Akon Akon (born Aliaune Thiam in Senegal in 1979) is an R&B singer who grew up in Senegal, and from the age of seven, New Jersey. He is the son of jazz percussionist Mor Thiam. Akon released his debut album ''Trouble'' in 2004, which included the singles "Locked Up (Remix)" (featuring Styles P), "Lonely", "Bananza (Belly Dancer)", "Pot Of Gold" and "Ghetto".