Ian Jazzi has his birth name as Ian Frederick Oshodi. He is a popular Ghanaian-Nigerian recording artist, performer, record producer, actor, poet, model and entrepreneur.
He was born on March 30, 1986 into the family of Frederick Oshodi and Patience Otuwaa Amponsah in Osu, Accra in Ghana. His father was a wealthy and courageous Nigerian business man, who unfortunately died in a ghastly motor accident in Lagos. The sudden and unfortunate death made his mother to relocate back to Ghana to live with her mother in Osu.
Ian Jazzi attended the Datus Complex School in Tema and Adisadel College, Ghana where he obtained his secondary school certificate.
He later studied Economics, Mathematics & Theatre Arts at the University of Legon, Ghana.
Ian Jazzi’s journey into music began as a rapper while in high school at Adisadel College in 2001.
He continued rapping, recording and airing singles on the campus radio station, Radio Universe.
In March 2010, Ian Jazzi released his first mixtape, In Stereo Vol.1. While Jazzi was responsible for most of the production, it also featured productions from EL, the Canadian Producer Tnyce, Six45, and Jae Milla.
It also featured singers Raquel, Taurian Devueax and Yolanda Chioma Richards-Albert.
In October 2010, Ian Jazzi released his second mixtape. This mixtape primarily featured Ian Jazzi Freestyling over beats by renowned Ghanaian producer Jayso.
It was a remix of hits produced for artists like Sarkodie, Sway DaSafo, R2Bees, and Kwaw Kesse. The purpose of the mixtape was to showcase Jazzi’s versatile rap skills over more commercial beats; his poetic style, like his lyrical style, is primarily socially conscious, integrating elements of inspiration and spirituality.
Jazzi has also made appearances for several brands like TIGO, Ecobank, Coca-Cola, Brand Communications, Ramel International, Ghana’s Gas Forum, Kingdom Africa Management, and MMRS Ogilvy and many others.
The talented and versatile Ghanaian singer has been the face of several advertising campaigns which include newspaper & magazine ads, billboards, and TV commercials.
In addition he also released several singles on the side, featuring artists like EL, Trigmatic, radio/TV personality Jay Foley, Senam E.Twin Gbeho, and Radio Jock/rapper J.O.E.L.
In the latter part of 2010 he collaborated with his friend EL and released “Envy”.
In February 2011, Ian Jazzi released his first music video, “The Real”. the 32 track In Stereo Volume II – Turn The Volume Up mixtape, which featured Multi-Platinum Producer Coptic, rappers, Psalm 1, the Christ Junkie and D.E.M.
He pioneered a new wave of Gospel Rap in Ghana, after dropping popular singles “Get Some” and “Get Your Clap On” in 2003. Both were produced by Jayso.
Ian Jazzi is also credited with being among the pioneers of GH Rap which is a term to denote ‘Hiphop made in Ghana’.
Jazzi is also the creative director of The Unwind Agency, a model & advertising agency he founded in Ghana in 2009. He co-produced and released his first mixtape album In Stereo Volume 1, which was widely received in Ghana.
Ian Jazzi is also a good actor. He was vice-president of the Drama club and was involved in a number of schools theatre productions including the play, ‘Duncan in Shakespeare’s Macbeth’ and the role of Jerry in Harold Pinters ‘Betrayal’, among others at the University of Ghana.
Ian has also featured in a number of television series notably in Basket Ball TV, also on TV Africa. The show covered the ongoing inter-community basketball competition held at Elwak Stadium, and was usually transmitted live from the stadium.
He played the role of a playboy in ‘Desperation’, a romantic-comedy television series, directed by Dickson Dzapasu, which aired night-time in Ghana and Nigeria.
In 2012, he played the role of a rich and arrogant youth who got into trouble in the investigative TV series, Peep. The move was produced and directed by Shirley Frimpong Manso and many others.
Ian Jazzi is happily married with children.
Ian Jazzi is one of the richest and most influential all-round entertainers in Ghana with an estimated net worth of about $1 million dollars.