Senegalese singer and entrepreneur Akon has revealed how contracts are not honored in Nigeria and how he first signed P-Square.
Akon was on the Breakfast Club speaking to DJ Envy, Charlemagne Da god and Angela Yee.
Amongst other things he also talked business and how Davido was originally from Atlanta and started his music career there before opting to come back home where he has since been wildly successful.
Akon said: “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).
Akon also talked about P-Square, “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.”
Akon also talked about getting into the Energy business and why the Diamond business is much more dangerous than the drug business.
You can watch the full video of the interview below
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