Sunday with Akon: ‘I’ve got a bowling alley in my basement’

The singer on junk food, quietness and perfect peace

Sunday morning? These last few years I never know where I’ll wake up. Recent Sundays have been in Australia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and London, too. Wherever I am, Sunday is often a day off. I spend most of my time under the comforter in a hotel room, watching Netflix and drinking peppermint tea.

And at home? Sleep, mostly. And hanging out with the kids in Atlanta. There’s always a schedule if they’re around: movies, sports, bowling… I’ve got an alley in my basement, that helps. Even then I’m not in the kitchen. Sundays are for ordering junk food: wings, burgers, that sort of thing.

Do you work? Sometimes. The music I make on Sundays is more family friendly… You don’t want too many ‘shake-your-asses’ on the Lord’s day. Else I might be playing a birthday or barmitzvah.

What’s playing? Sunday is quiet – the peace does me good. Silence is the soundtrack to a day off in the music industry.

A religious day? Every day is spiritual; I’m not a religious person. Religious knowledge is passed down depending on who knows what; it’s not always accurate.

Sundays growing up? They were for family. Mum would cook huge meals and picnics in the backyard – the community gathered. Mostly I would play hide and seek – or fight – with my cousins. Sometimes we’d go fishing for catfish in the lake behind the backyard.

Do you work out? It depends how I feel. I only exercise when I feel I need to. I’ve not got a work-out schedule: my body tells me when I need to hit the gym.

A perfect Atlanta Sunday? A few games at the TopGolf driving range, then to the Avalon centre for soul food and shopping.

Akon’s TT Freak, released via Konvict Kulture, is out now


Michael Segalov

The GuardianTramp

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