Akon stopped by Sway In The Morning to promote his new single ‘Enjoy That.’ While on Sway, Akon touched on many things, including working with legendary musicians like Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and spotting and signing some iconic talents, Lady Gaga, T-Pain, Kat Deluna, Red Cafe, Chi the Prynce, Kardinal Offishal and many more. He also shared some interesting stories about African music and entertainment, mentioning several of the continents musical icons including Wizkid, Burna Boy, Davido and more.
The RNB icon did have some hard takes concerning his involvement with artists of black descent and his willingness to sign them to record deals. Right now, his catalogue includes Sarkodie, PSquare, and afrobeats icon Wizkid. Akon revealed that when he was trying to get American rapper Young Thug to blow up, Davido was in Atlanta pushing to become a rapper. Although he didn’t detail the time, Davido’s first single released in 2012. Today, he’s one of Africa’s finest singers.
Sway asked Akon about the artists coming out of Africa now that he’s saluting and, he immediately mentioned Burna Boy, calling him a beast with a blend of the Nigerian and Ghanaian swag. he linked Burna’s achievements on the global stage to working with Kirk Harding, a former executive at his label and business venture, Konvict.
The 49-year-old went further, detailing his part in Wizkid’s ascension to global superstardom and called Davido a hard worker whose persistence and determination eventually paid off. He said the moment he met Wizkid, he knew he was born to be a star and that he’s the type of artist whose one-record in a year lasts through the entire year while Davido’s method is quantity over quality.
Sway did mention Mr Eazi too though and, Akon affirmed his brilliance as a musician and businessman. Sway pointed that while Eazi, Burna and Wiz have stopped by the show, he’s yet to host Davido. Well Akon promised to bring Davido to the show. So, who knows? Davido could be coming to Sway In The Morning soon, and with a new album forthcoming, perhaps it’s be one of the stops he makes to promote the project.
Other highlights from the show include when Akon compared South African music and Nigerian music, describing the comparison with the analogy ‘it’s like country music and RNB.’ He ended the conversation by talking about wealth and how black people are endowed and need to exert more control over their creations by investing into black people and black establishments.
Check out the full interview below.