Nigeria’s foremost disc jockey had his patience tested by controversial singer, Terry G, when the singer slapped one of his apprentices at a comedy show tagged, D’Good, D’Bash and D’Ugly.
When the incident happened, the ‘cool’ DJ Jimmy Jatt simply asked his boy to close shop. In an exclusive chat with Saturday Beats, the disc jockey said that Terry G had mended fences and there was no problem between them.
He said, “There was not really any problem between Terry G and I. It was just the DJ association that placed a ban on his music but the ban has now been lifted. From our side, the initial reaction was that we demanded for a public apology and he has done that. Terry G went further to come to my office to apologise to the DJ and myself. He also went as far as meeting with some members of the association and I think that is what convinced them to lift the ban. To err is human and to forgive is divine, so it was just fair for them to lift the ban against him.”
Recounting the experience, Jimmy Jatt said although he was at the show, he did not know that his boy received a slap till someone informed him.
“To be honest with you, I was on a table far from the stage. I thought he was exiting the stage, I did not know what transpired. It was someone that called my attention to the fact that he actually slapped the boy. When I heard, I got up and went to ask if my boy was slapped and he replied in an affirmative manner. I was shocked. I just told the boy to vacate the place. Luckily; there was a backup DJ, so he took over,” he said.
With over 25 years of his life dedicated to his job, the disc jockey said the incident would make Nigerian artistes have more respect for DJs.
The disc jockey said, “The incident has sent a strong signal that there is a vibrant DJ association. Some other things have happened in the past that people have done and they got away with them but that would not happen again because an action has to be taken. For anybody that would not want an army of DJs to come after them, it would be in your interest not to look down on any DJ either established or up and coming. I am glad where the industry is today even though we have not got to the promised land yet. “We have come a long way. This used to be a profession that people shunned but now parents are now proud to say that their children are disc jockeys. If you check the calibre of people coming in, it is enough to be proud about. There is still a lot to be done.”
He also told Saturday Beats that his fans should not be surprised if they noticed he has ventured into the make believe world.
“Never say never, I actually shot a movie about three years ago but I did not release it. If the urge returns, then I might release it. I did not release the movie due to some personal reasons. Who knows if I wake up tomorrow, I could delve into movies,” Jimmy Jatt said.