Barely a month after losing his best friend, OJB Jezreel to kidney ailment, the ‘Raise Da Roof’ crooner Jazzman Olofin also lost his mother – in – law, veteran actress Bukky Ajayi. The late OJB not only produced songs for Jazzman, but was also renowned as his closest friend. So much that in the last interview OJB granted, the late music producer when asked who his friends are, said:
“I do not have many, but people have always said Jazzman is OJB’s best friend. For me I’ll say we are more or less like brothers. We fight like brothers, we argue like brothers, so I think he’s about the only one with whom I’ve been able to take it beyond the regular industry friendship.”
Jazzman has picked himself up from this loss, and the popular singer and hip hop crooner, has finalized plans towards the release of his latest single before the end of the week. Titled ‘Shade’, the single according to Jazzman, is a reflection of his mastery of the contemporary hip hop music laced with a blend of afro centric rhythms, lyrics, instrumentals and percussion.
Presently, and ahead of the release of his new single, Jazzman Olofin alongside his management outfit are putting finishing touches to a contractual working agreement with a yet to be disclosed international promotion company, a leading entertainment outfit with impressive antecedents of music promotion across the global entertainment industry
According to Jazzman Olofin: “after the loss of two of the most important people to me, their death dealt me a heavy blow but also elicited a sort of a ‘go for it’ spirit in me.” On a philosophical note, Jazzman explained that “my journey through life has been one filled with so many dramatic experiences which has ultimately turned me into a corner stone; and all these obviously wouldn’t have been possible without the favours and grace of the Almighty God as well as people whom He has used as solid pillars of support to my life and my music career.”
Born Olumuyiwa Olajide Olofinkuade on August 3 in the 70’s in Agege, a suburb of Lagos, Nigeria, Jazzman Olofin found his ear for music at the age of ten sitting quietly on the wings and watching his siblings perform in the choir of St Andrews African Church Iju.
This passion and curiosity about music in all its many facets continued with him throughout his school days at Fagba Grammar School (Lagos) to when he was at the University of Lagos to obtain a degree in Philosophy. While in the University of Lagos, he co-founded a musical group called X-APPEAL, as well as a member of a theatrical club called ‘Theater 15’.
After his split-up with his partner, Lexxy Doo of the X-Appeal fame, Jazzman Olofin debuted his solo career with “Big mess” in 2001, and followed it up with “Boiling point” in 2003. In 2006, he released “Mr Funky”, “Fire” in 2009 and “Ready 2 Go” in 2011. He has done collaborations with Ruggedman, Blackky, Julius Agwu, Sasha, Dare Art Alade, GT Da Guitarman, Paul Play Dairo, Adewale Ayuba, Musiliu Haruna Ishola, Naeto C, M.I, Dagrin, e.t.c.
Jazzman Olofin, who recently won a “Special Recognition for Contribution to the Growth of Entertainment Industry in Nigeria” award at the City People Entertainment Awards is currently running his own outfit “Jazzman Olofin Entertainment.