Dec 20, 2008

Entertainment - Q&A Akon;India

Prithwish Ganguly

Your first visit to India was a while ago. What do you remember about it?
I had a wonderful time in India. I took back lots of memories. It was our first time there and I remember thinking that in Mumbai, the crowd is incredible. It reminded me of my home, Africa. I liked the hospitality and the food and am looking forward to returning.

Will the recent terror attacks on the city deter you?
Situations like that happen during a transition and do not last forever. It is all a matter of the people working together and coming up with agreements that benefit the whole race. I don’t think it will deter me from performing in India in future.

Your record — Snack That — was a hot favourite in India. What are your expectations from Freedom?
Expectations are always very high. I’m hoping this album does better than the last one. A lot of time and effort have gone into it; I hope people go out and pick up the album.

Have you seen any Bollywood movie?
I’m very bad with names but I remember watching some. The patent theme of love and romance is quite common in most. But some of the love stories are amazing.

What is your impression about Indian women?
Indian women are the most beautiful women in the world. I have no words to describe them.

You have teamed up with many international artistes like Michael Jackson, Gwen Stefani and Chamillionaire; who is your favourite?
I’m just blessed to be in a situation where I can work with different artistes who help me expand my audience everywhere. I love the fact that I can work with them and still keep the authenticity of what I’m doing. I can never say which one’s my favourite. They all play a big role in what I am doing

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