This is a combined portion because, they very well go together, literally. – No, not that way, but you can’t mention one without the other, their success are intertwined and they carry each other to greater heights every year.
They both became a part of Kanye West’s “Good Music” earlier this year, which undoubtedly was and is the biggest thing to have happened to the Nigerian Music Industry, even i could not front about what this would mean and I am not a huge fan of either of them. Dbanj of course did the remix of his popular song “Mr Endowed” with everybody’s uncle “Snoop Dogg” and Don Jazzy was a co producer on “Lift Off” the Kanye West/ Jay-Z featuring Beyonce track.
To celebrate their successes D Banj and Don Jazzy both decided to share in their wealth with give aways and competitions. There was the iPad win here in the US. There was the Oliver Twist competition which i have to say here was probably the most riveting that captured Nigeria this year, i mean people went all out and you saw that Nigerians were more creative and innovative than we give ourselves credit for. Even Dbanj and Don Jazzy participated in the fun, making their own video. There was also the Enigma competition, and the 500,000K essay competition from Don Jazzy and the 200,000K giveaway by D’banj at the University of Lagos.
D’Banj also won the BET Awards this year and was praised for his fashion sense by most of the top critics in fashion of the world with his attendance in California. Showing that hard work pays off, both he and Don Jazzy and the rest of the Mo’Hits crew took to London, for the sold out KOKO concert where Kanye West himself stopped by for a surprise appearance. That was not all for their recognition internationally of course as they were both named as one of the most powerful celebrities out of Africa by Forbes, 36 and 37 respectively.
I think what was notable was that Don Jazzy, decided to not be just behind the scenes anymore and we got to see him everywhere and hear him talk, cos if you were like me, you weren’t sure he could actually speak. There is a time for everything and Don Jazzy bidded his time well and when it was time to shine, he has done just that.He had his very first radio interview in over five years this year and even as we speak, I also just heard him on the song with Tiwa Savage.
Dbanj, of course having always been the outspoken one, was fairly more quiet this year, although that was not enough to stop the rumor mills, with talks of him dating Genevieve and him being arrested, which was totally false. What is true was his acquiring of an Aston Martin which had tongues wagging also this year, after he and Don Jazzy had already acquired Bentley’s earlier in the year.
They’ve had our attention and the worlds attention for the entire year, we will be listening and watching closely in the year 2012.