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Yesterday I had a 3hr argument with two of my friends over the rumored separation of d’banj and don jazzy. (wait it’s not like we are bored or something and don’t have anything to do with our lives… in fact the other day, we went bird watching… yes I said it… bird watching… we like to observe birds as they migrate… and their migration patterns… ok so whatever… we go to KFC a lot… leave us alone) in fact I always avoid arguments, cos of the way I feel after having one, time waste.
But after the long course of this disagreement with my friends, I realized that like most comments I’ve read on the net from people, my friends don’t understand how the music business goes, so I decided to write on this.
Well before I continue this write up, lemme state that I have read articles and done little research on this same issue, and I’ve given it a rational and free minded approach, and this note will be as brief as straight to the point as Neyo’s hairline.
For the past few days, all I see on my twitter timeline is all about d’banj and don Jazzy parting ways, and how the koko master will lose his market in the music industry if truly he and don baba J ended their partnership.
Before I address the “losing his market” phrase, let me state that d’banj and Don Jazzy parting ways , is not confirmed yet, and Even if it ends up being true, let’s understand that these things happen all the time in the entertainment industry, its nothing new, and we shouldn’t start taking sides on whose fault it is or not already and get all emotional about it. After all they were both signed on to Kanye west’s GOOD music.
“D’banj won’t lose any market, at all” yes, instead he’ll grow bigger now, and that’s the truth. Need I remind u that this is business, how many of us Nigerians buy these original cd’s? Have u forgotten the word “piracy” so soon? Has it stopped? I bet we know the answers.
Just because he signed to an American label with the likes of john legend, Common sense, Big Sean, kid cudi etc doesn’t imply that he’ll change his genre or style of music, no. It’s more like he’s taking African music to the biggest market in the world and he stands a better chance of getting nominated or winning Grammys now. For example Femi kuti is one of the most successful Nigerian acts, who has been nominated for a Grammy three times and he’s been in record labels with other international artists of totally different genre.
now ask yourself how many Nigerians buy Femi’s albums, but he keeps selling worldwide and he’s internationally known. Same applies to Sade and Seal, who r Grammy award winners.
The true lovers of music would understand this bold and professional step d’banj took, it’s not just about Nigeria and Africa for him anymore, the world is involved now, he is an entertainer, he’s going to sell out tours now and rise to international success and stardom .
He may have a contract with GOOD music now, but that doesn’t mean he’s no longer with don jazzy and the rest of the mo’hit crew too. So please and please, let’s not separate this two talented and blessed professionals with our thoughts and mouths, because this as it is a time of trial for them, it is also an elevation.