FILE - Akon
CAIRO – 18 March 2019: Famed American singer Akon will perform live at Life Park in Dammam, Saudi Arabia on Friday, March 22, 2019.
Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam is an American-Senegalese singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and actor who was born on April 16, 1973.
He rose to fame in 2004 after releasing "Locked Up" which was the first single from his first album, "Trouble".
He has since founded two successful record labels, Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution.
The labels served as a stepping stone for many soon-to-be successful stars, most notably Lady Gaga, T-Pain, R. City, Kardinall Offishall and Red Café, among others.
His second album "Konvicted" received three nominations for the Grammy Awards in two categories, Best Contemporary R&B Album for "Konvicted" and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Smack That" and "I Wanna Love You".
He is the first solo artist to hold both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice.
Akon has had four songs certified as 3× platinum, three songs certified as 2× platinum, more than 10 songs certified as 1× platinum and more than 10 songs certified as gold in digital sales.
Akon has sung songs in other languages including Tamil, Hindi, and Spanish.
He was listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the #1 selling artist for master ringtones in the world.
It is worth mentioning that Egyptian star Amr Diab will perform on the same day and in the same place in Saudi Arabia.