By Osagie Alonge
Just less than a week since US rapper Kanye West signed the entire Mo’Hits crew to his G.O.O.D Music record label, US pop singing sensation Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam simply known as Akon has hinted that he will be working with Nigerian pop star 2face Idibia in the nearest future.
Akon a Grammy Award winning act took to his twitter account in the early hours of Sunday, June 12, 2011 to tweet a picture of 2face and himself in Atlanta, Georgia, US.
‘Me and @2faceidibia working on a master plan in Atlanta! The world is not ready! African Connection‘, Akon tweeted along with the picture.
Do we see a similar pattern with what D’banj started off with a few months ago? Has Akon seen the potential in 2face and probably wants to sign him on to his Konvict Muzik or Kon Live Distribution label?
It’s not the first time Akon is identifying with a nigerian act. A brief romance with Faze met with a lot of controversies around 2008, after Akon, who had met and discussed business opportunities with Faze in Accra, reportedly denied knowing him or planning to sign him. He would later withdraw his statement, even putting out a video statement to give props to Faze.
Faze and 2face are both former members of Plantashun Boiz – a nineties R&B group.
Quick NET Facts
1. According to Forbes, Akon grossed $21 million in 2010, $20 million in 2009 and $12 million in 2008.
2. The Senegalese born R&B act released his debut album ‘Trouble’ in 2004 and has since worked with top acts like Michael Jackson, R. Kelly, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Quincy Jones, Eminem and Whitney Houston.
3. Pop star Lady Gaga is signed to Akon’s Kon Live Distribution and has released 3 platinum selling albums under it
4. 2face Idibia and D’banj have been nominated at this year’s BET awards in the ‘Best International Act: Africa’ category
5. 2Face and Akon have been acquainted for a while and have bth been considering working together since Akon’s ‘Lonely’ days
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