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Akon's Ultimate Playlist

Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam - known to you and I as plain old Akon - is one of the biggest and most influential stars in the music world.

Alongside his musical successes - three hugely successful albums and a string of hit singles - he has also been active in helping to bring energy to his native Africa, with the Akon Lighting Africa initiative, which aims to bring solar power to Africa.

He now launches his latest single, Tell Me We're OK, by teaming up with Shell and Pavegen to raise awareness of the need for access to energy, with the video featuring footage shot at the launch of Africa's first human and solar-powered football pitch in Lagos, Nigeria.

To celebrate the release, we spoke to Akon to discover his Ultimate Playlist, and the stories behind the choices.

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