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Akon in 2009
Background information
Birth name Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam
Born (1973-04-16) April 16, 1973 (age 45)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Years active 2003–present
Associated acts
Website Official website

Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam (born April 16, 1973), better known as Akon, is a Senegalese-American R&B singer. 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 States, Akon discovered hip-hop for the first time. Akon has worked with a lot of other musicians.

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 2000s.[1]

In 2009 Michael Jackson died. Akon had been friends with Jackson. 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.

Albums[change | change source]

Akon has released 4 studio albums:

Year Album
2004 Trouble
2006 Konvicted
2008 Freedom
2013 Stadium

References[change | change source]

  1. http://www.pandora.com/music/artist/akon
  2. http://www.akononline.com/default2.asp
  3. http://www.starpulse.com/Music/Akon/Biography/

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