauti Za Busara Music Festival.

He released his debut album, Jag Of All Tradez, in 2010, featuring hit singles like Wetin Dey, Nobody Test Me, and Pump It Up, the song for which his debut video was released.

He parted ways with record label Chocolate City in the early months of 2013, launching his own imprint Jagz Nation, under which his album Jagz Nation Vol 1; Thy Nation Come was released. The album featured the singles Murder Dem and Redemption.

In August 2013, he released the track Third World War, featuring Femi Kuti, a song recorded for Nollywood movie, Heaven’s Hell.

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