Akon performing in 2009
|Birth name||Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam|
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|Born||April 16, 1973|
St. Louis, Missouri, US
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. 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.
- Trouble (2004)
- Konvicted (2006)
- Freedom (2008)
- El Negreeto (2019)
- Akonda (2019)
- Konnect (TBC)
- The Konnection (TBC)
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