Don Jazzy: “I Regret Not Signing Teni and Simi To My Record Label”



Don Jazzy, a well known entrepreneur in the music industry, has spoken out regarding his choice to pass on signing singers Simi and Teni to his record label, Mavin Records. 

In a recent interview, Don Jazzy acknowledged Simi and Teni’s remarkable talents and stated his respect for their work, and he expressed remorse for not bringing them into the Mavin family.

The music mogul recalled Simi’s entry into a Twitter contest for a version of D’Prince and Wande Coal’s song “Journey of a Thousand Miles,” which she submitted.

He admitted that while being impressed by Simi’s abilities, he was unable to negotiate a contract with her at that time because he wasn’t in charge of choosing the winners.

“I like Simi, I didn’t sign her. I wish I did. I like Teni, but I didn’t sign her. I wish I did”, Don Jazzy said

“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”.

Similar to this, Don Jazzy disclosed that he knew Teni and that they used to communicate. But at that point, he wasn’t in a position to transport her from Atlanta to Nigeria for employment.

The music mogul acknowledged that they had missed the opportunity to collaborate but said that because of the delay, Teni had been given other options.

He 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”


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