Africa Legal Drama: #Don Jazzy Mo’Hits Executive Denies Signing Producer Duncan Mighty to #Mo’Hits #Contracts

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I don’t like reading about situations like this that are easily avoidable. At this stage, in the Nigerian/African music space, this is not something I expect  lawyers to be involved with, although it depends on the facts. But, sheesh?! Here goes the story.

Don Jazzy is a music executive for the record label Mo’Hits, one of the bigger record labels out of Nigeria. Duncan Mighty is an artist and music producer, also popular in the country. Duncan Mighty in an interview with the Nigerian TV media announced he had just signed with Mo’Hits Records as a music producer. Before he could blink, Don Jazzy took to twitter to tweet a denial, distancing himself from the artist/producer’s statement. How embarrassing!

Let’s bring it home to the USA for UDUAK LAW FIRM BLOG readers. Producers, this is so not okay. Have a written and signed legal agreement evidencing your contractual relationship before you announce it to the world. Also, be a bit more PR savvy about things. Let the label put out a press release or in the alternative, you can do the same. Be sure to include quotes from the label/executive announcing your new relationship. Needless to say, you should get a lawyer to draft such legal agreement for you.

“Reports emerged that Duncan Mighty had joined Mo hits Records as a producer and sound engineer with the singer/producer ‘confirming’ his inclusion in the Mo Hits rooster as sound engineer / producer on a TV show. Mo-hits is led by super-producer Don Jazzy and has artistes like D’banj, Wande Coal, D’prince and K-switch.

However, Don Jazzy has informed via Twitter that he has not signed the rapper. . .”

Ouch!

Questionmark mag has the full story and tweet pic.

By the way, totally unrelated but one of the artists mentioned on the Mo’Hits Records excerpt is D’Prince and I love his song ‘Omoba.’ Meet a new African artist to add to your list.

Photodescription: Duncan Mighty

Uduak Oduok (Ms. Uduak) is a Partner and Co-Founder of Ebitu Law Group, P.C. where she handles her firm’s fashion and entertainment law practice areas. Ms. Uduak has litigated a wide variety of cases in California courts. She has also handled a variety of entertainment deals for clients including network television and licensing deals. Her work and contributions to the creative industry has been recognized by numerous organizations including the National Bar Association, and featured in prestigious legal publications in the USA: ABA Journal and The California Lawyer Magazine. She is also the author of Fashionentlaw™ and also has over two decades combined hands on industry experience in the creative industry which includes modeling, retail, fashion production, public relations, digital media, journalism and publishing. For further inquiries or if you are seeking legal representation, please email (uduak@ebitulawgrp.com). You may also follow her on twitter at @uduaklaw

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