As soon as you hear Akon’s voice, you know it’s him.

His shimmering, soulful voice has propelled countless hits across many genres—from Pop and R&B to Hip Hop and EDM Dance. In addition to his own chart dominating singles he’s made a staggering 300 plus guest appearances for icons including Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani, Quincy Jones, Madonna and Eminem. With over 40 million albums sold worldwide, five Grammy Award nominations, and 45 Billboard Hot 100 song, he’s simply unstoppable.
He has garnered the American Music Award for Favorite R&B Male Artist, Teen Choice Award for Breakout Male Artist, three World Music Awards in the categories of Best-Selling R&B Male Artist, Best Selling African Artist and Best-Selling Internet Artist, and the Billboard Music Award for Artist of the Year. He was listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the #1 selling artists for master ringtones in the world and became the first solo artist in history to lock down both the number one and number two spots on the Billboard Hot 100. He been recognized on Forbes Magazine’s Celebrity 100 list and was named one of the top 10 most powerful figures in Africa.
Today, outside of writing, producing, singing, touring and working on countless collaborations with artist throughout the world, He devotes time to causes close to his heart. Akon Lighting Africa was launched to bring electricity to millions of households and to address the immediate needs of Africans. The initiative tackles the concern that more than two-thirds of the population of Africa is without electricity, and that more than 85 percent of those living in rural areas lack access. In 2018 he launched and founded Akoin, a new cryptocurrency with hopes it will further help African communities by empowering development with an exclusive suite of sustainability and growth-building crypto-based apps that offer immediate and ongoing new revenue-generating opportunities to stimulate financial stability throughout the continent.
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