Osabuohien Osaretin (born March 17, 1989),[1] better known by his stage name Sarz, is a Nigerian record producer and musician. Born in Benin City, Edo State, he is popularly known for the tag Sarz On The Beat/"Really", at the beginning or end of all his music productions.[2]

Background information
Birth nameOsabuohien Osaretin
Born (1989-03-17) 17 March 1989 (age 32)
Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria
  • Record producer
  • musician
Years active2007–present
Labels1789 Entertainment
Associated acts

His first full credit production work was for Lord of Ajasa's "See Drama" in 2007. He has produced tracks for Wizkid, Naeto C, Banky W, Skales, Shank, Reminisce, Goldie Harvey, eLDee, Wande Coal, YQ and Niniola.[3][4] He was formerly signed to Trybe Records, but left the outfit after his contract expired in November 2013.[5]

Early lifeEdit

Osabuohien Osaretin was born in Benin City into a family of 3 children.[6] He attended All Saints Primary School and had his high school education at Goodwill Secondary School.[7] Sarz describes his entry into the music scene as a mistake; attributing his love for music and his ability to remember a beat in detail after hearing it piqued his interest in music production.[8]

Musical careerEdit

In 2010 Sarz, produced the hit single "Jor Oh" and the Remix for Jahbless which featured Durella, RuggedMan, Reminisce, Ice Prince and eLDee. The song won "Best Street Hop" award and was nominated for "Best Collaboration" at The Headies.[9] in 2011, he went on to produce Shank's "Salute", eLDee's "Today Today" & "Wash Wash", Skales "Mukulu", Goldie Harvey’s "Don’t Touch my Body" and Reminisce's "Kako Bi Chicken".[10] "Kako Bi Chicken" was nominated for "Best Street Hop" at The Headies, 2012.[11][12] Later that year, he solely produced eLDee's "Undeniable" album (except "We Made It").[13]

Sarz was nominated for the Nigeria Entertainment Awards 2012 "Producer Of The Year" award alongside Don Jazzy. Although Don Jazzy won the award, Don Jazzy ended up giving the award to Sarz.[14] He won the "Best New Producer" award at the 2012 Dynamix Awards.[15] He went on to release his first single “Beat Of Life (Samba)” featuring Nigerian Artiste, Wizkid off his coming album.[16]

In 2013, he produced 2 songs off Wizkid's Ayo Album, "Jaiye Jaiye" featuring Femi Kuti and "Kilofe".[17] He was mentioned as one of the five new music producers giving Don Jazzy a run for his money by the Premium Times Nigeria.[18] Sarz was reported to have signed an endorsement deal with Nike later that Year.[19] Sarz was the executive producer for the official Hennessy Artistry 2014 theme song titled "Dance Go (Eau de Vie)" which featured Wizkid and 2Face Idibia.[20]

In April 2020, Sarz and Shizzi decided to go live on Instagram for a face off tittled "The Battle of Hits" on 30 March 2020 which attracted a peak of 19.2k live viewers across the world.[21]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Event Prize Recipient Result Ref
2012 Dynamix Awards Music Producer Of The Year Himself Won [22]
2013 City People Awards Music Producer Of The Year Himself Won [23]
Nigerian Entertainment Awards Music Producer Of The Year Himself Nominated [24]
Song Of The Year "Beat Of Life (Samba)"
(featuring Wizkid)
Nominated [24]
South South Music Awards Producer Of The Year Himself Nominated [25]
2018 The Headies Producer Of The Year Himself Nominated [26]
2019 SoundCity MVP Awards African Producer Of The Year Himself Nominated [27]
AFRIMA Music Producer Of The Year Himself Nominated [28]
Songwriter Of The Year "Trobül" (Sarz & Wurld) Nominated [29]
Best RnB Duo "Trobül" (Sarz & Wurld) Nominated [30]

Production discographyEdit


  • 2007
  1. Ruggedman: Banging
  2. Lord Of Ajasa: See drama.
  • 2008
  1. Shank:King Kong
  • 2009
  1. YQ: I Like Girls
  2. Dagrin: Kondo
  • 2010
  1. Goldie: Don't Touch
  2. Iceberg Slim feat. Da Grin: I Made It
  3. Jahbless: Jor oh! Remix Feat Iceprince, Reminisce, Durella, Ruggedman, Eldee
  • 2011
  1. Skales: Keresimesi
  2. Shank: Salute
  3. Shank: Ghetto
  4. Sarz: Badman feat Wizkid
  5. Skales: Mukulu
  6. Banky W: Lowkey
  7. Michael Word: Pop Sugar feat Muna
  8. Naeto C: Super C Season
  9. Reminisce: Kako bi chicken
  10. Minjin: So beautiful
  • 2012
  1. Skales: Ko Mo Le
  2. Wizkid: Dance For Me
  3. Sarz: Beat of Life (Samba) feat Wizkid
  4. Skales: My baby
  5. Eldee ft K9 and Sojay: Higher
  6. Eldee: Been There Done That
  7. Eldee: Today Today
  8. Eldee: Always
  9. Eldee ft Banky W: Run Down
  10. Eldee: Category
  11. Eldee: Wash Wash
  12. Eldee ft Wizkid: Never let you go
  13. Eldee ft K9 and Sojay: Zombie
  14. EME: Get Down Tonight
  • 2013
  1. XP: Calabar Remix Feat Reminisce, Skales, Olamide
  2. Reminisce: Ni’gboro
  3. L.O.S: Wish you could stay
  4. Omawumi ft Wizkid: Warn Yourself
  5. DJ Neptune ft Phyno, Ruggedman, Pope, Reminisce, Uzi & Dagrin – Emi Ni Oba (The King)
  6. Lynxxx ft Ikechukwu, Illbliss and Phyno: Eziokwu
  7. Wizkid ft Femi Kuti: Jaiye Jaiye
  8. Lynxxx: Mr Sexy
  9. Reminisce: Fantasi
  10. Illrymz ft Reminisce: Get the Club Started
  11. El’vee ft Don Jazzy: Oga Pata Pata
  12. Addiction: Show Your Talent
  13. Wizkid,Iyanya, Praiz, Kcee: MTN iPulse
  • 2014
  1. M.I: Shekpe Feat Reminisce
  2. M.I: Rich Feat. Koker
  3. M.I: Wheel Barrow Feat. Beenie Man & Emmy Ace
  4. Reminisce: Eleniyan Feat Wizkid
  5. Sarz: Ise Yen Feat. Reminisce
  6. Sarz: Shoknorris Feat. Burna Boy
  7. Wizkid: Sound It
  8. Niniola: Ibadi
  9. Tekno: Anything
  10. 2face Idibia & Wizkid: Dance Go Eau de Vie
  11. Kach: Get up
  12. Reminisce: Fantasi
  13. Samad: Low waist
  14. K9: Care about us Feat, Sound Sultan
  15. Sarz: Celebration Feat. K9
  16. Wizkid: Kilofe
  • 2015
  1. Burna Boy: Trance
  2. Reminisce: Skilashi
  3. Wande Coal: Ashimapeyin
  4. Wande Coal: Adura
  5. Wande Coal: Wanted Remix
  • 2016
  1. 2Baba: Coded Tinz Feat. Phyno
  2. Reminisce: Asalamalekun
  3. Reminisce: Asalamalekun [Remix] ft. Wale
  4. Hennessey Artistry: No be Water ft. Praiz, Burna Boy & Vector
  5. Reminisce: If E Nobi God ft. Mr. Eazi
  • 2017
  1. Wizkid: Come Closer ft. Drake
  2. Wizkid: Sweet Love
  3. Niniola: Maradona
  4. Niniola: Sicker
  5. Wizkid: African Bad Girl ft. Chris Brown
  6. Sarz: Get up ft. Flash
  7. Niniola: Saro
  8. Niniola: Magun
  9. Mr Eazi: Accra To Lagos
  • 2018
  1. Dj Enimoney: Diet ft. Reminisce, Slimcase & Tiwa Savage
  2. Wurld x Sarz: Trobül
  3. Skepta & Wizkid: Bad Energy
  4. Niniola x DJ Snake: Maradona Riddim
  5. Flash: Balanciego
  6. Niniola x Busiswa: Magun Remix
  7. Sarz: Hello Africa Riddim ft. Dr. Alban
  8. Mr. Eazi: Ogede
  9. Niniola: Bana
  • 2019
  1. Sarz: Legwork Riddim
  2. Sarz: Good Morning Riddim
  3. Sarz: Inbox Riddim
  4. Sarz: Spiritual Riddim
  5. Sarz: Celetronic Riddim
  6. SeyiShay: Gimmie Love ft Runtown
  7. Reminisce: Oja
  8. Reminisce: OGB4IG feat. Naira Marley Olamide
  9. Niniola: Designer ft. Sarz
  10. Sarz & Wurld: Ego
  11. Wande Coal: Tofunmi
  • 2020
  1. Niniola: Omo Rapala
  2. The Sarz Academy: Hold Me ft. Wizkid
  3. Reminisce: Ogaranya ft. Fireboy DML
  4. Shirazee: African Man In New York ft. Sarz
  5. Wizkid: Longtime ft. Skepta
  • 2021
  1. Shirazee X Sting: English Man, African Man In New York
  2. Nao: Antidote ft. Adekunle Gold
  3. Lojay X Sarz: Tonongo


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