Popular Senegalese-American singer Akon, due to perform at concerts in Gurgaon and Bangalore April 16 and 17 respectively, will be accompanied by his wife and a crew of 22 people, including three bodyguards.
“Akon and his family consider India their favourite vacation spot apart from Brazil. In fact, if Akon and his wife can find time from their hectic schedule, they plan to visit the Gateway of India and go on Mumbai ‘darshan’ (sight seeing) on an open double decker bus,” said a source.
“Akon, who is quite a sports lover and enjoys football in particular, intends to play some football in between his concerts,” said the source.
The 37-year-old will be provided king size beds and his room will be located away from elevators, ice machines, high traffic areas, and housekeeping room as he prefers a noise-free environment, said the source.
A licensed massage therapist, massage table, massage chair and essential oils will be provided to Akon to beat stress and feel rejuvenated, considering that he will be performing at back to back concerts.
Akon, who is famous for songs like “Beautiful”, “Lonely”, “Right Now”, “Dangerous”, “I’m So Paid” and “Angel”, has also demanded for a few specific things.
“While Bryan Adams requested for 100 white towels, Akon has requested for 100 black towels. All meals in dressing rooms will be served in chaffing dishes and covered by clear plastic wrap only. Akon doesn’t like the concept of take away food and prefers his meals served hot,” said the source.
“Being a health freak, Akon would require a juicer and blender for juicing and making smoothies. Strictly no pork, Chinese and fast foods will be served to Akon and his touring staff.”
On the days of the performances, the performer will enter the stage through a special curtain and special tactics such as airbursts, quick shot jets and bangs will be used for special effects.
For the percussion solo medley, gas flames in red, yellow and green colours will erupt across the stage at regular intervals.
A “waterfall of fire” will erupt across the stage from the ceiling to give an unimaginable feel to the concert. For the final song “Sexy Bitch”, confetti cannons with different coloured confetti, will be fired from the edge of the stage towards the crowd, to create a rainbow effect.
According to sources, Akon will also be considering a few Bollywood tie-ups this year. Apparently, he has been offered to act in a Hindi film after he made headlines with Shahrukh Khan and “Ra.One”.
Speaking of collaborations, Akon has worked extensively with Aadesh Srivastava and is considering working with Sunidhi Chauhan. However, nothing is confirmed in this regard, said the source.
The Venky’s Akon Live In Concert is being brought to the country by Netsurf Entertainment and B.M. Group and IVNO Events and Productions, in association with Thrive Entertainment and S. Raj Entertainment. Venky’s, the single largest poultry brand in Asia, is the title sponsor of the two concerts.