Osabuohien Osaretin (born March 17, 1989) is a maverick record producer and recording artist in the Nigerian music industry. Known professionally as Sarz, the talented musician has built a successful brand in almost two decades.
He is considered one of the front liners in the Afrobeats music scene, as he has collaborated with a host of artists to release top-charting and award-winning projects.
He came to the limelight after producing Lord Of Ajasa‘s single, See Drama, in 2007. In 2012 and 2013, he won the Music Producer Of The Year category at the Dynamix Awards and City People Awards, respectively.
|Wiki Facts & About Data|
|Full Name:||Osabuohien Osaretin|
|Born:||17 March 1989 (age 33 years old)|
|Place of Birth:||Benin City, Edo, Nigeria|
|State Of Origin:||Edo State|
|Parents:||Mr. and Mrs. Osaretin|
|Wife • Spouse:||Not Married|
|Boyfriend • Partner:||Not Disclosed|
|Occupation:||Musician • Record Producer|
|Net Worth:||US$3 million-US$5 million|
Sarz hails from the South-South region of the country. He is a native of Edo State and was born and raised in Benin, the state’s capital city.
On the 17th Of March 1989, he was birthed into the world. He was born into the family of Mr. and Mrs. Osaretin. His parents named him Osabuohien Osaretin. The name Osabuohien means that he is someone who is “Ambitious, Playful and Different.”
Coming from a middle-class background meant that Sarz grew up in a not-too affluent neighborhood in Benin. While he was growing up, his parents ensured that they instilled good morals like humility, courage, generosity, respect for elders, and integrity.
Music and Sarz forged a relationship when the latter was barely a teenager. He had been influenced by listening to songs by Nigerian and foreign musicians. His love for music cuts across different genres ranging from R&B, Soul, Pop, Highlife, Juju, Reggae, Dancehall, to Hip-Hop. He came into contact with these sounds by listening to songs on the radio or records played in his house and neighborhoods.
However, his passion for music didn’t push him to sing. Instead, he focused on sound production, producing the beats that help give songs melody. After a stint in the choir in his local church, he began to learn sound production from an older friend in the neighborhood.
Having spent hours practicing what he was learning by understudying his friend, Sarz began to make his beats and became good at the art.
In his childhood and teenage years, Sarz had access to quality education.
He attended top public-owned and private schools in Edo State for his primary and secondary school education.
After six years of study, he passed out of high school with good grades in the West African Schools Certificate Examinations.
On graduating from high school, Sarz decided to pursue a professional music career and began doing the art full time. This decision led him to migrate to Lagos, the entertainment hub of West Africa.
Arriving in Lagos, he quickly showed his talent and began to build relationships with producers and musicians in the industry. He got his first full production gig at the age of eighteen when he worked with Lord Of Ajasa on the single, See Drama. The song was released in 2007.
Since that period, Sarz has continued to wax strong in the industry, ascending to the rank of the top ten producers in the Afrobeats scene and mentoring other emerging sound producers to success.
At the start of his career, he was signed to the music imprint Trybe Records and left there on the expiration of his contract in 2013.
He has collaborated with a host of musicians to produce amazing projects that record both commercial and critical success. He has worked with artists such as Wurld, BNXN, Lojay, Obongjayar, Wizkid, Wande Coal, Naeto C, Banky W, Niniola, Shank, Skales, eLDee, Reminisce, and YQ.
He has produced top-charting singles like Mad, Monalisa, Jor Oh, Today Na Today, Kako Bi Chicken, Wash Wash, Salute, and Hustle.
He was responsible for producing all the tracks in eLDee‘s Undeniable album (except the single, We Made It). He also produced the beats for Jaiye Jaiye and Kilofe, two singles in Wizkid‘s sophomore album – Ayo.
Sarz released his debut single, Beat Of Life (Samba), featuring Wizkid. He also collaborated with Wurld to release the EP, Trobul in 2019. The album is a 9-track project comprising singles such as Trobul, Prisona, Focus, Sweat, Mad, Nobody Wins, Ego, and Sade. In December 2019, he released another single with Wurld titled Mad.
In 2020, he collaborated with Lojay to drop the EP, LV N ATTN. The EP is home to songs like Tongongo, Monalisa, and Girl. The project was a commercial success, and it helped launch Lojay‘s career and secured both artists’ nominations at popular award shows.
In 2021, he decided to replicate his magic with collaboration and worked with Obongjayar in producing the top-charting project, Sweetness EP. The project was released in July 2021. Sweetness is a 4-track EP composed of the following songs: Gone Girl, Sweetness, If You Say, and Nobody.
- Gone Girl
- If You Say
- Nobody Wins
- Today Na Today
- Kako Bi Chicken
- Wash Wash
Awards & Nominations
For Sarz work with Jor Oh by Jah Bless, he won the Best Street Pop award in 2010. The song was also nominated for Best Collaboration at The Headies in 2011.
At the Dynamix Awards in 2012, he won Music Producer Of The Year. He bagged the same award category at the City People Awards in 2013.
In 2018, he was nominated for Producer at The Headies. While in 2019, he was nominated for African Producer Of The Year at the SoundCity MVP Awards. He bagged three nominations at AFRIMMA in 2019.
Because he makes timeless music, Sarz is a popular face on social media as he engages with both his Millenials and Gen Z fans.
He has utilized his social media channels in promoting his art and growing his career in the process.
He has over 375k followers on Instagram and over 689k followers on Twitter.
- Instagram handle: @only1sarz
- Twitter handle: @beatsbysarz
The record producer Sarz is currently 33 years old. He clocked the age on the 17th Of March. He resides in one of the elite neighborhoods in Lagos City. When he is not in Lagos, he can be found in London, vacationing or making music.
He is also known as “Sarz On The Beat“, a tag he uses at the beginning or end of his music productions. Another familiar tag is Really.
When not making music or going on tours, he can hang out with his friends and family members. He lost his dad to the cold hands of death in 2021.
Sarz is not married, he has flaunted no girlfriend too.
Unarguably one of the best music producers in the African Continent, Sarz has built both a name and fortune for himself.
Sarz is estimated to be with a net worth of US$3 million-US$5 million.