From what seems like an eternal music hiatus, Akon joined Sway’s Universe to catch us up on his ventures in cryptocurrency and the solar energy industry. Creating his own utility company, Akon Lighting Africa (ALA) the vision is to expand globally to Asia and the Americas – with the U.S being the first in its expansion, installing solar rooftops and mini-grid system in Texas and Arizona.
Having no prior knowledge on the subject, Akon’s interest in bringing running electricity to African regions propelled him to dive in and naturally educate himself. As the only person of color in the renewable energy field, the Senegalese social entrepreneur stresses the importance of investing in the future of the world, and for his community to invest in the future of the countries of Africa. When asked about failure, the philanthropist emphasizes that “nothing is failure, everything is a point of growth,” and to take chances on things that no one believes in, because “eventually people will believe it, [it could be] the one thing that changes the world.”
Being heavily focused on educating himself in solar energy and other endeavors for the past seven years, Akon discloses that although he’s enjoying the latest music releases, he’s unaware of who most of the new artists putting out projects are.
Despite profiting more through ALA, the passion for music has driven the multi-platinum selling artist to create his 4-genre label distribution company- Akonic Label Group. Akonic consists of Akonda (Afrobeats), Akonik (U.S. Hip-Hop/ Top 40), Jamakon (Caribbean) and Ke Lo Ke (Latin America), revealing that an album will be released under each of the latter. Noting that music is “the best way to send a message, as it opens doors,” the multi-hyphenate is using his various platforms to make strides in the diverse industries he’s immersed in. Specifically pointing out that his involvement in reggaeton and Latin music is nothing new, as he’s collaborated with many artists from the genre such as Tego Calderon, Voltio, Wisin & Yandel. Akon’s first drop will be on August 30, for El Negreeto under the Latin genre-based Ke Lo Ke.
Concluding the interview with some controversial claims on his philosophy of women and men’s nature and sexuality, the relevance of the matter was to point out that as a whole we should communicate more in order to understand each other better, hence creating more harmony amongst people.
Be on the lookout for Akon’s soon-to-be released projects. “Get Money” Ft. Annuel is everywhere now, El Negreeto drops Aug 30.