Akon performing in 2009
|Birth name||Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam|
|Also known as|
|Born||April 16, 1973|
St. Louis, Missouri, US
|Origin||Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam (//; born April 16, 1973), known mononymously as Akon, is a Senegalese-American singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and actor. Akon began his career as a singer/rapper, with his big break arriving in 2004 with the release of the records "Locked Up" and "Lonely." Both songs achieving great success, leading up to an album deal with Universal Motown. In the 2010s, Akon branched out onto philanthropy (Akon Lighting Africa), property development (Akon City in Senegal), television/film production, and politics, to name a few.
He grew up in Senegal, but when he was 7 his family settled in New Jersey. His father, Mor Thiam was a successful jazz percussionist. Soon after moving back to the United States, Akon discovered hip-hop for the first time. Akon has collaborated with and produced for some of the biggest names in the music industry.
Akon has been nominated for many awards including 5 Grammy Awards, 3 American Music Awards winning 1 and 4 MTV Video Music Awards. Billboard ranked Akon No. 6 on the list of Top Digital Songs Artists of the decade.
Akon had been friends with Michael Jackson until his death. Akon released a tribute song called "Cry Out Of Joy". In 2010, a song that Akon sung with Michael Jackson, "Hold My Hand", was released. It was also released on Michael.
Discography[change | change source]
Studio albums[change | change source]
- Trouble (2004)
- Konvicted (2006)
- Freedom (2008)
- El Negreeto (2019)
- Akonda (2019)
- Konnect (TBC)
- The Konnection (TBC)
References[change | change source]
- "Billboard - Music Charts, Music News, Artist Photo Gallery & Free Video". Billboard. Retrieved October 6, 2014.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 30, 2019. Retrieved December 26, 2019.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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