Profile: Akon The American Star with African Roots

 

 American R&B artist and co-founder of Akon Lighting Africa initiative, speaks during a press conference on Sustainable Energy for All: Actions and Commitments at UN headquarters On the Photo: Singer Akon Credit: Luiz Rampelotto/EuropaNewswire
Akon, African-American R&B artist and co-founder of Akon Lighting Africa initiative

Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam, better known as Akon is a hugely popular singer who successfully mixes American rap and R&B with his African heritage, that he so proudly bears to the world.

Singer Akon Biography

Akon was born on 16th April 1973 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

He grew up in Dakar, the capital city of Senegal, and was raised by his father, a Senegalese percussionist, who taught him a lot about music.

As a teenager, he permanently moved back to the USA.

It was in jail where he began to appreciate his musical background.

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         Akon’s doing time helped him to hone his musical skills

After his release, Akon started recording in his home studio, and one if his audition tapes reached the office of Universal. This gave birth to his first Album “Trouble” in the year 2004.

Ongoing Success

Since then, Akon released several more albums and also produced albums for others.

An example of his many collaborations with other artists is Gwen Stefani’s “The Sweet Escape”.  Another notable collaboration is the one with rapper Eminem entitled “Smack That”.

The track was nominated for the “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration” at the 49th annual Grammy Awards.

 

Author: Julius Essoka