Michael Jackson’s brother confirms participation at Lagos jazz concert

Jermaine Jackson of the Jackson 5 group and elder brother of late king of pop, Michael Jackson, on Friday confirmed his participation at the jazz concert being put together by the Lagos State Government in commemoration of the 2016 International Jazz Day.

The concert, which is to be hosted by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, will hold at the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja on Saturday, April 30 by 5pm.

Jermaine confirmed his readiness to participate at the festival during a press conference held at the Lagos State Ministry of Information and Strategy, Alausa, saying he would be at the festival to support the government and array of international and local artistes who would be performing.

The 61-year-old, who is in Nigeria as part of activities marking the Jackson Golden Africa Tour, also disclosed plans by the Jackson 5 to establish a music academy in Nigeria to nurture and prepare the talents in Africa for global market.

He said: “There are lots of great talents here and we want to use our 50 years experience of being in the business to teach the arts. We have in our plans to establish Jackson Academy Performing Art School and the school will have a curriculum and also will teach music, directing, film, lightening, producing, dancing and so on. We want to get the talents here ready for the global market and I do believe that the drums and the beat started from here.”

Earlier, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, who received Jermaine and his entourage alongside the Special Adviser to the Governor on Oversees Affairs and Investment, Professor Ademola Abass, and other senior officials of the ministry, expressed delight to receive the visitors to the state.

Mr. Ayorinde added that the visit of the Jacksons to Nigeria in commemoration of the 50 years coincided with preparations by the Lagos State Government to mark the 50the anniversary of the state in 2017, and welcomed collaboration with the Jacksons in that regard.