Don Jazzy, one of Nigeria’s most prominent music producers and record label owners, has recently shed light on why he chose not to sign singers Simi and Teni to his renowned record label, Mavin Records.
In an interview, Don Jazzy expressed regret for not signing Simi and Teni, adding that he admired their work and wished he had signed them.
Don Jazzy also recalled how Simi participated in a Twitter competition and submitted a version of D’Prince and Wande Coal’s song “Journey of a Thousand Miles.”
He state that he wasn’t the one in charge of picking the winners, stressing how much he likes Simi’s talent but couldn’t pick her.
He Sa[id“I didn’t reject Simi. I did a Twitter contest for ‘Journey of A Thousand Miles’ ― D’Prince’s record featuring Wande Coal. I loved her cover. She was one of the people that participated. She didn’t win, but she was high up there.
“I didn’t pick the winners. I liked her but you can’t sign anybody. That’s one person I also regretted; I won’t say regret, but I wish we worked on stuff together”.
Regarding Teni, Don Jazzy said:
“The same thing with Teni. We used to check up on each other. I had not grown to the point that I would move you from Atlanta to Nigeria for work. Now I can and we work before deciding if we are going to sign. Before I knew what was happening, there were faster people. She released records and I was like, ‘okay, we lost that one”