He was born as Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Bongo Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam aka A-Kon or El Negreeto. He is a singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, actor, entrepreneur, philanthropist and much more.
His two successful record labels, Konvict Muzik and KonLive Distribution served as a stepping stone for many soon-to-be successful acts, such as Lady Gaga, T-Pain, R. City, Kardinall Offishall, and Red Café.
Akon has announced his new record label Akonik Label Group that he intends to use to release four studio albums in different genres.
In May 2019, Akon released his first Latin single “Get Money”, featuring Puerto Rican rapper Anuel AA.
This will serve as the lead single for his upcoming fourth album El Negreeto.
After that, Akonda will be released, serving as his fifth album and will contain Afrobeat music. The album’s singles are “Low Key” and “Wakonda”.
After that album, Konnect will be released, serving as his sixth album and will contain Hip hop and R&B music like previous albums. The album’s singles are “Benjamin” and “Can’t Say No”.
On September 6, 2019, Akon released “Como No” featuring Mexican-American singer Becky G, as the second single from El Negreeto.
Akon, with the assistance of his little sister Khady Thiam Gueye and brother Abou Thiam, popularly known as “Bu have been able to grow his empire into an $80 million business.