Wande Coal part ways with 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”
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 ias 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.
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 2009. 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, Tiwa Savage 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?

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