Hip-hop artist Akon: Lawmaking is 'a team effort'
© Judy Kurtz

Hip hop music star Akon says the public and lawmakers must work together in “a team effort,” saying voters have to communicate with politicians in order for them to effectively do their jobs.

During a news conference Thursday at the National Press Club in downtown Washington, the five-time Grammy nominee told a crowd of journalists, “Our elected officials are there to serve us, and we have to be in the position that we can properly communicate whatever our issues are and properly communicate whatever it is that we’re dealing with that they can help us overcome.” 

“It’s a team effort,” he added. “It’s impossible for them to make all the decisions without having the communication.” 

The “Smack That” singer, appearing subdued yet confident as he spoke, wearing a white tuxedo-style jacket, was capping off a whirlwind trip to the nation’s capital to attend the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. Akon, who was born in the United States but grew up in Senegal, is the founder of Akon Lighting Africa, a project that aims to bring electricity to one million African homes by the end of the year. 

“This has probably been the most productive week we’ve had” since starting the group, he said of his time in the District.