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Is Wande Coal Leaving Mavin Records?




It seems there’s about to be another big artist leaving a big record label for a solo career on the Nigerian music scene. Even though no official word has been heard from both camps, the rumor mill has been churning out – Wande Coal will be leaving Mavin Records’

The suspicions started brewing when Wande Coal‘s record label imprint, Black Diamond Entertainment was part of the introduction for his new video featuring Don Jazzy, “The Kick”

Wande Coal

But, we couldn’t quite jump to any conclusions of a split yet because Mavin Records was boldly imprinted on the video right after.

Yesterday, tongues began to wag again when Wande Coal‘s new single, “Kilaju” leaked online prematurely even though it had been available on MTN caller tunes weeks before.

Some rumors began to fly that Don Jazzy not producing “Kilaju” was reason enough to suspect a split. Easily, those can be found to be unsubstantiated as in fact, since Mavin Records started, Don Jazzy‘s artistes have been ‘allowed’ to use other producers. As such,  it wasn’t a big shock that he was collaborating with Star Boy Entertainment‘s Maleek Berry, who also produced “My Way” that dropped a few months ago.

Having his own record label imprint was not a reason to suspect a split either, as other industry heavyweights have their own imprints. M.I Abaga has his own Loopy Music imprint while still signed as a Chocolate City artiste; and even within the Mavin camp, their first lady Tiwa Savage has her 323 Entertainment imprint. Tiwa Savage’s debut album, “Once Upon A Time” was released as a collaboration between both 323 Entertainment and Mavin Records.

So, why are tongues wagging? Last night, Wande Coal‘s team was ‘forced’ to release an official mastered version of “Kilaju” prematurely as a leaked unfinished version was getting viral. Here’s the official cover art they released for the single.


There was no mention of Mavin on the cover art so does that mean Wande Coal may be leaving Mavin Records? Possibly. There’s a saying – “when you assume, you make an ass out of you and me” and as such, I wouldn’t advice any one of us to jump the gun until we get an official statement. But, with Don Jazzy and the Mavin online PR team keeping very quiet about the new song, I think we already know what is about to happen.

Nonetheless, does Wande Coal have any real reason to leave ‘the dream team’? A lot of people are well aware that Wande Coal‘s talent had been ‘dormant’ for about three years before he started releasing music again under Mavin. And, even then, since Wande Coal and Don Jazzy have been in cahoots, he’s only released one full-length album, ‘Mushin2Mohits’ back in 2008. From the grapevine, reports have it that Wande Coal is the chief songwriter in the fold and has been behind the scenes crafting hits for the likes of D’Banj, D’Prince and his other label mates. Has Wande Coal said ‘enough is enough’? Has he decided to follow the footsteps of numerous others who left their record labels for indie solo careers?

Keep it locked on BN for the full scoop soon enough.

Share your thoughts!


  1. Bey

    July 30, 2013 at 4:27 pm


  2. dlapikin

    July 30, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    An article to let us know not to worry about nothing!

  3. Teris

    July 30, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    “…there’s about to be another big artist leaving a big record label for a solo career…”
    Methought leaving a group and going solo (e.g. RobbieW. leaving TakeThat) is what’s meant by “going solo”. Then again, I suppose in Naija it takes on a diff flavour.

    Anyhoo, really?

    • Tosine

      July 31, 2013 at 1:15 pm

      Hahahaha! My thoughts exactly! Wrong use of the word “solo”

  4. OK

    July 30, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Which kind yeye reporting be this?… lots of talking without saying anything… Unnecessary innuendos and unsubstantiated “facts”….I beg leave the gossips for the gossip websites…mtchew.

  5. jide

    July 30, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    ^^^ +1000 – Confirm before you post BN fam. I ain’t mad at ya’ll though for wanting to keep us informed.

  6. ibaf

    July 30, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Which songs Wande Coal wrote for Dbanj and Tiwa Savage ? Stop spreading false rumours. Stop hating.

  7. Mma

    July 30, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    likely he will..

  8. Idak

    July 30, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Onos O, i always assumed you were better than this.
    Which kin song Wande Coal write for Dbanj and Tiwa?
    Dbanj has been the king of watery lyrics from the beginning of time,so what lyrics are you referring to?
    Tiwa’s lyrics are nothing special,besides how can Wande be a vaunted songwriter when his are also nothing special?
    I beg leave this beer parlour gist for pub. No bring am come mainstream o.
    If he wants to leave Mavin,good for him. Truth is,some parts never make up the whole. All Mohits members might be enjoying the freedom of going separate ways but it is nothing compared to the success that would have had as a team. I wish them all the best.

  9. Teni

    July 30, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    @Ibaf,God Bless you ten much……Which yeye songs did he write for D’banj and Tiwa Savage and the rest of the crew????For all you know,maybe he wrote one or dropped some lines on 2 when they wrote songs as the case may be,it is now equal to him writing songs?????Indeed!Wot is the lyrical depth of Wande’s songs himself?Isssooorrraaiiiittt o!

  10. Lynxx & Emma Nyra are Nigeria wackest artist alive!

    July 30, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    See guestion na

  11. Bunmi

    July 31, 2013 at 12:30 am

    @Idak dear,not too sure wot u mean by ‘watery lyrics’ and moreso,’King’ like u have stated plus I also agree ten hundred percent abt Wande’s lyrics being far fom special but going bck to watery and if it means wot I am thinking,I personally will take D’banj’s lyrics over Wande Coal’s.Listening to evry line of ”’Oyato”’ and disregarding whether it was directed at some particular individual or not,the lines there make ten times more sense than ‘Rotate’ or any of Wande’s new songs esp the most recent ones….’Why you love me so’ even though quite full of humour,still stands as better music compared wiv ‘Rotate’ or ‘The Kick’….’Top of the World’ without a doubt,is much more lyrical than the above mentioned Wande’s songs and so on.Moving back to D’banj’s old songs which may be more popular e.g Fall in Love (which is sooooo NOT a bad song lyrically),Celebrate (which is actually mega inspiring tho’ it features Wande Coal),Remix of Endowed (which I think is a great song directed at one’s enemies),Loke Loke,Olorun Maje (which clearly is a prayer kinda song and overly satisfactory) etc,I really will not term his lyrics as watery!!!I understand he is a very comical musician and regardless of any msg he tries to pass across,ppl will prolly take him as being a clown ‘cos of the manner with which he sings,I think we all shld look beyond that.As for Wande,his songs that make good enuf sense to me are simply ONLY 3 that I can vividly remember which are ‘So pe ti e’ and ‘Ololufe’ and ‘Private Trips’….All in one,I agree with u vehemently disagreeing that he wrote songs (as pluralized by BN) for Tiwa,D’banj and the rest of the crew!

  12. ikechukwu

    July 31, 2013 at 4:36 am

    Onos O, stop spreading rumours about wande coal writing songs for dbanj and tiwa savage. you are just a hater. you are now confirmed as dbanj hater. enemy of progress

    • Tosine

      July 31, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      But Wande Coal co -wrote “Folarin” with Tiwa Savage

  13. Hurperyermie

    July 31, 2013 at 8:20 am

    hmmmmmmmmmmmm waka pass with speed

  14. naija pikin

    July 31, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    I listen to few naija music why? dem move with the CROWD ….
    like FEW girls in Nigeria mi love dem style and music seen i cyaan stop watching dem live concert on youtube… 1. ASA 2.NNEKA 3. AYO in nigeria other ladies am down with dem style cos they are unique with there style for nowwww 4.NIYOLA 5. OGE KIMONO 6.RUBY 7. MUNA 8.WAJE………. and fe dey men dem right nowwww in Nigeria???? man my lists

    1. jesse jags driving mi maddddddddddddddddd with him new tunes new style. 2. wizkid da boy always pon top 3. burna boy de bad guy mad dance style and music 4. gen pype the general mad kid seen 5. timi dakolo madddddddddd the baddest r and b kid fe mi in Africa trust mi, for now with an album 6.praize wow unique dude man 7.nosa i call him de sensational kid.8..shank mi bad man solja 9.bobby dazzle trigga another kid fe watch out fe man. 10.davido standing solja 11.youngsix yooo mi likkle fresh kid seen to watch out for 12.threadstone bad rock band in africaaaaaa 14.olu maintain(love em new style now nawti nawti nawti) 15. d banj the FIELD MARSHAL OF ENTERTAINMENT WAS WITH HIM IN KANO WAY BACK PROFESSIONAL ARTIST ON STAGE MADDDD 16.wande coal UNSTOPPABLE ALWAYS . 17.may d .young and talented but need to be himself sometimes . 19.sound sultan alwaysssssss unique and creative with music big up saluteeeeee
    now my men fe dis year 2013 in Nigerian music industry.

    ICE PRINCE ABOKI,VIP same kinda song , he has gone commercial yea making money but aint gonna last with that style man
    IYANYA good but moving with the crowd also KUKERE ,MY WAISTS just hits that wont last ,
    p 2 PERSONALLY nah aint down with it waiting 2 hear some em different
    k cee…… limpo wat hahahaha mad hate dat tune samini trust mi.
    TIMAYA……the dude sick now,years years back love his style his 1st album still my best and the 2nd but now nahhhhhhhhh
    2face ….yea good artist but man em need fe go listen to his 1 & 2 album and get back dont know wha gwan with the man now. no much conscious lyrics like before man .
    BANKY W — HAHAHAHAH seriously i prefer him the BOSS push kids and sing once in awhile CEO LEVEL MAN THE BEST FOR HIMMMM TRUST MI .
    MI…. same thing CEO LEVEL
    DON JAZZY…….. man let him just chill the big boy producer making hits pushing kids.
    TONTO……….plsssssssssss let her face nollywood or my be porn movies lol crazyyyyyy hahahh
    SOLIDSTAR…… One in a million song go back and listen to that song solidstar plssss ,what you are singing now is not it not youuuuu man ,to be @the top like the big boys no be buy cut and join plssss.
    who else???????????? mail mi and i be back [email protected]


  15. boom boom tah

    July 31, 2013 at 9:29 pm


  16. Atiku

    August 3, 2013 at 5:12 am

    When it comes to talent, music n voice W.C Zee has it all!!There is no doubt he has been the engine of Mohit he wrote so many mohit allstars songs,n also wrote some for D’bang!I think is right time for him to do some thing God with his life Boom the country with ur sweet voice n sexy songs u gad it all!!!U always the best.

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