1996 - July: T.V. Interview With Children in Tunisia PDF Print E-mail


On the influences of his music:


I have been influenced by… pretty much by cultural music from all over the world. I have studied personally all kinds of music, you know, from Africa to India, to Chinese, Japanese, music is music and it is all beautiful. So, I am influenced by all of those different cultures.”

On racism:

"It is cruelty, it´s ugly and I hate it. You are my brother (points out to the children). They are my brothers. If you are black, white, Arab....we are all the same. I love all races equally. […] I love all people of the world."

On family wishes:

“I am a very family oriented person and I come from a family of ten children, so I am very used to a family, you know.... surrounding, to come around you as a unity. So I don´t think I can live without that bond. So I would love to have a major...a huge family. I´d say a total of twelve...My aunt had 13 children, I have an uncle who had 12 children, and my father had 10 children, and so… I looove big... everywhere... “

On his visit in South Africa in July, 1996, where he attended Nelson Mandela’s birthday:

“The Garden of Eden was probably in Africa, I am pretty sure. And the people could not have been nicer. (he refers to his visit to South Africa in July 1996 where he attended Mandela´s birthday). And I loved it. I loooooved it. And the music, oh, and the rhythm…Seeing petty little kids with the perfect rhythm and .. the way they moved their little bodies. I was just....Oh, I was amazed. It was great! They gave me everything. They showered me with gifts. You know, clothing, food. And in the hotel...I was in this hotel, right? Big, big, hotel. It had a bowling alley, it had a big game room, big swimming pool. But when I would look out of my window, as far as I could see, there would be people. They even would sleep out there, waiting for me. They would sleep out there!... All day long they would stand there. At night, they would be out there waiting for me. It was just...They could not have been sweeter. And I loved it. […]”

On his "Heal The World Foundation":

"With "Heal the World" we have helped millions; and, as we speak, we are looking at a hospital in New Jersey. That would be the first Michael Jackson hospital and we would like to make these, throughout the world. That is our goal and our mission. And I hate the word 'orphanage', but pretty much a housing for a unity of people that are in need, you know. This is, pretty much, where my heart is and I would love to continue doing it."