Nigerian singer, Kelly Hansome has accused Mavin Records CEO, Michael Collins Ajereh popularly known as Don Jazzy of arresting him and his girlfriend with officials of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Recall that Don Jazzy has been on the news for a while after his bombshell interview with media personality, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu.
During the interview, Don Jazzy had shared parts of his life few people knew about.
The Mavin Records CEO had spoken about his childhood and his career.
The interview had been shared on Instagram and Kelly Hansome took to the comments section to make strong allegations.
According to the singer, Don Jazzy arrested him alongside his girlfriend with SARS and they were transferred from Kano and Abuja in handcuffs.
Kelly hansome wrote; “Did he also state why he and his girlfriend arrested me with SARS and moved me from Kano to Abuja in handcuffs? No, he won’t say that part, but it happened. Did he say why he sent his dogs to intimidate me and @rexidaminabo? No. Thank God Festus Keyamo is still alive today.”
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Don Jazzy is however yet to react to the allegations.
As earlier stated, during the interview with Ebuka, Don Jazzy opened up on his early life.
The music producer who also doubles as a singer recounted his early outset in music with a gospel group at FGC Ijanikin, where he had his senior secondary education.
Don Jazzy explained that even though he was brilliant, any other thing asides music was not “entering” his head.
He said, “My parents divided us into two. Two went to FGC Ijanikin and two others went to Kings College. They used to report me for skipping classes. My dad would ask where I was and he would be told, ‘the music hall’. He already knew music was where I was going. Any other thing was not entering, even as I was a brilliant kid.
“When I started failing in SS2, I did it on purpose. I was doing it to join some bad gangs. Osi Asika and I were in a music group called Ministration Voices, a gospel band. We were seven. We used to sing and write songs. I backslid towards the ending of SS2 because I wanted to join some other guys who were into some other form of music.
“And for protection from rich kids. I became friends with the strongest guy, Niyi Adelusi. My colleagues and I used to bet over the first to submit during tests. It was like I was hit with voodoo, especially in WAEC. I would just submit. My parents started to beat me. During my SS3 mock, I came back home with a faked result, where I didn’t do well.
He explained how his father had visited his school and his sister had told him Don Jazzy’s original result which was “very disgraceful to the family.”
“My dad visited my sister in school and they had posted the real results. She told him I had disgraced the family. ‘4P, 4F, 1C’. It had traumatized her so much that she crammed it in her head. The C was in Igbo or Yoruba. My dad was pissed. I had to make up with my knowledge of computers, which made up for my stupidity alongside music.”
The record label boss however stated that he re-took GCE and got a six-month job as a computer operator to make up for his shortcomings.
He would later move to London to join his uncle and secure an educational transfer — a move he noted later failed.
The 38-year-old record executive, however, added that it was this moment that became pivotal to his music pursuit.
“The impression became that I was a computer geek. We did flyers, CVs, typing. It was a business centre. I did that for six months. Internet was just starting at the time so I was opening emails. I retook GCE. I later moved to London to join my uncle. This was to see if there was a school I could transfer to. I tried to go to school,” he noted.
“I went to Sixth Form. It wasn’t working. I met D’banj after a while. I played in churches and taught children to play piano, drum, guitar. I was introduced to those who played for Jide Chord, a juju singer. That was where I met Soji Solek. I started programming beats on the keyboard. The churches were paying 150 to 250 pounds.
“During the week, I did different other jobs that we did in London. McDonald, security jobs, parking. There was this day when racist children stoned me. They threw eggs just because I was black, I returned stained white. That was when I quit after working that job for two months. At McDonald’s, I was paid 450 per hour.”