Senegalese-American singer, rapper, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and actor

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. Akon began his career as a singer/rapper, with his big break arriving in 2004 with the release of the records "Locked Up" and "Lonely." Both songs achieving great success, leading up to an album deal with Universal Motown. In the 2010s, Akon branched out onto philanthropy (Akon Lighting Africa), property development (Akon City in Senegal), television/film production, and politics, to name a few.

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Akon performing in 2009
Background information
Birth nameAliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam
Also known as
  • A-Kon
  • El Negreeto
Born (1973-04-16) April 16, 1973 (age 48)
St. Louis, Missouri, US
OriginNewark, New Jersey, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • rapper
  • record producer
  • actor
  • entrepreneur
  • philanthropist
Years active1996–present
  • Akonik
  • Atlantic
  • Konvict
  • KonLive
  • Republic
  • Universal Motown
  • SRC Records
  • UpFront
Associated acts

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 collaborated with and produced for some of the biggest names in the music industry.

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.[1]

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.


Studio albumsEdit


  1. "Billboard - Music Charts, Music News, Artist Photo Gallery & Free Video". Billboard. Retrieved October 6, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 30, 2019. Retrieved December 26, 2019.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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