| Akon |
Belly Dancer (Bananza)
August 8 th 2005
Hot new US R&B sensation AKON, follows his huge number 1 smash “Lonely”, with the release on August 8th of the equally addictive “Belly Dancer (Bananza)”.
Click here to watch the video for Bananza (Belly Dancer)
The single, also taken from Akon’s 500,000 selling debut album “Trouble”, features a sample from the Funboy Three classic “The Lunatics (Have Taken Over The Asylum)” and looks set to give Akon his third smash single in the UK. Akon broke onto the music scene when he scored a huge hit on both sides of the Atlantic with his debut “Locked Up”, following it up with one of the biggest songs of the year, the hugely catchy “Lonely”. The formats are as follows CD - Radio edit, Trouble Nobody ; Maxi - album version, Trouble Nobody, Instrumental, Video and Ri ngtone; 12” - album version, Instrumental, Acapella .
| Akon was born in Senegal and moved with his family to the US at the age of seven. His father, legendary percussionist and jazz musician Mor Thiam, raised Akon to believe in and understand the power and influence that music could have. It was this deep rooted love and passion for music, evolving from filial admiration, which allowed him to turn his life around, despite his trouble as a youth residing in New Jersey. AKON began playing several different percussion instruments and eventually embraced hip-hop music and culture, despite his initial disdain for the genre. "When I first heard hip-hop I thought it was rubbish because I didn't understand the concept of people talking over music," AKON recalls, "But as I started growing up, living a little and listening to the lyrics, I realized that I was going through a lot of stuff these rappers were talking about and I could relate." |
“Trouble” showcases the many different sides to Akon’s personality. "Bananza (Belly Dance)" represents the seductive and sensual side of his character and features a unique dance rhythm coupled with a distinct wind instrumentation floating in the background; the more sombre, soulful "Ghetto" and the meditative, impressive "Journey," offer an in-depth look into a harsher world, one that is just as gripping as it is chilling.
AKON's personal appeal and ability to reach the listener comes from his distinctively relaxed singing style. It is as though he is speaking to you as he sings in a very intimate manner.
"TROUBLE evolved from the struggles I went through and what I did and am still doing to correct those things," offers AKON, who has had his fair share of adolescent problems with both the legal and school system, as is reflected in his redemption song "Trouble Nobody." "I've got a habit of writing about everything I go through," he explains, "and this album gives a glimpse of where I am now."