"It was a visit to Senegal that made us realize how fortunate we were and how our African heritage had helped to make us what we were. We visited an old, abandoned slave camp at Gore Island and we were so moved. The African people had given us gifts of courage and endurance that we couldn’t hope to repay.”
Michael Jackson in his book MOONWALK about first visit to an African country as a child in 1974, during Jackson 5 tour
Later, MJ visited various african countries quite often
Michael talking about Africa
Michael in Africa
Michael in Africa 1992
Michael Jackson Coronation - King of the Sanwi's in Krinjabo, Africa 1992
From 1992 - May: "Ebony/JET" Magazine Interview:
EBONY/JET: Do you have any special feeling about this return to the continent of Africa?
Michael Jackson: For me, it's like the "dawn of civilization." It's the first place where society existed. It's seen a lot of love. I guess there's that connection because it is the root of all rhythm. Everything. It's home.
EBONY/JET: You visited Africa in 1974. Can you compare and contrast the two visits?
Michael Jackson: I'm more aware of things this time: the people and how they live and their government. But for me, I'm more aware of the rhythms and the music and the people. That's what I'm really noticing more than any thing. The rhythms are incredible. You can tell especially the way the children move. Even the little babies, when they hear the drums, they start to move. The rhythm, the way it affects their soul and they start to move. The same thing that Blacks have in America.
EBONY/JET: How does it feel to be a real king?
Michael Jackson: I never try to think hard about it because I don't want it to go to my head. But, it's a great honor....
EBONY/JET: Speaking of music and rhythm, how did you put together the gospel songs on your last album?
Michael Jackson: I wrote "Will You Be There?" at my house, "Never Land" in California.... I didn't think about it hard. That's why it's hard to take credit for the songs that I write, because I just always feel that it's done from above. I feel fortunate for being that instrument through which music flows. I'm just the source through which it comes. I can't take credit for it because it's God's work. He's just using me as the messenger....
1997 South African Holiday
Michael Jackson receives the Diamond of Africa award from Ghana's President, Jerry Rawlings during a dinner at the Hotel Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, 1995
Kora All Africa music awards 1999 with Nelson Mandela
More of Michael Jackson's Cultural Legacy: An African-Centered Documentary
Liberian Girl (Lyrics)
"In my heart, deepest of heart, I really love Africa and I love the people of Africa. That´s why, whenever I get the chance, the children and I, we jump on the plane and fly to Africa and we vacation there. I spend more of my vacation in Africa than in any other country. And ah, we love the people and we love the environment. Topographically, one of the most beautiful places on the surface of the Earth. They never show the sandy white sugar beaches, and it´s there! And they never show the beautiful, you know the landscaping, never show the buildings, the metropolis and urban; Johannesburg, Cape Town, Kenya, ur, you know the Ivory Coast ur, you know, Rwanda, how beautiful the place is! And it´s really stunningly beautiful! And I want to heighten that awareness with what I´m doing and it´s been my dream for many, many years. And everybody around me knows that, because I go there very much.
The world is jealous of Africa for many centuries because it´s natural resources is phenomenal. It really is. And it is the dawn of civilization. The history, a lot of our bible history is right there in Africa. And King Tut, all those great civilizations; that is right there in Africa. Egypt is in Africa!!! And they always try to separate the two, but Egypt is Africa".
Remember the Time
Michael Jackson live in Johannesburg, South Africa full show