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The mere act of surviving on a day to day basis is the foundation from which a true artist builds his craft. Multi-talented AKON is no exception to this rule. He has had his fair share of adolescent problems with both the legal and school system.
To understand where AKON is right now is just half the equation. The other half lies in where he came from. This artist possesses a unique history. A Senegalese African, AKON moved to the United States when he was seven. His family is headed by legendary percussionist and jazz musician Mor Thiam, whose expertise for playing the Djembe, a traditional African drum, has been touted as "unrivaled." Being brought up in an environment that treasures the true artistic value of musicianship and revels in the mastering of instrumental skill has had a momentous affect on AKON.
AKON's personal appeal and ability to reach a listener is a part of his whole package: a package that includes, most importantly, his distinctive vocals and a relaxed singing style. It is as though he is speaking to you as he sings in a very intimate manner. "When I sing, the sound comes from the mood that I am in. My records are coming straight from the heart," he divulges.
Genuine and honest, AKON's music is a step in a new direction: a trajectory that will lead us on a delightfully fulfilling path. "When I'm on the mic, I'm just giving the listener a part of me." Be prepared to receive it.
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