Senegalese-American singer Akon has revealed that he once signed Nigerian music stars Wizkid and Davido to his record label.
Akon made the claim in an interview with ‘The Breakfast Club’ on Power 105.1 FM in New York, United States, a few days ago.
The singer also talked about his contribution to the growth of Afrobeat which he said was created by Fela Anikulapo.
Asked if he abandoned music for business when he returned to Africa, he replied:
“No, No, I never left music alone. When I was in Africa I was building afrobeat, while I was there I signed Wizkid, Davido, P Square.
“Davido was like my little brother, you know Davido is originally from Atlanta. He started his music career in Atlanta and he decided it’s too much of a struggle here let me just go back home and he went back home and just puffed up.”
Akon added that what he loves about Davido is his independent nature, saying he left Atlanta for Nigeria “and he completely gets it.”
Asked by the presenter why he allowed one of the DJs signed to his record label go, Akon said:
“No he’s doing his own thing now.
“It’s not a matter of letting go, you know Africa contracts don’t really exist, we just shake hands, it’s our world.
“Especially in Nigeria, contracts are not being honoured. Davido and I never had a contract, I was just like a big brother walking him through some things, like advising things like that.”
Asked why he doesn’t get a lot of credit for the artistes he has helped up before like Davido, Wizkid, T Pain, Lady Gaga among others.
“I don’t do anything and expect anything back in return, I just do it from the heart, that’s where I get my blessings.
“Everyone has their destinies and there are going to be people that come into your life that help you fulfill that destiny.
“I just feel like I’m being a part of a lot of people’s destiny. No matter what, there were going to get that success or get that fame and reach that height, with or without me in it.”