The Senegalese-American recording artist talks frankly about US race relations, “rebranding” Africa, and his music.
Akon talks to Al Jazeera about running his musical career as a business; his projects – both philanthropic and artistic; singing songs for peace and whether he thinks it can really make an impact; and being an African in the US.
The Senegalese-American rapper, who spent most of his life in the US, still holds Africa close to his heart.
His initiative, known as “Akon Lighting Africa” programme, aims to bring clean electricity to 49 African countries by the end of 2020.
However, in an interview with Talk to Al Jazeera, he turned his attention to the increase in US police brutality and his views on life as an African-American.