Akon, full name Aliaume Akon Thiam (born 1973), is American rapper, songwriter, singer and businessman.
Akon born in St. Louis, but he spent much of childhood in West-Africa, Senegal, and it’s his hometown. In Segal, Akon learned how to play instruments including djembe, guitar and drums.
Akon’s alleged years in jail led him to develop his music skills. Akon’s record were brought to the attention of Universal’s label, SRC.
SRC’s CEO and Jerome Forster (music producer) came to Atlanta with private airplanes only to meet the young artist. As Forster told in interview:
What caught my attention right away was “Lonely”, and I said, ‘this kid is official – this is a huge record.
He is best-known for his collaborations with famous hip-hop stars and as well as his R&B-style vocals with hip-hop beats.
Akon have two labels: KonLive Distribution and Konvict Muzik. Akon has been in five records, including SRC, Universal, Republic Records and in his own labels.