To wrap up, the September Special Edition of Celebrity of the Week , where we celebrated DJ’s who’ve made a mark in the industry.
This last edition features a Legend,DJ, producer, songwriter and artiste,who has made his mark for the past 26 years in the entertainment industry, never giving up his hope and beleive in hip hop despite the odds. He is no other than the Legendary DJ Jimmy Jatt.
OluwaforiJimi Adewale Amu was born on 15th October in Lagos into a polygamous home with 10 siblings. Hails from Ijebu Ode , Ogun State, a Yoruba boy indeed.
He attended Ireti Primary School, where his mum, Mrs Oluremi Amu, used to teach; was also attended at a time by children of Nigeria’s former head of State,General Murtala Muhammed.
He had his childhood all around music from blues, soul, jazz and indigenous genres like juju, apala, Fuji, High, funk, r & amp; amp; amp; B, pop, disco and hip pop.
After venturing into the entertainment industry first as a Rapper. Called MasterJ and without any record label to support his hrdwork on his demos he caught the DJing Bug.
With much support from his brothers , Jimmy jatt got his own studio -JATT Studio on Odo Street and then rebranded himself as DJ JIMMY JATT. He derived that name by combining the first letters of his name, Jimmy and that of his two brothers,TundeandTayoas well as their surname – Amu.
From the early 90’s till now Jimmy Jatt is till discjokeying and doesnt seem to retire any soon.
DJ Jimmy Jatt pioneered the ROAD BLOCK street carnival which enabled upcoming hip hop artiste eo engage in lyric battles.
He didnt relent on his efforts, he visited various parts of Nigeria , showcased his skills and his name bacane a household name for DJs.
Between 1989 till 1990 , Jimmy jatt made efforts to push hip hop to the limelight in Nigera and was then noted as Africa’s number one DJ.
Your ability to read minds. Though you can’t read everybody’s mind. If you are able to read about 90% of the people’s mind it’s really a good shot for you. – Jimmy Jatt
Back in the day, his first gig earned him N1000 for a show in Eko Hotel. In 1993 , doors opened for the Legend as he started getting gigs.
In 2007 , Jimmy jatt released his debut album THE DEFINITION which was a mixtape of Nigeria’s best artists which included Legendary Tuface Idibia, mode 9 etc.
He has headlined lots of musical shows and events in Nigeria and abroad. He has also shared stage with international stars such as Akon, 50cent, Sean Paul, LL Cool J, Usher and others.
In 2011, Red Bull Nigeria appointed him to be the country’s ambassador at the prestigious Red Bull Music Academy holding in Tokyo .
He has also given back to his country Nigeria by being the Official DJ for Play Safe national campus tour in Nigeria, poised at warring against unprotected sex, He also has a T.V programme called ‘Jimmy’s Jump Off’