Earlier today, Nigerian singer Iyanya confirmed that his time as a Mavin Records artiste had come to an end. The former MMMG signee/co-owner was on a radio interview with Beat FM where he let it be known that his Mavin days were over and he’s now exclusively signed to Temple Music.
In August 2016, news broke that Iyanya had finally severed ties with his former friend and partner Ubi Franklin and was pitching his tent with the Mavins. At the time, our Editor made a bold claim that with this signing, Don Jazzy had finally replaced Dbanj.
That excursion only lasted a few months as, by mid-2017, it was becoming clear that Iyanya’s deal with Mavin wasn’t going as fans expected it would. Apart from his EP Signature, there was little to show for his being on the label.
In November we made the call, saying at the time that we believed that Iyanya had parted ways with the Mavins.
Although as it is customary to Nigerian artistes, he and his camp refused to divulge any information when we reached them; with the absence and presence of certain factors, we knew for sure that the Mavin days were over- owing to the following reasons:
‘The rumours of a possible rift between Iyanya and Mavin were further fueled after the label known for always tweeting and celebrating their artistes failed to wish the singer a happy birthday when the singer clocked thirty-one-a few weeks ago; only Don Jazzy did on his personal handle.
Neither Iyanya or any member of Mavin Records have confirmed any of these speculations, but the singer’s latest move validates these speculations.’
Also, Iyanya had just released a new single titled ‘Iyanu (Holy Water)’ and the Mavin Records emblem was conspicuously missing from the artwork as it is also missing from the official music video which was released on Tuesday. The only logo that is visibly represented in the artwork and music video is that of Temple Management – a management company which he has been affiliated with since February.’