REAL NAME: Jesse Garba Abaga
DATE OF BIRTH: August 10, 1984
PLACE OF BIRTH: Jos, Nigeria
RECORD LABEL: Jesse Jagz Nation
Jesse Jagz (Jesse Garba Abaga)is known as Nigerian`s finest because of his flirtatious experimentation with different genres of music from R&B to roots reggae to pop in a very unique way.
Jesse is originally from Taraba State, a native of Jukun although he grew up in Jos, Plateau State.
Jagz recorded his first ever album wih his fromer group called “Gospel Insanity” but the album never got released due to altercations with the group. He later went on to producing beats and formed another group called “Eleven Thirty” they became popular and had a quite a success in Jos.
In the year 2004, Jesse joined his brother Jude Abaga popularly known as M.I and together they started Inner Hub Studios. By the year 2006, Jesse then started to pursue a solo career with his official single “Africa”, which did quite well as it remained the #1 song on Cool FM chart for months and around the year 2006 and 2007, Jesse Jagz released three songs that dominated the top ten charts on Cool FM, RayPower FM and also Rhythm FM. these songs slowly became the street anthems around North Nigeria.
“Bend Down Low”, “Nobody Test Me”, “The Greatest” and also “Sugar Cane Baby” were some of Jesse`s hit songs and his major song “My Brother” was chosen to be a part of the International Music Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2008.
In February 2009, the Award nominated producer and hip hop artist was selected to represent Nigeria at the 2009 edition of Sauti Za Busara Music Festival – a yearly international festival celebrating East African music and features top-quality musical performances by more than 400 established and upcoming artists (40 groups in total) and over the years has established itself as one of Africa’s leading music festivals which held in Zanzibar, Tanzania.
Jesse Jagz’s hit singles “Wetin Dey”, “Pump It Up” and “Nobody Test Me”, in which he featured fellow artist Ice Prince and brother M.I (both rap artist), were chart toppers around the whole country. His debut music video, “Pump It Up”, was released in November 2009 and got him positive reviews.
He released his debut album, “Jag of all tradez ” in 2010 to critical acclaim. He was notably absent from the music scene in 2011 and 2012,returning in 2013 with a reggae infused style. He released the singles “Murder them” and “Redemption” in the 1st half of 2013 after parting ways with Chocolate City Music Group. The singles were released under his new imprint,Jagz Nation. In June 2013,Jesse Jagz left Chocolate City and released his sophomore album (his first as an Independent artist) “Jagz Nation Vol 1; Thy Nation Come ”. With him rapping, Singing and handling most of the production on his first album,Jesse Jagz chose to seek the help of other producers such as Samklef,Shady and KidKonnect on his sophomore album instead. The album features the likes of Brymo and Wizkid on it.