Akon

Musician, Entrepreneur, Businessman and Philanthropist

Akon Lighting

Akon is a musician, entrepreneur, businessman and philanthropist. He came into prominence after the release of his song ‘Locked Up’ from his debut album ‘Trouble.’. Born in an African musicians’ family, he has always been grateful to his family’s musical background as it paved the way for his success in the American music industry.

His big break came soon after forming a friendship and mentorship with music mogul Devyne Stephens, who helmed the careers of Usher and Alicia Keys. Later, Akon started his own label, Kon Live Distribution, under Interscope Records. 

Akon has collaborated with Eminem, Snoop Dog and lady Gaga.  He has also earned Grammy nominations for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. He co-wrote the Lady Gaga hit "Just Dance," which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording, and following the death of close friend Michael Jackson, he released their duet "Hold My Hand." He also collaborated with house music icon David Guetta.

 

Apart from his music success, Akon has several projects and charities in Africa. He founded Akon Lighting Africa, a solar power initiative that provides electricity in 14 African countries, and he established the Konfidence Foundation to support underprivileged Senegalese children. He also owns a conflict-free diamond mine in South Africa.  His latest initiative is the Akon city to be built in Senegal.