Mavin Records

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Mavin Records
Mavin Records logo.jpg
Founded2012; 7 years ago (2012)
FounderMichael Collins Ajereh
StatusActive
GenreVarious
Country of originNigeria
Official websitewww.mavinrecords.com

Mavin Records (also known as the Supreme Mavin Dynasty)[1] is a Nigerian record label founded by record producer and recording artist Don Jazzy on May 8, 2012. The label's inception came to fruition following the closure of Mo' Hits Records, a record label owned by the aforementioned producer and D'banj.[2] The label is home to recording artists such as Tiwa Savage, Korede Bello, Dr SID, D'Prince, Di'Ja, Johnny Drille, Poe, and DNA Twins. The label also houses a roster of producers such as Jazzy himself, Altims and Baby Fresh.[3] In 2014, DJ Big N became the label's official disc jockey.[4] Wande Coal was formerly signed to the label.[5] On May 8, 2012, the label released its compilation album Solar Plexus.[6] In January 2019, Mavin Records secured a multi-million dollar investment from Kupanda Holdings, a subsidiary of Kupanda Capital and TPG Growth.[7]

History[edit]

Mavin's genesis, signings, website launch, endorsements, and musical releases[edit]

Mavin Records started as a result of D'banj's departure from Mo Hits. Prior to commenting on D'banj's exit from Mo' Hits, there were allegations that D'banj signed over Mo' Hits to Don Jazzy.[8] In an interview with Sunday Punch, Don Jazzy addressed D'banj's departure from Mo Hits, saying, "We were working together and all was going on well. It got to a point where I looked at the situation and we both decided that it was not working and we had to move on". Don Jazzy alluded to being hesitant of a name change.[9] According to BellaNaija, the term "Mavin" describes someone who is gifted and skilled in any field.[10] Upon establishing the rebranded record label, Don Jazzy said he sees Mavin Records being the power house of Music in Africa in the shortest possible time.[10] After re-branding Mo' Hits to Mavin, Don Jazzy signed Nigerian singer Tiwa Savage. Pulse Nigeria reported that Don Jazzy admires the singer's work ethic and drive.[11] Pulse Nigeria also reported that Mavin Records signed producers Aluko "Altims" Timothy and Sunday "BabyFresh" Enejere to the label.[12]

On May 7, 2012, the record label launched its official website and introduced their fans to the Mavin league, a social networking site designed to cater to their fans worldwide.[13][14] Don Jazzy signed endorsement deals with Samsung and Loya Milk after establishing the label; Tiwa Savage also signed an endorsement deal with Pepsi. Within a year of becoming a revamped brand, The Mavins released "Take Banana" and "Oma Ga" as singles from their debut compilation album Solar Plexus.[15][16] In February 2014, Don Jazzy signed Di'Ja, Reekado Banks and Korede Bello to Mavin Records a week after each other.[17] On May 1, 2014, The Mavins released their hit single "Dorobucci" to critical acclaim.[18] On February 25, 2015, Don Jazzy and Tiwa Savage both signed endorsement deals with Konga.com.[15] On October 31, 2016, several media outlets in Nigeria reported that Iyanya signed a record deal with Mavin Records. Both Iyanya and Don Jazzy confirmed the report via Instagram.[19] On February 28, 2017, Don Jazzy announced the signings of Johnny Drille, Poe and the DNA Twins to Mavin Records.[20]

Departures[edit]

Wande Coal and IP theft controversy[edit]

Reports about Wande Coal's departure surfaced after he released and promoted the single "Kilaju" without the support of Mavin Records.[21] On November 5, 2013, Wande Coal released a song titled "Baby Face" and gave production credits to Shizzi. Subsequently, Don Jazzy went on Twitter and accused Wande Coal of intellectual property theft.[22] Moreover, he uploaded a studio demo of "Baby Face" which was supposedly recorded the previous year. Wande Coal tweeted several times, debunking Jazzy's allegations.[22] In addition, Coal tweeted a link to the "original" studio version of the song.[22] Entertainment lawyer Demilade Olaosun spoke to Premium Times newspaper about intellectual property (IP). He said the song is a property of Mavin Records since it was produced, arranged and voiced by an official of the label.[22] The lawyer also stated that since Coal's recording contract was not made available to the public, speculations cannot be made about the IP of the recording sound.[22] On November 7, 2013, Mavin Records sent out a press release officially announcing the departure of Wande Coal. The press release came shortly after the Twitter feud between Don Jazzy and Wande Coal.[22]

Iyanya and Reekado Banks[edit]

In a radio interview with Beat FM in February 2018, Iyanya announced his exit from Mavin Records, saying, "I’m now signed to Temple Music but I’m a Mavin for life. It was not a beef. I was there and it was time to move on".[23] In December 2018, Reekado Banks announced his departure from Mavin Records via Instagram.[24]

Accolades[edit]

Mavin Records was nominated for Best Record Label of the Year at the 2013 City People Entertainment Awards.[25] The label won the aforementioned category at the 2014 City People Entertainment Awards.[26]

Year Awards ceremony Award description(s) Results
2014 City People Entertainment Awards Best Record Label of the Year Won
2013 Nominated

Artists[edit]

Current acts[edit]

Act Year
signed
Releases
under the
label
Dr SID 2012 1
Tiwa Savage 3
D'Prince 1
Di'Ja 2014 1
Korede Bello 1
Johnny Drille 2017
Poe
DNA Twins

Former acts[edit]

Act Year
signed
Year
left
Releases
under the
label
Wande Coal 2012 2013
Iyanya 2016 2017 1
Reekado Banks 2014 2018 1

Producers[edit]

Current producers[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Artist Album Details
The Mavins Solar Plexus
  • Released: May 8, 2012
  • Chart Position: —
  • Certification: —
D'Prince Frenzy
  • Released: November 5, 2012
  • Chart Position: —
  • Certification: —
Tiwa Savage Once Upon a Time
  • Released: July 3, 2013
  • Chart Position: —
  • Certification: —
Dr SID Siduction
  • Released: December 20, 2013[27]
  • Chart Position: —
  • Certification: —
Tiwa Savage R.E.D
  • Released: December 19, 2015
  • Chart Position: —
  • Certification: —
Reekado Banks Spotlight Released: September 1, 2016
  • Chart Position: 10 (Billboard's World Album chart)
  • Certification: —
Korede Bello Belloved Released: March 11, 2017
  • Chart Position: —
  • Certification: —
Iyanya Signature (EP) Released: March 28, 2017
  • Chart Position: —
  • Certification: —
Tiwa Savage Sugarcane (EP) Released: September 22, 2017
  • Chart Position: —
  • Certification: —
Di'Ja Aphrodija (EP) Released: December 15, 2017
  • Chart Position: —
  • Certification: —

Singles[edit]

List of singles released by artists signed to Mavin Records
Artist Title Year Album Release date
D'Prince "Take Banana" 2012 Solar Plexus N/A
Tiwa Savage "Omo Ga"
D'Prince "Take Banana (Remix)" Frenzy October 31, 2012
"Real G"
(featuring M.I)
"Goody Bag"
"Call Police"
Wande Coal "The Kick"
(featuring Don Jazzy)
2013 N/A January 23, 2014
Wande Coal "Rotate" N/A April 26, 2013
Dr SID "Lady Don Dada" Siduction May 2, 2013
"Love Mine" May 5, 2013
D'Prince "Birthday" N/A May 6, 2013
Dr SID "Talented" Siduction May 12, 2013
"Baby Tornado" August 21, 2013
Tiwa Savage "Eminado" Once Upon a Time October 8, 2013
Dr SID "Surulere" Siduction November 13, 2013
D'Prince "Gentlemen"
(featuring Davido and Don Jazzy)
2014 N/A January 27, 2014
Di'Ja "Yaro" February 14, 2014
Reekado Banks "Turn It Up"
(featuring Tiwa Savage)
February 21, 2014
Korede Bello "African Princess" February 28, 2014
D’Prince "Ojoro Cancel"
(featuring Wizkid)
March 7, 2014
The Mavins "Dorobucci"
(featuring Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage, Dr SID, D’Prince, Reekado Banks, Korede Bello and Di’Ja)
May 1, 2014
Dr SID and Don Jazzy "Highlife Dorobucci" May 2, 2014
The Mavins "Adaobi"
(Reekado Banks, Korede Bello and Di’Ja featuring Don Jazzy)
May 27, 2014
Di'Ja "Yaro Remix"
(featuring Ice Prince)
July 29, 2014
Reekado Banks "Chop Am" August 8, 2014
Korede Bello "Cold Outside" August 15, 2014
D'Prince "Oyo" September 5, 2014
The Mavins "Arise"
(featuring Don Jazzy, Reekado Banks and Di’Ja)
September 20, 2014
Tiwa Savage "My Darlin" October 8, 2014
The Mavins "Looku Looku" October 31, 2014
Di'Ja "Awww" December 12, 2014
D'Prince "Oga Titus" December 23, 2014
Korede Bello "Jingle Bell" December 25, 2014
"Godwin" 2015 January 28, 2015
Reekado Banks "Katapot" February 14, 2015
D'Prince "Nonso"
(featuring Reekado Banks)
March 16, 2015
Godywn [A] "Promise"
(featuring Di’Ja)
March 27, 2015
Dr SID "Chop Ogbono" (Remix)
(featuring Olamide)
May 5, 2015
Di'Ja "Amen" June 29, 2015
Reekado Banks "Corner" July 9, 2015
"Sugar Baby" July 10, 2015
"Tomorrow" July 11, 2015
Dr SID "Kabiyesi" August 6, 2015
D'Prince "Kwolity" August 21, 2015
Korede Bello "Somebody Great"
(featuring Aṣa)
September 29, 2016
Di'Ja "Falling For You"
(featuring Patoranking)
October 2, 2015
D'Prince "Bestie"
(featuring Don Jazzy and Baby Fresh)
November 16, 2015
"Tarity"
(featuring Phyno)
November 25, 2015
Tiwa Savage "Standing Ovation"
(featuring Olamide)
2016 R.E.D January 14, 2016
Reekado Banks "Oluwa Ni" N/A January 15, 2016
Di'Ja "Take Kiss"
(featuring Baby Fresh)
January 25, 2016
Tiwa Savage "Bad"
(featuring Wizkid)
R.E.D March 22, 2016
DJ Big N "Erima"
(featuring Dr SID and Wizkid)
N/A March 26, 2016
Reekado Banks "Machinery" (Dice Ailes Cover) April 7, 2016
Johnny Drille "Romeo & Juliet" 2017 July 14, 2017
"Awa Love" 2018 February 9, 2018
"Halleluya"
(featuring Simi)
July 23, 2018

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Although Godywn worked with Don Jazzy and Di'Ja, he isn't signed to Mavin Records.[28]

References[edit]

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  6. ^ "Solar Plexus by Various Artists". iTunes. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  7. ^ Ingram, Tim (30 January 2019). "NIGERIA'S MAVIN RECORDS SECURES MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT FROM KUPANDA HOLDINGS". Music Business Worldwide. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
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  17. ^
  18. ^ "Dorobucci (feat. Don Jazzy, Dr. Sid, Tiwa Savage, Reekado Banks, Di'Ja, Korede Bello & D'Prince) - Single". iTunes. 1 May 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  19. ^ "Iyanya dumps label for Mavin". Vanguard. 31 October 2016. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
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  28. ^ "MAVIN RECORDS PRESENT: GodWyn Ft. Di'Ja – Promise". 360nobs. Retrieved 18 April 2015.

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