Akon (Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam)
Akon is a Senegalese-American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur. After the release of his debut album, ‘Trouble,’ in 2004, he rose to prominence. Throughout his career, he has received numerous awards for his albums. As a result of his collaborations with world-famous musicians, he’s had several strikes.
Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam known as Akon. He was born on April 16, 1973, in St. Louis, Missouri, to African parents. When Akon was a child, his family moved to Dakar, Senegal, in West Africa, and stayed there until he was seven years old, when they returned to the United States. Kine Thiam, Akon’s mother, was a dancer, and Mor Thiam, Akon’s father, was a well-known jazz percussionist. Akon grew up hearing and loving music as a result of their influence.
Akon was born in Senegal, West Africa, and attended high school in the United States as a child. He has collaborated with numerous other singers, including Snoop Dogg, Gwen Stefani, Lionel Richie, and Michael Jackson, on several popular albums that combine his R&B-style vocals with hip-hop sounds.
Although Akon is normally quiet about his religious beliefs, he recently revealed his feelings regarding Islam in an interview. “My prosperity is due to my faith in Almighty Allah and my adherence to Islam.”
While completing an Umrah in the city of Makkah, images and videos of Akon were published on social media sites. Islam is his only means of achieving prosperity, according to him.
Akon began singing and performing as a teenager after growing up in Jersey City. He spent a semester at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia, before leaving out. Instead, he focused on the music industry, recording at home, and became acquainted with Wyclef Jean of the Fugees.
Akon received the ‘American Music Awards in 2007 for ‘Favourite Soul/R&B Male Artist.’ He also took home the ‘Billboard Music Awards ‘Artist of the Year’ accolade. He received the ‘Teen Choice Award’ in the ‘Breakout Artist – Male’ category the same year. He got the ‘BET Hip Hop Award’ in the category of ‘Producer of the Year’ in 2008. He got the ‘Ozone’ award for ‘Artist of the Year’ in 2009. (USA & UK). In 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011, he won ‘ASCAP Awards’ in various categories.
In 2014, Akon launched the “Akon Lighting Africa” project, which supplies electricity to 15 African countries. He has also established his charitable foundation, the “Konfidence Foundation,” for poor children in Africa.
Akon has established his clothing line, Konvict, which includes items like trousers, sweatshirts, and t-shirts. Aliaune, a more upscale version, has jackets and more formal attire.
Pitbull’s official music video “I Believe That We Will Win (World Anthem)” features Akon as a guest, with all revenues from the song’s sales, streaming, and views going to Feeding America and the Anthony Robbins Foundation to help those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Akon announced in 2018 that he was collaborating with the Senegalese government to create Akon City, a tourism destination with a cryptocurrency-based economy. Senegal President Macky Sall reportedly gave Akon three square miles of land minutes from the Blaise Diagne International Airport and roughly 50 kilometers from the capital of Dakar at the time. It is reported to be in the works and will be the world’s first 100 percent crypto-based metropolis, complete with Akon’s coin. His fame extends beyond the film and music industries. Over the years, he has also become a highly successful businessman. He owns a variety of real estate properties as well as two well-known clothing lines, namely ‘Aliaune’ and ‘Konvict.’