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Akon
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Akon performing in 2009
Background information
Birth name Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam
Also known as
  • A-Kon
  • El Negreeto
Born April 16, 1973 (1973-04-16) (age 47)
St. Louis, Missouri, US
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • rapper
  • record producer
  • actor
  • entrepreneur
  • philanthropist
Instruments
Years active 1996–present
Labels
  • Akonik
  • Atlantic
  • Konvict
  • KonLive
  • Republic
  • Universal Motown
  • SRC
  • UpFront
Associated acts

Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam (/ˈkɒn/; born April 16, 1973), known mononymously as Akon, is a Senegalese-American singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and actor. 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 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 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

Studio albums

  • Trouble (2004)
  • Konvicted (2006)
  • Freedom (2008)
  • El Negreeto (2019)
  • Akonda (2019)
  • Konnect (TBC)
  • The Konnection (TBC)




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