Senegalese-American Singer, Songwriter, Music Producer, Akon, born April 16, 1973, solds over 40 million albums sold worldwide, five Grammy Award nominations, and 45 Billboard Hot 100 song, he’s simply unstoppable.
Akon lived in Senegal, West Africa, as a child and attended high school in the United States. He has released several hit albums that combine his R&B-style vocals with hip-hop beats, and he has collaborated with many other musicians, including Snoop Dogg, Gwen Stefani, Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson.
His shimmering, soulful voice has propelled countless hits across many genres—from Pop and R&B to Hip Hop and EDM Dance. In addition to his own chart dominating singles he’s made a staggering 300 plus guest appearances for icons including Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani, Quincy Jones, Madonna and Eminem.
With over 40 million albums sold worldwide, five Grammy Award nominations, and 45 Billboard Hot 100 song, he’s simply unstoppable.
He has garnered the American Music Award for Favorite R&B Male Artist, Teen Choice Award for Breakout Male Artist, three World Music Awards in the categories of Best-Selling R&B Male Artist, Best Selling African Artist and Best-Selling Internet Artist, and the Billboard Music Award for Artist of the Year.
He was listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the #1 selling artists for master ringtones in the world and became the first solo artist in history to lock down both the number one and number two spots on the Billboard Hot 100.
Akon has been recognized on Forbes Magazine’s Celebrity 100 list and was named one of the top 10 most powerful figures in Africa.
Today, outside of writing, producing, singing, touring and working on countless collaborations with artist throughout the world, He devotes time to causes close to his heart.
Akon Lighting Africa was launched to bring electricity to millions of households and to address the immediate needs of Africans.
The initiative tackles the concern that more than two-thirds of the population of Africa is without electricity, and that more than 85 percent of those living in rural areas lack access.
In 2018 he launched and founded Akoin, a new cryptocurrency with hopes it will further help African communities by empowering development with an exclusive suite of sustainability and growth-building crypto-based apps that offer immediate and ongoing new revenue-generating opportunities to stimulate financial stability throughout the continent.
GROWTH ACROSS AFRICA AND THE WORLD
Akoin is a new cryptocurrency from global artist and visionary changemaker Akon and is the foundation of the Akoin Ecosystem – a unique global venture that offers an abundance of digital and real-life platforms and tools that create opportunity and inclusion for youth entrepreneurs by allowing consumers to earn, save, and spend cryptocurrency right from their smartphone through a suite of blockchain-powered apps.
Created by Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling artist, producer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Akon, who successfully founded and grew Akon Lighting Africa to provide scaled solar power solutions throughout 18 countries to date in Africa; the Akoin Ecosystem’s exclusive suite of sustainability and growth-building crypto-based apps offer immediate and ongoing new revenue-generating opportunities to stimulate micro-exchanges and financial stability.
- Akon Biography (Akon / Goodreadbiography)