1) Aliaume Damaa Akon Thiam, better known as Akon is an American singer of Senegalese Origin.
2) He knew the criminality of the streets and came on a couple of occasions to jail.
3) He jumped to fame in 2004 with the single “Locked Up” of his first album “Trouble.”
4) His second album, “Konvicted,” included the single “Smack That,” for which he was nominated for the Grammys.
5) The single that led him to fame is “I Wanna Love you,” in collaboration with Snoop Dogg.
6) He is the founder of Konvict Muzik and Kon Live distribution.
7) He has collaborated on more than 175 songs, 40 of them included on the Billboard Hot 100.
8) He sang in the charity song “We Are the World” for Haiti and interpreted the song Chammak Shawl for the film Ra One in 2011.