|Senegalese born hip hop artiste Akon will be performing live at the Diamond Jubilee Hall on June 16.|
By Correspondent Anne Mucheke
Senegalese born hip hop artiste Akon will be performing live at the Diamond Jubilee Hall on June 16.
EA Radio presenter Dennis Busulwa ‘Ssebo’ told the press yesterday that this will be the artiste’s first appearance in East Africa.
The singer is expected to arrive with his five-man entourage a day before the concert.
The singer, who is best known for the hit song Lonely, has received wide acclaim for his music in the US where he currently resides. Akon’s trip is facilitated by East Africa Radio and Television stations who stated that they are proud to welcome home a son of Africa.
East African artistes who will also perform at the concert include Suma Lee, Noorah (Tanzania), Kenya’s Nonini and Necessary Noize and Uganda’s Bebe Cool and Ngoni.
The concert is organised by James Kinsey of Dusk Til Dawn Entertainment and sponsored by Celtel.
Kinsey told journalists that he had been waiting for an opportunity to organise a concert like this for long but lacked the right people to partner with.
‘I am excited to be part of an event that is different from what I am used to,’ he said.
Akon’s debut album Trouble has sold over four million units worldwide.
His hit singles include Locked Up, Ghetto, Lonely, Bananza and Pot of Gold.
Born Aliaune Thiam, Akon grew up in Senegal before moving with his family to the United States.
After settling in New Jersey, Akon taught himself to play different percussion instruments before discovering hip hop.
His father Mor Thiam is also a jazz percussionist.
Advance tickets for the show will cost 20,000/- and gate charges will be 30,000/-.