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 was born in St. Louis, Missouri. 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 spent time in Senegal during his childhood, as well as 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 six children.