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