Michael Jackson was a music industry sensation who captured the hearts of millions of people through his performances. His untimely death was unexpected, and there was a lot to unpack. Akon recently revealed that before the Thriller singer’s passing in 2009, he and Jackson reportedly discussed starting some music schools in Africa.
In an exclusive interview with HipHopDX, the “Smack That” singer detailed his two-year friendship with the King of Pop. “Mike was just an amazing person man, I wish people had a chance to understand and really experience the person the way I did.”
“We had like a good two years together where we just hung out practically four, five times a week, right? Real conversations and he would shock you, the kind of shit that he like, the kind of shit he would say.
Cause we see Mike as such a big — but he’s mad funny. He’s just an amazing person, and one thing about him was he was so genuine. His biggest thing was always making sure that kids were in a comfortable position to be a kid. Because he never really had a childhood himself.”
The two then shared their great ideas for Africa, saying they were working to establish music schools there so that children may pursue music. “There are a few things that we did discuss. One of them was we were gonna build music schools all throughout Africa,” Akon revealed.
“We wanted to create a music school that allowed kids to learn how to play instruments, vocal coaching, the music business, entertainment, so they don’t just walk into it not knowing the education of how the business works and things like that.”
Even in Akon City in the educational district the first one will be built in there and I’m naming it after the Michael Jackson Foundation. So I’m gonna be naming it MJ University.”
The Senegal city that the Konvict Music Mogul is now developing is known as “Akon City.” In order to start building “a futuristic cryptocurrency-themed city” in his own nation that would contain parks, hotels, and a stadium and would totally rely on Akon’s own digital currency “Akoin,” the singer obtained $4 billion in funding from investors in 2020.
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