By Ogbonna Amadi Entertainment Editor
The most celebrated and successful musical marriage in the history of Nigeria’s entertainment ended on a sour note during the week with the separation of multi-awards winning musician, D’Banj and his producer/partner Don Jazzy.
Although details of the love gone sour affair between the two who were also co-owners of Mo’Hit Records remained hazy, indication that all was not well with the duo, was dropped by their close associates
The record label’s manager and promoter, Mr. Sunday Are, who claimed ignorance of the development, said: “ I have just arrived from Ghana where I took one of my artistes, Omawunmi, on playing tour. I will get back to you as soon as I settle down and I am in touch with the duo.”
A source close to Mo’Hits records told Vanguard, that not only was the story true but its also unfortunate.
“It is unfortunate that this kind of thing should happen when success is knocking on the door for these two guys. How can one explain this? Its simply unexplainable”, our source lamented.
But an obviously sad rap artiste, M.I., who also spoke to our reporter said: “I hope its not true. It will be very sad if it happens. These two are very generous people who have helped many up coming musicians (like me for instance) to find their feet. They have also helped to reposition the entertainment industry. One cannot over look the contribution these two have made to the Nigerian entertainment industry. It will be too sad if what you are saying is true.”
What ever it is worth, the development may grossly affect the Nigerian entertainment industry which peaked when the duo got signed by Kanye West’s GOOD music in an all-time recording breaking deal worth $3million.
The news of the separation is not only shocking but totally unexpected. The topic has become the most discussed on the internet.
In fact, close friends of the duo told Vanguard: “It’s gone so bad that Don jazzy, who had remained largely in the background leaving the lime light to D’Banj, may have moved out of their Lekki mansion for undisclosed reasons.
What could have led to bad blood between these two friends who had weathered storms to come this far?
One of the reasons advanced for the separation, according to Mo’Hit sources, may be the Kanye West deal which observers believe favoured Jazzy more than D’Banj, a move that didn’t go down well with the Koko master.
Another reason may not be unconnected with Don Jazzy’s negative reaction on the internet over D’Banj’s relationship with President Goodluck Jonathan.
Don Jazzy had tweeted on on Twitter, the internet social network blasting President Jonathan for his insensitivity to the plight of Nigerian with his removal of fuel subsidy.
This our source said may have infuriated D’Banj who was also lampooned by a cross section of the music industry practitioners for selling out to the presidency.
“D’Banj believes that Don Jazzy ought to have been there for him, but was dis appointed that his friend should join his foes to castigate him ” a concerned friend revealed.