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Open Letter to Don Jazzy

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Dear Don Jazzy,

“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.” – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

This is the most striking of my Google search results on quotes about legacy. However, it does not accurately capture my perception of you – it places emphasis on post-humous legacy, while I intend to celebrate you as a living legend.

Don Jazzy, each time I look at you, I think about legacy – your legacy. I look at your achievements – particularly in the Entertainment field – and my mind goes: “how can one man be so intelligent and so full of ideas?”

Mo’Hits was a genius set-up – the different member-characters, the diversity of talents, the winning business approach and the overall team-play. The success of the group was pivotal in the rapid evolution of the Nigerian – and African – music scene.

The flight of Mavin Records proved that Mo’Hits was no fluke, and that you are indeed a mastermind. To think that it is the springboard upon which the careers of artistes like Tiwa Savage and Reekado Banks rose, is to realise the potency of the Don Jazzy formula.

As a music producer, you have always been a leading figure, creating futuristic Afrobeats sounds that became instant classics – except that these days we no longer get to hear Don Jazzy-produced music. The bubbly beat of “Critical” still stands out for me.

You are a great and whenever I look at the Afrobeats music field, I always see the trees you planted and the flowers that you watered (and those you are still watering). Thank you for the great time. Like Oliver Twist, I want more. Lol!