Akon hasn’t been in the spotlight for quite some time. It’s been over half a decade since the Senegalese-born rapper has released an album, and many believed he simply faded away.
But Akon hasn’t gone anywhere. He was recently spotted voicing his opinion on social issues. The artist was recently on the Al Jazeera TV channel where he sat down with host Folly Bah Thibault to talk about matters surrounding the recent rise in racial tensions that have gripped the nation and the protests that were being held in cities across the country.
Akon acknowledged the frustrations that were being felt by the protesters and marchers and added that African-Americans needed to broaden their horizons. He said the system in America was not built for black people.
“I always felt like Africa was for Africans,” the five-time Grammy nominee said. “So when I see African-Americans in America dealing with all these issues my first question is, ‘Why don’t they just go back home, back to Africa?’”
“How many African-Americans do you know who actually consider Africa as a vacation spot?” Akon went on to ask. “Even if it’s just for knowledge, just to know where they came from, just to get an idea of what that is.
“There is so much fear instilled in them that they wouldn’t even want to go there to visit. You mention Africa, they start shaking.”
Akon went on to say that on the contrary they, as Americans, would actually find preferential treatment and soon realize that Africa wasn’t as bad as it is portrayed to be.
He also says he is still on the music scene, although he operates behind the scenes and has been producing music for other artists. But now, he is planning and working on a new five-part concept album.
Source: Your Black World