Mo’Hits to Mavins – A Journey of Musical Greatness
Mo’hits was one of Nigeria’s most favourite record labels whose painful split shattered the hearts of many.
The label comprised of the production Mavin, Don Jazzy; The Entertainer, D’Banj; Vocal Powerhouse, Wande Coal as well as Dr. Sid, K-Switch, Ikechukwu, and D’Prince, went on a painful split in 2012 over several internal disagreements.
Don Jazzy confirmed Dbanj’s exit from the label on his Twitter account citing a difference in interests as reasons.
Don Jazzy went on to establish another record label known as Mavin.
Mavins record is home to top music acts like Dr. Sid, Ladipoe, D’Prince, Rema, and Crayon.
After their messy separation, Mo’Hits artistes performed together for the first time on December 27, 2017 at Davido’s ’30Billion Concert’.
Davido, whose concert trended on Twitter, said it took him two months of effort to bring the moment to fruition.
Mo’Hits records was founded in musicians Dbanj and Don Jazzy in 2004. The label’s first signing was Dbanj who at that time was an up and coming singer who was known for his various slangs. In fact, he will come to be known as the Kokomaster.
In no time, the duo of Don Jazzy and Dbanj became household names with Dbanj as the face of the label and Don Jazzy as the genius behind the hits. Anytime they appeared together, Don Jazzy rarely spoke. Their entry into the industry was seen as a breath of fresh air by many.
First Wande Coal was signed, then Don Jazzy’s younger brother D’Prince, Dr Sid and Dbanj’s kid brother K.Switch. Ikechukwu was also on their books at some point.
Mo’ Hits is said to have made over N1billion during their heyday. This was reportedly revealed by Dbanj himself. As many celebrated Dbanj and Don Jazzy, rumours began to go around that all was not well with the team. However, it was when American producer Kanye West came into the picture that things became ugly.
While this move by both Dbanj and Don Jazzy was considered a win by everyone in Nigeria, Don Jazzy was reportedly not happy with the deal. For him, moving to America and ‘abandoning’ their work in Nigeria wasn’t ideal.
But Dbanj was ready to conquer the world. He explained the whole thing in an interview with Olisa Adibua.
In the end, Don Jazzy went on to create Mavin records while Dbanj established DB records. Thus ending a truly remarkable era in the Nigerian music industry.