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Akon performing in 2009
Background information
Birth nameAliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam
Also known asA-Kon
Born (1973-04-16) April 16, 1973 (age 47)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Years active1996–present
Associated acts
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Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam (Script error: No such module "IPAc-en".; born April 16, 1973[1]) is an 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.[2]

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 albums

Year Album
2004 Trouble
2006 Konvicted
2008 Freedom


  1. "Akon - Music Producer, Songwriter, Singer - Biography.com". Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  2. "Billboard - Music Charts, Music News, Artist Photo Gallery & Free Video". Billboard. Retrieved October 6, 2014.

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