Here’s how Don Jazzy met Wande Coal and signed him up.
Wande Coal is a super talented artist who is recognized in Africa as one of the best in music. After hitting the limelight as part of the defunct Mo’Hits records, he has since been in and out of Mavin Records and currently runs his Black Diamond Entertainment,
But it all started from one point. Of all the back-stories about Mo’Hits, D’banj, Don Jazzy and the crew, there’s one that has never been truly told, until now. Veteran Nigerian musician, Konga, has come through with the origin of Wande Coal as we know him. According to the singer, he set the ball rolling for Don Jazzy, D’banj and Wande Coal, by introducing the young talent to the label founders.
You remember Konga, the Nigerian artist who scored the hit record ‘Baby Konga’, and once upon a time, dominated the Nigerian music industry. According to the him, at the height of his fame, he discovered Wande Coal and instead of keeping all of that talent for himself, decided to share with Don Jazzy and D’banj who had just returned from the UK, and were searching for talents to sign up.
“I thank God Almighty for using me as an instrument towards Wande Coal’s success,” Konga tells Goldmyne TV in the video below. According to the singer, at the height of the record ‘Baby Konga’, which was a mega hit in Nigeria, he gave performances at numerous events. D’banj and Don Jazzy who had just returned from London and released ‘Tongolo’, were also performing in the Lagos concert circles.
One day, while Konga had a performance, he met a young and struggling Wande Coal, who approached him for help with his career. And at that moment Konga became conflicted.
“I said come, let me see what I can do for you. Follow me,” Konga told Wande.
He continued: “Two things were on my mind. It was either I take Wande Coal as my backup artist and help him achieve his goals, or I can give him to D’banj and Don Jazzy who needed a backup artist. I didn’t need a backup artist, but I didn’t want to keep him for myself.
“That would have been too selfish of me. Wande Coal would shine more with D’banj and the Mo’Hits All-Stars.”
Turns out Konga did the unselfish thing. He took Wande Coal by the hand, and took him backstage to D’banj and Don Jazzy who were waiting to perform at the concert. There he made the introduction. “I did what God asked me to do; give it to them let the boy shine. God just talked to me,” he said.
Konga told Don Jazzy and D’banj to listen while he asked Wande Coal to sing. The young singer lustily began to croon a strange song, which would become his hit record ‘Ololufe’. After two verses, Don Jazzy’s mind was blown to bits. He gave Wande his phone number and instructed him to call him the next day. Wande made the call, and the rest is history.
But for Konga, he was abandoned. According to him, neither Don Jazzy, D’banj nor Wande Coal has shown appreciation for the connection. Jazzy and Wande turned him down when he approached them for a collaboration opportunity.
“It’s not fair,” he laments. “That’s not the way life should be. I called Wanda Coal that I want to feature him in a song, and he started acting up.”
“You should remember where I picked you from, how the whole thing started. You should use that one little grace and say ‘This Baba’…But we’ve moved on. But in case of next time, you should know that this is not how life should be.”
Chai. This life