Akon in 2010, Featureflash / Shutterstock.com

Birth Name: Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam

Place of Birth: St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 16, 1973

Ethnicity: Wolof Senegalese

Akon is an American singer, songwriter, businessperson, record producer, and actor. He is also known as A-Kon and El Negreeto.

He was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the son of Kine Gueye Thiam (née Gueye), a dancer, and Mor Thiam (born Mor Dogo Thiam), a drummer, cultural historian, and entertainment consultant. His father was born in Kaolack, Senegal, to a Toucouleur family. He is of Wolof descent (the Wolof are an ethnic group in Senegal, Gambia, and Mauritania). Akon spent time in Senegal during his childhood, as well as Union City, and Newark, in New Jersey.

Akon’s style of music is a blend of West African vocals mixed with hip hop rhymes.

Akon is a Muslim.

He has (at least) nine children.


Curious about ethnicity

36 Responses

  1. Adamina says:

    I think anyone with Senegalese or Senegambian ancestry (whether little or not) can agree that we are really good looking. Akon is living proof

  2. slowdive says:

    I didn’t think he was ever African-American due to how dark he is but he doesn’t look Fulani to me. They’re usually a bit lighter.

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