- NAME: Akon
- OCCUPATION: Songwriter, Music Producer, Singer
- BIRTH DATE: April 16, 1973 (Age: 40)
- Did You Know?: Senegalese-American vocalist Akon has collaborated with a wide range of performers, from Eminem, 50 Cent and Snoop Dogg to Whitney Houston, Lady Gaga and Michael Jackson.
- EDUCATION: Clark Atlanta University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: St. Louis, Missouri
- Full Name: Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam
- AKA: Akon
- AKA: Aliaume Thiam
- ZODIAC SIGN: Aries
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Senegalese-American vocalist Akon is known for his R&B-style vocals, which are featured in his own hit songs as well as collaborations with hip-hop artists.
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In 2007, Akon faced criminal charges after he threw a fan off the stage during a concert in Poughkeepsie, New York. The same year, he was widely criticized for inappropriate sexual behavior onstage with an underage girl in Trinidad and Tobago. He has also drawn fire for his decision to invest in an African diamond mine.
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