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Akon Biography Music Producer, Song writer
Aliaune Thiam, known as Akon, born in Senegal, is an R&B singer who released his debut album ”Trouble” in 2004, which included the singles “Locked Up” [Remix] (featuring Styles P), “Bonanza” and “Ghetto”. “Locked Up” reached the top 10 in the US, and the top 5 in the UK. “Ghetto” also became a radio hit when it was remixed to include verses from legendary rappers Notorious B.I.G. (Christopher Wallace) and 2Pac (Tupac Shakur). Recently, he has also released the single “Lonely” (sampled Bobby Vinton), which has reached top 10 on the US charts.
The mere act of surviving on a day to day basis is the foundation from which a true artist builds his craft. Multi-talented newcomer AKON is no exception to this rule. His dynamic debut album, Trouble, a collection of stirring songs, creatively reflects the ups and downs of the singer/songwriter/producer’s life experiences. A crafty blend of soulful hip-hop, TROUBLE is AKON’s vibrant first time tour-de-force. Trouble evolved from the struggles I went through and what I did and am still doing to correct those things,” offers AKON, who has had his fair share of adolescent problems with both the legal and school system, as is reflected in his redemption song “Trouble Nobody.” “I’ve got a habit of writing about everything I go through,” he explains, “and this album gives a glimpse of where I am now.”
To understand where AKON is right now is just half the equation. The other half lies in where he came from: this young artist possesses a unique history. A Senegalese African, AKON moved to the United States when he was seven. His family is headed by legendary percussionist and jazz musician Mor Thiam, whose expertise for playing the Djembe, a traditional African drum, has been touted as “unrivaled.” B
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