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Rahman-Akon join forces for new album
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MUMBAI: Academy Award winning composer A R Rahman and American hip-hop singer Akon have joined forces to work together on a new album titled Freedom is Beautiful which also features artistes like Colby O'Donis and Kardinal Offishall.

Soon after the Oscars this year, music industry observers had predicted that Rahman's win would break the barrier between the east and the west. Looking at Rahman's popularity in Asia, it was Akon who decided to work with Rahman on this project which is a conglomeration of bhangra and hip-hop. The song's video featuring Rahman will be released on 23 March in India.

Meanwhile, Akon is also said to have contacted Sonu Niigaam, wellknown Bollywood playback singer who is touted as the "next Mohammed Rafi", for a similar project.

Akon rose to fame in India with the song 'Mr Lonely', an international chartbuster featured in his debut album Trouble and this magic was repeated in 'Smack that' (Konvicted). His 'Belly dancer' from his debut album 'Trouble' did well too, making Akon an international symbol of hip-hop music.

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