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Michael Jackson in Africa-Ebony/Jet Magazine Interview May1992

I've been researching Michael's trip to Africa in 1992. I recommend reading this entire Ebony May 1992 issue. This is from one of the best & most spiritual interviews he ever gave:

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....

EBONY/JET: What was the concept for the Dangerous album?

MICHAEL JACKSON: I wanted to do an album that was like Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite. So that in a thousand years from now, people would still be listening to it. Something that would live forever. I would like to see children and teenagers and parents and all races all over the world, hundreds and hundreds of years from now, still pulling out songs from that album and dissecting it. I want it to live.

EBONY/JET: I notice on this trip that you made a special effort to visit children.

MICHAEL JACKSON: I love children, as you can see. And babies.

EBONY/JET: And animals.

MICHAEL JACKSON: Well, there's a certain sense that animals and children have that gives me a certain creative juice, a certain force that later on in adulthood is kind of lost because of the conditioning that happens in the world. A great poet said once. "When I see children, I see that God has not yet given up on man." An Indian poet from India said that, and his name is Tagore. The innocence of children represents to me the source of infinite creativity. That is the potential of every human being. But by the time you are an adult, you're conditioned; you're so conditioned by the things about youand it goes. Love. Children are loving, they don't gossip, they don't complain, they're just open-hearted. They're ready for you. They don't judge. They don't see things by way of color. They're very child-like. That's the problem with adults they lose that child-like quality. And that's the level of inspiration that's so needed and is so important for creating and writing songs and for a sculptor, a poet or a novelist. It's that same kind of innocence, that same level of consciousness, that you create from. And kids have it. I feel it right away from animals and children and nature. Of course. And when I'm on stage. I can't perform if I don't have that kind of ping pony with the crowd. You know the kind of cause and effect action, reaction. Because I play off of them. They're really feeding me and I'm just acting from their energy.

EBONY/JET: Where is all this heading?

MICHAEL JACKSON: I really believe that God chooses people to do certain things, the way Michelangelo or Leonardo da Vinci or Mozart or Muhammad Ali or Martin Luther King is chosen. And that is their mission to do that thing. And I think that I haven't scratched the surface yet of what my real purpose is for being here. I'm committed to my art.

I believe that all art has as its ultimate goal the union between the material and the spiritual, the human and the divine. And I believe that that is the very reason for the exis-tence of art and what I do. And I feel fortunate in being that instrument through which music flows.... Deep inside I feel that this world we live in is really a big, huge, monumental symphonic orchestra.

I believe that in its primordial form all of creation is sound and that it's not just random sound, that it's music. You've heard the expression, mu-sic of the spheres? Well, that's a very literal phrase. In the Gospels, we read, "And the Lord God made man from the dust of the earth and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man be-came a living soul."

That breath of life to me is the music of life and it permeates every fiber of creation. In one of the pieces of the Dangerous album, I say: "Life songs of ages, throbbing in my blood, have danced the rhythm of the tide and flood."

This is a very literal statement, because the same new miracle intervals and biological rhythms that sound out the architecture of my DNA also governs the movement of the stars.

The same music governs the rhythm of the seasons, the pulse of our heartbeats, the migration of birds, the ebb and flow of ocean tides, the cycles of growth, evolution and dissolution. It's music, it's rhythm. And my goal in life is to give to the world what I was lucky to receive: the ecstasy of divine union through my music and my dance. It's like, my purpose, it's what I'm here for.

EBONY/JET: What about politics?

MICHAEL JACKSON: I never get into politics. But I think music soothes the savage beast. If you put cells under a microscope and you put music on, you'll see them move and start to dance. It affects the soul.... I hear music in everything. [Pauses] You know, that's the most I've said in eight years. You know I don't give interviews. That because I know you, and I trust you. You're the only person I trust to give interviews to.

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wow.. just showing how smart he was, and all that he loves and how humble he was, and the last part about not talking as much Sticking out tongue

** You know, that's the most I've said in eight years. You know I don't give interviews. That because I know you, and I trust you. You're the only person I trust to give interviews to. **

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When Michael says things like the following, that is what made me fall in love with him. My God, I LOVE that man! LOL! He is ***so*** on point....all the way through....he gets it....he really does!

"I believe that all art has as its ultimate goal the union between the material and the spiritual, the human and the divine. And I believe that that is the very reason for the existence of art and what I do. And I feel fortunate in being that instrument through which music flows.... Deep inside I feel that this world we live in is really a big, huge, monumental symphonic orchestra.

"I believe that in its primordial form all of creation is sound and that it's not just random sound, that it's music. You've heard the expression, music of the spheres? Well, that's a very literal phrase. In the Gospels, we read, "And the Lord God made man from the dust of the earth and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man be-came a living soul."

"That breath of life to me is the music of life and it permeates every fiber of creation. In one of the pieces of the Dangerous album, I say: "Life songs of ages, throbbing in my blood, have danced the rhythm of the tide and flood."

"This is a very literal statement, because the same new miracle intervals and biological rhythms that sound out the architecture of my DNA also governs the movement of the stars.

"The same music governs the rhythm of the seasons, the pulse of our heartbeats, the migration of birds, the ebb and flow of ocean tides, the cycles of growth, evolution and dissolution. It's music, it's rhythm. And my goal in life is to give to the world what I was lucky to receive: the ecstasy of divine union through my music and my dance. It's like, my purpose, it's what I'm here for....

"....But I think music soothes the savage beast. If you put cells under a microscope and you put music on, you'll see them move and start to dance. It affects the soul.... I hear music in everything. [Pauses] You know, that's the most I've said in eight years. You know I don't give interviews. That because I know you, and I trust you. You're the only person I trust to give interviews to."

I have to wonder if he ever heard of the artwork of Alex Grey.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f5905BuE4c

Or ever heard of cymatics.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05Io6lop3mk

Or the work of Masaru Emoto.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAvzsjcBtx8

Or Jonathon Goldman and his work.

http://www.healingsounds.com/sounds/worlddayinfo.asp

Or John Keely.

http://keelynet.com/keelyhistory.htm

Or Nikola Tesla....this is a full length documentary, but well worth watching.

http://www.veoh.com/collection/filesharerdocumentaries/watch/v6393755hD5...

I also wanted to add (I know, I've written a book already...) that when they quote Michael as saying, "Life songs of ages, throbbing in my blood, have danced the rhythm of the tide and flood." It reminds me of how I feel when I hear certain Celtic music or see the rites of Beltane as portrayed in The Mists of Avalon or other medium....somehow, when I hear music like this, my blood ***literally*** responds and I can "see" myself in the distant past partaking of these very same rites....but long, long ago....almost like it's a biological memory.

This is beautiful ^^ Thank you so much for sharing
Love this interview very much.. This made me love Michael more and more ♥

Unbreakable, Thanks for this great interview. He seems so very wise. I especially like and relate to:
"Thats the problem with adults: they lose that child-like quality. And thats the level of inspiration that's so needed and is so important for creating and writing songs and for a sculptor, a poet or a novelist. It's that same Idnd of innocence, that same level of consciousness, that you create from. And kids have it. I feel it right away from animals and children and nature."

Thanks for the interview Unbreakable. Smiling I remember it vividly along with the beautiful accompanying photos of his trip where Michael felt like a real king (not saying that he wasn't one already by that stage, if you get the gist - courtesy of Elizabety Taylor).

The things that Michael says are so inspirational and philosophical, yet even more so, you just break down and cry because they are genuinely beautiful words from an innately beautiful man.

<em><strong>My goal in life is to give to the world what I was lucky to receive: the ecstasy of divine union through my music and my dance. It's like, my purpose, it's what I'm here for.</strong></em>

Never a truer word was spoken and it was indeed proven throughout his glorious stellar career. Sadly, this quote was engraved on the temporary tombstone at Forest Lawn in Leppington (yes, there is a Forest Lawn in Australia as well) and you just cannot help but reflect on the wonderful impact Michael has made not just musically but because of his modest, self-effacing and wholesome personality.

i agree..the man is deep..and some eople accusing him being crazy..,is just plain silliness....I jus like to to believe that Mj is way to intilligent for those who have accused him..

That was a great interview. I remember when Michael went to Africa & was crowned King of the village. It was such an honor for him. Thanks for posting!

I just realized that his comments about making an album similar to the Nutcracker Suite was actually in response to a question Ebony asked about Thriller so...not sure how Dangerous got mixed into it, unless it was a typo..

Now after you read that let someone tell me that Michael Jackson is not the most unique person that lived on this earth. The guy is incredible and if people would stop and listen to the words that come from his mouth they would feel, I mean deeply feel what he is saying. Turn on music and feel how your body responds to it, it relaxes your muscle, you take deep breaths and let the music touch your soul. He message is so clear that I don't understand people who don't understand him. The man is deep!!!!

Oh Lord, the way he speaks just moves me. He's so articulate and humble and just leaves me at a loss for words! Oh gosh, I'm visting family now and I just wanna cry and laugh at the same time, because I miss him terribly but am so happy for having a role model like him!

Wonderful,i think this is the most beautiful article that i read,Michael is simply amazing,i don't have words,only a huge Adoration for him!
Thank you so much for this.

I have this in my Ebony/Jet collection. His last official Ebony Cover/Feature from Dec. 2007 is also one that every fan should read and have.

@Unbreakable1:
Thanks so much for SHARING this great MJ Interview! I LOVED IT!

XOXOXO - MJ,
IreneLovesMichael
A DEVOTED MJ FAN FOREVER, FOR ALL TIMES, Bloomfield, NJ

I love this interview, so I'm giving it a 'bump.'

I want to thank you, Unbreakable1, for posting this wonderful interview. I read it during my break time at work last Friday but didn't get around to relocating it so I can respond until now. Michael was deeply spiritual and definitely believed in God, Jesus and a Creator. It's interesting to read his comments about how some people are destined to function as Messengers. This is very true, in my opinion and in my experience. I came to realize that Michael was indeed a Messenger, but I did not know this until some time after his passing. It took a great deal of reading, watching and listening to his interviews to understand this. To read his words as stated in this interview, I find that my perception was accurate, at least as far as that aspect of him is concerned. <strong>"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...."</strong>

I created a video last May covering Genesis. I am posting here in reference to Michael's words:

"In the Gospels, we read, "And the Lord God made man from the dust of the earth and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man be-came a living soul."

The images and narration are mine, with notable exceptions involving professional celestial photography:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJhGAbk8hZo

Thank you again. This was a very insightful interview with Michael. I had some perceptions about him before he died, and some of those are turning out to be true, it seems. Since I was not a long time steady follower of his career and life, unlike so many of his loyal and long time fans, I am gradually learning more and more about Michael - through his interviews, through his fans and sometimes perhaps through his music.

Fabric_Princess

I do hope Ebony/Jet will put a book together - as Rolling Stone has done. They don't sell back issues now. It would be a shame if a new generation has to miss out on the best interviews he ever gave!

You're right, he was wearing a crown; how appropriate. I like the interview he did with Jet before the Bad tour and the one he did with Ebony commemorating the 25th anniversary of Thriller. They actually talked about his music and inspiration...go figure.

msmjluv: Yes- I feel exactly the same way. He was a such a profound man. This is the issue wearing the crown!

This was amazing. I think I have this issue in my collection. I believe he was wearing African garb on the cover. He should have done all his interviews with Ebony/Jet. They were always respectful. Michael is just beyond words. Nothing seems to adequately describe him. It's like he had a sixth sense most of us don't possess and he was incredibly smart... wish the world had taken care of this gift. I'm astounded that others don't see what I see in him. It's unbelievable that he was ever here at all and I feel privileged to have been on this earth at the same time. I can feel his absence in the air.

Smelly: Thanks for posting the link to the whole story! I love this interview the more I read it. He always felt free when interviewed by Ebony. I have an old copy of this magazine - but I'm hoping that Ebony will put together All his interviews in one book. I can imagine him sitting up in his Giving Tree at Neverland writing the lyrics to "Will You Be There." (tears)

The Indian poet he mentions is Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore.

Thank you so much for this.

Beautiful, just wonderful! I am now searching for interviews MJ did, so thanks for sharing!

thank you so much, I Loved it very much, saved it too. My favorite part is when he says :
"And my goal in life is to give to the world what I was lucky to receive: the ecstasy of divine union through my music and my dance. It's like, my purpose, it's what I'm here for.
Michael most certainly achieved that goal and more!

Love to all!

L.O.V.E. you Michael!

this is the whole article!
its is really really really smelly
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1077/is_n7_v47/ai_12288831/?tag=c...

saved it!!!! thanks so much for posting it Smiling

YOU SHOULD BE REWARDED 4 THIS

i could kiss you!!

thank you so much!
namaste
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