Personalities | Akon | Twenty-First Century | Rock

(Vocals, b. 1981)

Senegalese-American ex-convict Akon’s rise to fame has been swift, and his ability to stay there is testament to his musical ability. The rap and hip hop star (born Aliaune Badara Akon Thiam) arrived with debut single ‘Locked Up’ in 2004, and has since been nominated for six Grammys; he even held the top two positions in the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously. The following year he started his own record label, Konvict Muzik, and has featured on tracks by artists from Eminem to Michael Jackson.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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