akon-pointInternational Artist Akon will supposed to have a concert tomorrow in Araneta Coliseum, May 23, but it was move to July 4 for some reasons.

Akon’s Freedom Tour Concert producers, the ALV Events International, OctoArts Entertainment, Solar Entertainment and Regal Multimedia Inc. assures all ticket holders that they would still honor the same ticket prior to its rescheduled date this coming July 4 at the same venue as well.

Akon has claimed in interviews that his full name is Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam[3] although there is some ambiguity and debate about Akon’s legal name and birth date. Akon is usually credited as Aliaune Thiam.[4][5] In addition to the longer form, Akon’s full name has been reported both as Aliaune Badara Thiam and Alioune Badara Thiam [6] and claims that this middle name has never been independently verified.[7] In regards to his birth date, some media institutions have reported that Akon was born in 1981. Other sources, including the AP, have indicated that Akon was born in 1973.

Legal documents released by The Smoking Gun list Akon’s name as Aliaune Damala Thiam and his date of birth as 1973-04-30[8] or 1973-04-16.[9] According to the Smoking Gun article, “By all indications, he was born April 16, 1973.”[10] When asked his age during an interview with VIBE, Akon reportedly responded, “The only thing I hide is my age… before I lie to you, I’d rather say nothing.”[10] It has since been reported that his birth certificate reads that he was born in 1977.

Early life
As the son of famed Senegalese percussionist Mor Thiam, Akon was raised in a musical setting and taught to play several instruments. At the age of 7, he spent time between America and Senegal until he was 15, then he moved permanently to Jersey City, New Jersey.[11]

During Akon’s alleged time in jail for 12 years, he began to understand his music abilities and developed an appreciation for his musical background. Akon’s unique blend of West African-style, skills and moves eventually caught the ears of executives at Universal. Akon began writing and recording tracks in his home studio. The tapes found their way to SRC/Universal, which released Akon’s debut LP Trouble in June 2004. The album is a hybrid of Akon’s silky, West African-styled vocals mixed with East Coast and Southern beats. Most of Akon’s songs begin with the sound of the clank of a jail cell’s door with him uttering the word “Konvict”.[12]

Personal life
Akon is a Muslim,[13] as he explains he has never drunk alcohol or smoked due to his faith. He has also been rumored to have three wives, however the actual figure is unknown. He claims to have five children with three different women in an interview with Blender.[14] He states that his religion made him a better person, and provides guidance to how he acts among others in life.[15]

He also has his own charity for underprivileged children in Africa called Konfidence Foundation.[16] Akon owns a diamond mine in South Africa and denies the existence of conflict diamonds (Otherwise casually referred to as ‘blood diamonds’), saying, “I don’t even believe in conflict diamonds. That’s just a movie. Think about it. Ain’t nobody thought about nothing about no conflict diamonds until the movie came out.”[17] He also allegedly had a previous occupation as a drug dealer but has stated in interviews that he’s never used drugs, though some of his lyrics would suggest otherwise. Despite his alleged criminal history, he proclaims that he has turned his life around

I feel bad about this sched. I wil be out of town this date..


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Posted on May 30, 2009, in ANNOUNCEMENT and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. sumaila ibrahim haruna

    i love very very very very much and love your songs [freedom senegal westafrica ghana] from ghana konvict

  2. the idol i worship is AKON

  3. oi akon eu seou a tua fã numero 1 eu ouso a tua música de gaby

  4. i love uu i love u akon very much

  5. hye im jevell ask if i can hug out with u i song with i have soo good songs writing i jus need as studio to start off checj me out on facebook large respect

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