Birth Name: Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam
Place of Birth: St. Louis, Missouri
Date of Birth: April 30, 1973
Ethnicity: Wolof Senegalese
Akon is an American singer, rapper, songwriter, businessperson, record producer, and actor. His father, Mor Thiam (born Mor Dogo Thiam), is a drummer, cultural historian, and entertainment consultant, who was born in Dakar, Senegal. He is of Wolof descent (the Wolof are an ethnic group in Senegal, Gambia, and Mauritania).
Akon’s unique style of music is a blend of West African vocals mixed with hip hop rhymes.
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