Friday, April 27, 2012

Finally Finally D'banj/Don Jazzy terminate partnership

The raging conflict between former friends and ex-owners of Mo’Hits Records Dbanj and Don Jazzy may be far from being over but a settlement has been finally sealed.
EE learnt that the agreement which was sealed and signed on April 16 will see Don Jazzy assume full ownership of Mo’Hits Records however Koko Holdings, the business franchise arm of the label will go to D’Banj. In addition, the Kokomaster will also retain full ownership of his catalogue from inception of Mo’Hits till date.
Making this disclosure was D’Banj who spoke in London for the first time with an online publication since the split became public. The G.O.O.D Music act confirmed widely held believes that the conflict between himself and his partner cum producer originated when he teamed up with American rapper and business mogul, Kanye West.
According to him, Don Jazzy was never comfortable with the international foray and called for dissolution in the partnership in July last year. The singer who expressed his disappointment at the turn of events and the publicity generated by the split disclosed that all efforts to seek amicable resolution was warded-off by his ‘friend’ and ‘brother’, Don Jazzy.
Waving a document, D’Banj told the publication “You can see, he has signed already. I have full rights to my catalogue and full ownership of my Koko Holdings, while he has full ownership of Mo’Hits, including the artistes and liabilities.”
On his current relationship with Don Jazzy and other members, he revealed “Don Jazzy is still my brother – we just had to move on. We’ll still work together in future, same with my boys. In fact, just this week, he sent me the remix to Oliver Twist that we’re releasing in the UK on May 14. All the interviews I’ve had here, I kept hyping him. It’s already in my system – you know me, I’m a one-way soldier. Jazzy is a very quiet person. Loyalty is key. My loyalty still lies in the friendship I had with him. He was cheated by JJC, and I was present. I swore never to cheat him. But I’d like to think our visions became different.
Explaining his new recording deal, D’Banj revealed that it is partnership between his label, GOOD Music and Island Def Jam. While the self-funded album will be released in America under GOOD Music/Island Def Jam however in UK, it will be released under the imprint of Mercury Records. As for the African release, the forthcoming album will usher in the take-off Universal/ Def Jam which will kick-start a series of corporate endorsed launch beginning in Ghana with Vodafone and Nigeria with MTN. Universal/ Def Jam’s launch in African which will place D’Banj in a key position is also expected to make in-road to Kenya, South Africa and North Africa.

-Courtesy Entertainment Express

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