Akon, Hollywood music super star & Senegalese-born, recently revealed how he made a significant impact in the success story of this day and ages’ much loved Afrobeats, which seems to be the genre the whole world is dancing to at the moment.
He further narrated how he came to Nigeria and started a relaationship with some of Nigeria’s finest music superstars and even went further to sign on stars like Davido and the brothers of the the defunct Psquare group.
Akon revealed all this in a one-on-one interview on The Breakfast Club hosted by DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne tha God and also expressed his displeasure over contracts that seem like nothing but a mere handshake to Nigerians because they don’t honour it.
Read some of Akon’s responses below:
“It’s not even a matter of letting him go, because in Africa, contracts really don’t exist. You just shake hands. It’s all words. Especially Nigeria, there is no contract being honoured.
“And me and Davido never had a contract. I was more like a big brother walking him through certain things, learn some things, advice, things like that” he said.
“When I was in Africa, I was building an Afrobeat team.
“When I first went out there in 2008, I signed Davido, PSquare and others. Davido is like my little brother. Did you know, Davido was originally from Atlanta? And started his music career actually in Atlanta and just decided, you know what, ‘It’s too much of a struggle here, let me go back home.’
“He went back home and just popped off like that” (snaps fingers).
Continuing, he said,
“P-Square was actually the biggest act as of that time. It was a group of twin brothers. We had a song, ‘Choplife.’
“It was a huge smash. But at the time, Afrobeat wasn’t that big here.
“What I love about Davido is that he is an independent artiste. He came with the US hustle to Africa. So, he completely gets it.”
On if Davido was still signed to his record label, he said, “Nah, nah, He’s doing his own thing now.”