According to Akon, Michael Jackson and he had plans to start music schools all over Africa until the latter passed away in 2009. “It started off as a concept, me and Mike was actually speaking about creating music universities all throughout Africa,” he said to TMZ in a recent interview.
“I’m giving them the tools, the instruments, the knowledge of the business. Just kind of help them with facilities that help them polish up their skills, because Africa got so much talent. This is one of the main motivations when I went into Nigeria back then, the whole start and support all those young artists for Afrobeat and things like this.”
Sadly, Jackson’s untimely cardiac arrest death in June 2009 prevented the two from carrying out their plans. He was organizing a lengthy run of return performances around the world at the time of his passing.
“The schools haven’t happened yet, it was just a conversation that we had but it’s something I do want to follow-up on,” Akon continued, to which the question of whether he would still want to proceed with the schools in light of MJ’s complex legacy was put to him. “If people knew who he really was and understood the story behind it, that wouldn’t be a legacy question like you know what Mike did for the culture.”