Akon set to explode Sierra Leone â€“ April 27, 2010!
All is now set for Senegalese-American born sensation Hip-Hop & R&B star, Aliaune Damala Akon Thiam popularly known as Akon [although there is some ambiguity and debate about Akon’s legal name and birth date. Akon is usually credited as Aliaune Thiam. In addition to the longer form, Akon’s full name has been reported both as Aliaune Badara Thiam and Alioune Badara Thiam] in the musical arena to explode the capital city of Freetown on Tuesday April 27, (Independence Day) at the National Stadium. Babsy Reports in a video footage broadcast at the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC); Akon has officially confirmed that he will be performing live in Sierra Leone on April 27th as the country celebrates its 49th Independence Anniversary.
â€œWhatâ€™s going on Sierra Leone?Â This is your boy Akon.
27th at the National Stadium. Donâ€™t forget, Iâ€™m here, Iâ€™m telling you personally. There are a lot of people saying Akon isnâ€™t coming, a lot of promoters wanna book me and itâ€™s not true.
Well Iâ€™m telling you myself. This is an official event. April 27th at the National Stadium; Sierra Leone be ready. Iâ€™ll be there. Peace.â€ Akon said.
Meanwhile, entertainment fans across the country have begun to catch the fever of Akon following the release of Akon broadcast and wide spread publicity which is presently going on.
Akonâ€™s performance in Sierra Leone is courtesy of AWOL & Gibril Wilson Entertainment and is sponsored by mobile company Zain-SL, GTBank and African Minerals Ltd. Below is a short profile of Akon
Born: Â Aliaune Badara Akon Thiam, on October 14 1981. (orApril 30, 1973 or April 16, 1973 no concrete evidence has ever been provided).
Raised: Akon was born in St. Louis and raised in Senegal, Africa until he was 7. At age 7, he and his family moved to Union City, New Jersey to live in the United States full-time.
Akon, a Muslim, is the son of jazz percussionist Mor Thiam. While he was in high school, his parents moved to Atlanta and left Akon and his brother behind to finish school. Akon soon found himself taking advantage of his freedom and getting in trouble with both classmates and the legal system. Akon was allegedly jailed for three years for grand theft auto and during that time began working on music. Akon credits a love for music, and admiration of his father, for allowing him to turn his life around.
Upon release from prison, Akon began writing and recording tracks in a home studio. The tapes found their way to SRC/Universal, and the label released his debut album, Trouble, in June, 2004. The album included the hit singles â€œLocked Up (Remix),â€ (featuring the rapper Styles P), â€œBanaza (Belly Dancer)â€ and â€œGhetto.â€ â€œLocked Upâ€ reached the top 10 on the Billboard singles chart in the U.S., as did the song â€œLonelyâ€ which samples Bobby Vintonâ€™s classic song â€œMr. Lonely.â€
An extrovert whose tireless devotion is entertaining crowds and fan interaction has caused both adorations and misunderstandings.Â On the other, a serious businessman who has quickly built an empire that includes a record label, fashion line and charity foundation.Â In short, an open artist who regrets nothing, but constantly is learning from past experiences.
His third album Freedom, released in 2008 features African melodies and marching drums.Â The autobiographical track is arguably the singerâ€™s most powerful statement to date, as the song crescendos, church-like, to its rousing conclusion.
Akon hasnâ€™t abandoned his hip-hop and R&B roots, the album features guest spots by Lil Wayne, T-Pain, Young Jeezy, Kardinal Offishall, Ray Lavendar and Wyclef Jean.
During 2009 the Konvicg CEO prepped releases for T-Pain, Lady Gaga, Kardinal Offishal, Flipsyde Dolla, and Colby Oâ€™Donis.
His fashion line, Konvict and Aliaune Clothing was successfully launched.
His charity, Konfidence Foundation, a charity he personally funded for four years, has teamed up with songwriter/philanthropist Peter Buffet to launch www.IsThereSomethingICanDo.com , a Google of sorts of charitable foundations.
The Final Word
â€œI just donâ€™t advertise my age because in the industry you are as young as you sound. Other than that Iâ€™d be glad to tell you how old I am. Once you let people know your age in this business, thatâ€™s when the countdown begins. Matter of fact, theyâ€™ll put your deadline on blast for you. I donâ€™t wanna be in that box so I donâ€™t advertise it, period.â€ â€“ Akon, to RapStation.com in August, 2004.
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Akon is an real african,28th April 2010