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SHOTS FIRED: “I’m My Own Manager, I Have My Own Label Called Mo’ Hits!” – D’BANJ To Ebony Magazine

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Well dazammmm!

So according to news reports, after 9 years of entertaining their fans worldwide, Nigeria’s  most celebrated entertainer Michael Collins aka Don Jazzy, Chief Executive of Mo’Hit records and his partner Dapo ‘D’banj‘ Oyebanjo, the number one artist on the label, have parted ways.

Several reports, including The Vanguard, say Don Jazzy and D’banj’s relationship has gone south, with possibility of the acclaimed producer, Don Jazzy launching another label, which will see him have full authority and sole ownership. *say it ain’t so!!*

So apparently “the lack of a business structure” at Mo’Hit factory made the company the butt of jokes especially in the international music community. Everything seemed to revolve around D’Banj alone….

What could have been a huge African music empire seems to be on the brink of destruction….so we waiting for public statement the two. *le sigh*


D’Banj’s recent interview with Ebony Magazine adds fuel to fire….

How will you break into America’s entertainment scene?

D’BANJ: I’m bringing my culture, my music and preaching the gospel. We’ve been learning from America’s Hollywood scene and other areas in Africa because our continent is developing. We look up to the way you’ve built your industry and we try to do ours in the best that we know. It’s so good to see that Americans appreciate my music so that’s what I’m bringing, just original Africa.

How did you join Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label?

D’BANJ: I had a concert in Dubai and when we pulled up to the airport’s first class lounge and a hostess ran up to me with a plaque with Kanye’s face on it, asking me to sign it. I said ‘I’m not Kanye West, I’m D’banj but Kanye West is coming? All eyes open.’ Then my manager spoke to Kanye, came back and told me ‘He’ll give you five minutes.’ I walked over — as an African man I’m always prepared — and I played my music ‘Stand Out,’ ‘Fall In Love’ and ‘Scapegoat’ for him on my iPod. Before we knew it, I’d almost missed my flight and he invited me to New York.

Coming from Africa I’m my own manager, I have my own label called Mo’ Hits with my artists Dr. Sid, Wande Coal, Don Jazzy, D’Prince and K-Switch. [*What?!?! What the what?!?*] I own Mo’ Hits and we’ve won numerous awards by the grace of God. Being with Kanye for the last eight months and me leading a successful label in Africa, I’ve learned a lot and I believe people will see what we’re going to do. I signed with Kanye in June and that same month I won the BET Award for Best International Act. My New York concert isn’t done by G.O.O.D. Music, it’s done by Live Nation, meaning I’m already a moving machine. So who better to introduce me to the global world than Kanye West, a crazy genius?

What is your chemistry like in the studio with West?

D’BANJ: Kanye doesn’t try to change you. He has great ears and great people working with him. I learned the way people do music in America is different, number one, the budget. You don’t have to rush a song, you can take your time. I was glad because I have a studio in my home but I thought I was doing too much. I’ve been working with everyone else on G.O.O.D. Music too and John Legend and I worked together in London recently. It’s been great experience, I just beg people to listen with an open mind.

I tweeted:

“I own Mohits. Don Jazzy is my artist” D’banj to Ebony Magazine. We are still in the 1stQuarter! Going to be an interesting year…

*Grabs popcorn!*


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