Jimmy Jatt is not just one of Nigeria’s topflight music enthusiasts and ward winning disc Jockey of international repute, the bespectacled music producer is worth more than qualified as a music critic based on his impressive track records in the industry. The highly respected disc jockey has reacted to the Don Jazzy, Olamide Headies brouhaha that has been the subject of controversy since yesterday, January 1st, 2016. Although, the needle groovier did not specifically dabble on the face-off between Don Jazzy and Olamide, he however aired his candid opinion on what he thinks might have gone wrong as regards the organisation of the much talked about awards’ project, The Headies.
In an open letter to music fans and organizers of the Headies, DJ Jimmy accused the organizers of the show, Hip TV and Ayo Animasaun of placing money over integrity in handing out awards.
Below is DJ Jimmy Jatt’s open letter:
“When I wrote my first open letter to Headies on December 29, 2013, the majority opinions I got was that I was correct while others felt I was just an “Attention seeker”. Headies as an award should be credible and not just over hyped. We have hundreds of award shows every year in Nigeria and they are not as controversial as this one. Headies as an award is still not appreciating certain artistes, producers, entertainers and DJs who work 24/7 to make sure they bring out the best. They give us the impression that once you are not nominated or you do not win, you have not started your career. This is a BIG LIE. Over the years, Ayo Animasaun and HipTV family have proven that it is Money over Integrity and that is why he always ignore the choices of majority of Nigerians or could it be that they innocently don’t even know what they are doing?
I am not here to analyse the faults of Headies in full but you can read the other complaints on twitter with the hashtag #TheHeadies2015.
Firstly, I noticed your hall was half empty. Your live broadcast that you always brag about had the picture quality of NTA Channel 10 and your technical crew were going offline every time things became awkward and they immediately have to switch to “lyrics on the go” to cover up your shame. I watched BET African awards live and MTV and I can see a very huge difference in all aspects. You still have a lot to learn. Another disturbing fact is that Headies as an award is creating bad blood among colleagues in the Nigerian music scene. Headies is the reason why we have not seen collaborations among certain musicians. Tell me why Phyno, Davido, Falz, Solidstar and many other music producers and artistes who have been topping charts this year were not recognized?
Now Of all the categories, this is the only one worth arguing over. Even though this is not a voting category, I stand by million of Nigerians to say that Lil Kesh or Kiss Daniel deserve the award. What are the reasons? Lil Kesh has more hit tracks, Swag, Stage performance, Composure and in the long run Lil Kesh may last longer for years to come. Infact, I will rather invest N10m on Lil Kesh career than Reekado’s. That is not to say Reekado is not hardworking or he does not have the talent but Lil Kesh has that special something. Infact Reekado still does not have any Hit track to date. Yes !!!!! I say that with all sense of authority. Songs like Corner, Sugar baby, Catapult are NOT hit tracks, they are just popular and they could have gone National but they are NOT hit tracks. Don’t confuse a popular song with a Hit track. Let me explain, As a DJ if I don’t play “Gbese” “Efejoku” “Shoki” “Reggae Blues” “Woju” “Laye” “Godwin” at any party, I will have loads of people coming to request for them but people don’t disturb me if I do not play Reekado Bank’s songs. Do you get the point? In fact another proof Reekado still does not own a hit track is that an average Nigerian parent who do not follow music still knows songs like “Woju” “Bobo”, “Ojuelegba” and “Efejoku”. While I was writing this, I played Reekado’s songs to the older generation and they claimed never to have heard them.
All Nigerian artistes and producers should not place their hope on the Headies which should now be referred to as “The Leggings”. Do not say your being not recognized means you are not trying, keep doing what you are doing and let the Headies keep on doing what they are known for – NONSENSE.. !!! Do not forget to send your insults and blessing to the writer @Baddestdjimmy and tell me exactly how you feel. I also need someone to clear this please, Don Jazzy said ” The organizers told him to call Reekado to come…So he left Alibaba’s show” Does that mean he knew Reeky was going to win that category? Cynthia Morgan was absent and I am sure the organisers did not tell Jude Okoye to tell Cynthia Morgan to rush down there.”
You be the judge !!!!!