18 Oct 12
Mansa Musa of Mali
The richest man who ever lived who was worth an incredible 400 billion dollars in gold at his death. Recently the Forbes has done a list of America’s richest men and women. Bill Gates is the closest to Mansa Musa at 66 Billion in worth, not even in the same spectrum of wealth. Mansa Musa of Mali aparently left his Kingdom of Mali to spread the knowledge of his kingdom. Word about his fortunes did spread, and of course it attracted jealousy and enemies. Jersey Demic has long been interested in Mansa Musa’s journey to Mecca and his story as a whole. When asked about Mansa Musa in popular culture, Demic said “I don’t see why there isn’t a high budget movie about Mansa Musa of Mali yet, there are numerous movies about black slaves but none about black kings.” Whatever the reasoning is behind popular culture ignoring Mansa Musa is unknown but one thing is for sure with all the drama between Mansa Musa of Mali and the North Africans which eventually led to his untimely death there is a story there. A very interesting one at that. Mansa Musa of Mali represents a lot for black people as a whole and his death has made him a martyr and a symbol of whats possible within our people. Jersey Demic has recently released a short song where he mentions The Mali Empire and talks about being disenfranched and the effect it has had on him. You can download the song by entering your email or you can simply stream it below.