Real name: Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Bongo Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam
Akon was born in St. Louis and spent much of his childhood in the West African country Senegal which he describes as his hometown. The child of a dancer mother and a percussionist father Mor Thiam. Akon learned to play five instruments including drums guitar and djembe. At age 7 he moved with his family to Union City New Jersey splitting his time between the United States and Senegal until settling in Newark New Jersey. Growing up in New Jersey Akon had difficulties getting along with other children. When he and his older brother reached high school his parents left them on their own in Jersey City and moved the rest of the family to Atlanta Georgia.