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Born in Senegal and raised in New Jersey, Akon is a rapper whose unique sound blends silky voicework with African vocals and Southern beats.

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With Akon, Udoka makes a case for women
It is not all the time that male authors in this part of the world devote their time to writing about women or extolling their qualities. But Lagos-based seasoned dancer and writer, Arnold Udoka, appears to have gone the extra mile to make a case for equal participation of the womenfolk in politics in his...  [Read More...]

Chris Brown?s ?X? Track List: Kendrick Lamar, R. Kelly, Trey Songz & More
Chris Brown?s long-delayed sixth album, X, will feature guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar, R. Kelly, Trey Songz, Akon and Brandy, among others....

Exclusive: Listen to Premiere of Niia's 'David's House'
You may not have heard of Niia just yet, but you've probably already heard her voice on at least one occasion. As a guest vocalist on Wyclef Jean's...

Toronto: Saban Films Pays $2 Million For ?American Heist?
Upstart indie shingle Saban Films closed U.S. distribution rights to American Heist , the bank robbery actioner that stars Hayden Christensen, Adrien Brody, Jordana Brewster, Tory Kittles and Aliaune "Akon" Thiam. Deal followed its Toronto premiere last night. Paradigm brokered. Related: Adrien Brody, Jordana Brewster & Akon Join 'American Heist'?

Michael Jackson Duet with Akon, ?Hold My Hand? Music Video
There were initially rumors about the authenticity of the music recordings as to whether it was really the deceased Michael Jackson who recorded it or not. But the album of the King of Pop is still set for release entitled ?Michael.? The first single from the album is entitled ?Hold [?] Michael Jackson Duet with Akon, ?Hold My Hand? Music Video is a copyrighted article from Showbiz Renegade

Stern measures needed to tackle human trafficking: Bora
Guwahati: Assam Social Welfare Minister Akon Bora on Wednesday said stern measures have to be adopted to address the issue of human trafficking and that awareness has to be created among the masses about the social evil. Speaking at the two-day Regional Conference of North Eastern States and Sikkim on ?Addressing Trafficking of Women and Children? here, Bora said his Social Welfare Department ...

Saban Films Acquiring Action-Thriller American Heist
Haim Saban, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saban Capital Group, Inc., announced today that Saban Films is closing in on a deal to acquire the U.S. distribution rights to Sarik Andreasyan action-thriller American Heist , starring Hayden Christensen, Academy Award Winner Adrien Brody, Jordana Brewster, Tory Kittles and Aliaune "Akon" Thiam. The film had its world premiere last night at ...

Chris Brown?s ?X? Tracklist Includes Kendrick Lamar, R. Kelly & Trey Songz
Chris Brown?s long-awaited sixth album, X , is on the way. After announcing its Sept. 16 release date, Breezy now drops the album?s promising tracklist. In addition to singles ?Loyal? and ?New Flame,? X includes collaborations with R. Kelly (?Drown In It?) and Akon (?Came To Do?). The singer will release a 17-track standard edition as well as a 21-track deluxe version. The album also includes a ...

Suge Knight Shows Off Gruesome Gunshot Wounds and Scars
Suge Knight should know by now that nothing good happens after 1 a.m. There was that time he faced off with Akon's manager in an Arizona hotel lobby in the middle of the night in 2009...

Chris Brown Drops ?X? Tracklisting
The album features the hit "Loyal" featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga, "New Flame" with Usher and Rick Ross, and the Nicki Minaj-assisted "Love More." Also, a 21-track deluxe editio features appearances from Trey Songz, R. Kelly, Akon, Kendrick Lamar, and Aaliyah, with production from Diplo, Timbaland, Polow Da Don, Danja, and Drumma Boy.

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His real name is Aliaune Thiam.
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