Akon Talks Solar Energy for Senegal
Born in the U.S. and raised in Senegal, Akon said he’s a businessman first and a musician second. He has taken his brand beyond his art and he’s taken it to Africa, according to an AlJazeera interview.
The “Smack That” singer owns a clothing line in New York City, a diamond mine in South Africa, and an African solar lighting company.
He was listed as the No. 1-selling artist in the world for ringtones by the Guinness Book of World Records. He is the first solo artist to hold both the No. 1 and No. 2 spots simultaneously on Billboard Hot 100 charts — twice.
The American rhythm and blues and hip hop recording artist, songwriter, and record producer was born in 1973 in St. Louis, Missouri, to Senegalese parents. He spent much of his childhood in Senegal without…