Celebrating Black Excellence In Entertainment And Business

by Duke Magazine

Smooth R&B vocals with an electrifying mix of hip hop, Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam, simply known by the name Akon is a world renowned multi talented Senegalese-American entertainer who needs no introduction in the global music scene.

His expertise encompasses singing, songwriting, rapping, producing and acting. With a string of multiple hit tracks including “Lonely”,  “I Wanna Love You”, “Don’t Matter”, “Sorry, Blame It on Me” and counting, cemented with prestigious awards including; World Music Award, BET Hip Hop Award, American Music Award to name but a few, five time Grammy nominated superstar Akon proudly takes his place amongst the world’s best selling artists.

The platinum record singer rose to prominence in 2004 following the release of “Locked Up” (featuring Styles P), the first single from his debut album Trouble (2004), followed by the second single “Lonely”. The 48 year old is founder of record labels, Konvict Muzik and KonLive Distribution which stands as one of the world’s successful outfits, proudly home to many successful acts, such as Lady Gaga, T-Pain, R. City, Kardinal Offishall, Jeffree Star and Red Café, among others.

Akon with six solo albums has applaudably had four songs certified as 3 times platinum, three songs certified as 2 times platinum, more than ten songs certified as once a platinum and more than ten songs certified as gold in digital sales.

He is also makes history as the first solo artist to hold both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice. He was listed by Guinness World Records as the number-one selling artist for master ringtones in the world.

Alongside his super successful recording career, Akon also grabs the top producer tag and has evidently producing masterpieces for iconic acts such as Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg, Lionel Richie, Leona Lewis, Sean Paul, and Whitney Houston.

As a seasoned entrepreneur, the Senegalese-born is the founder of Akoin Cryptocurrency, and with a prospect of building Akon City in Senegalese, where the economy of the city would be cryptocurrency-driven and based.

The world celebrated talent has garnered critical acclaim with multiple accolades and awards to prove; Forbes ranked Akon 80th (Power Rank) in the Forbes Celebrity 100 in 2010 and 5th in the 40 Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa list, in 2011. Billboard ranked Akon No. 6 on the list of Top Digital Songs Artists of the decade.

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