Akon Opens Up About His Comeback, Ozuna Collab and Special Connection With Latin Urban Music

Akon Opens Up About His Comeback, Ozuna Collab and Special Connection With Latin Urban Music


Akon might need been within the midst of an eight-year hiatus, however little did we all know that he was whipping up his extremely awaited comeback, which is available in a brand new video with Ozuna.

The St. Louis-born artist, identified for his timeless hits corresponding to “I Wanna Love You” and “Lonely,” returned to the music scene in a collaboration with “El Negrito de Ojos Claros,” dropping the sensual Spanglish single “Comentale.” The colourful music video was filmed within the Dominican Republic by Nuno Gomes and at present amasses over 22 million video views on YouTube.

“Ozuna jogged my memory of myself after I was beginning my profession,” he tells Streets Talkin in an unique interview of working with the Puerto Rican artist. The two singers met because of Hiro Oshima, Sr. VP of Konvict Muzik and Akon’s supervisor.

“I wasn’t accustomed to him however I began doing my analysis and realized that he was just like the Latino model of me. When we met, we related immediately, it’s like we’ve identified one another for years,” he says, including that the duo has 4 extra data up their sleeves.

Although that is the primary time we've heard Akon singing in Spanish in a Latin city track, Akon admits he’s all the time vouched for the style as a result of he’s all the time been surrounded by Dominicans and Puerto Ricans, who he says, are like household to him.

“It’s their time now. I’ve seen how they’ve been working for a very long time to compete with a significant market once they have been thought of underground to a home viewers,” he says of old-school reggaeton artists within the Latin city scene. “Reggaeton has all the time been huge — solely that nobody knew what it was and didn’t perceive it. But folks favored it. The similar factor occurred with reggae and home/techno music. This is time for Latin American artists to take benefit, and the youthful technology is doing the job.”

It’s additionally the right time for Akon, who, regardless that he’s labored with artists corresponding to Aventura, Tego Calderon, and Don Omar previously, he’s exploring a brand new aspect of him within the Hispanic market.

“I’m going to work with everybody. I like collaborating,” he says, fessing that an all-Spanish album is within the works that includes collabs with Farruko, Zion & Lennox, Nacho, and Anuel AA to call a couple of. “I embrace the tradition to the purpose that my nickname is ‘El Negreeto’… I’m loving this!”

But Akon isn’t not working, and few may know that when he was not making music, he was doing humanitarian work in Africa — offering 17 nations with solar energy power in lower than three years. “‘Akon Lighting Africa’ is one other superb undertaking in my life,” he says. “I needed to provide again to my folks in Africa, who’re my greatest supporters. I give credit score to them for my fame.”

With the success of his ble enterprise, Akon additionally tells Streets Talkin that he had the wholehearted intention to assist Puerto Ricans after the disastrous Hurricane Maria left virtually all the island with out energy in September 2017. “We put out a proposal to offer solar energy to Puerto Rico,” he says. “We have been going to have the entire place lit up in three months nevertheless it was denied by the federal government.”

While fulfilling his dream of serving to others, Akon guarantees followers that his comeback to the music biz will probably be higher than ever now that he treats it as a ardour and never a profession.

“Music is enjoyable. I don’t wish to take it so significantly,” he says. “I simply wish to be in a peaceable and joyful area. Working with the Latin market has allowed me to be inventive and has opened many doorways for me, musically.”