Akani was born in Northridge, California to Puerto Rican parents. At the age of four the family relocated to their native island of Puerto Rico until moving back to the mainland during his teens. Indoctrinated into the world of music at the tender age of five, it didn't take long for the other members in his church choir to realize that the young Boricua was an exceptional talent. This introduction to song through religion established a firm bond between music and spirituality that lies at the foundation of his musical sensibilities. By the age of seventeen forays into poetry and songwriting only served to expedite the inevitable. The standout knew it was absolutely necessary to step out on his own and embark on a solo career outside of the church. Call it rebellion or just coming of age but the young vocalist felt he had to find and define himself as an artist. His unique style is a direct result of his eclectic range of musical influences . As he was creatively nurtured by the sounds of Rock and R&B just as intimately as he was by Hip Hop or Reggaeton. As a songwriter, Akani possesses the trademarks skills of all the greats, the artistic courage to allow one's self to become truly vulnerable and the gift of an innate understanding of the vibrant exchange between artist and listener. 'Poeta Sufrido' is a 13 track testament to Orlando raised Boricua's personal, as well as artistic, redemption. A little over 6 months ago he had grown so disillusioned with the glass maze of bogus industry credentials and empty promises and he gave up recording altogether. Then the unforeseeable death of his younger brother in a tragic accident which dealt the final blow to whatever creative aspirations were left in him. But it was this period of immense sadness and tribulation that led him back to his first love, music. 'I had just moved to Arizona, I was feeling alone and lost and just trying to make ends meet. Eventually, I just started to write my feelings down again. It wasn't anything conscious; I mean I'd catch myself singing along to the radio, writing on a napkin or whatever. It reminded me what I loved about doing this. I definitely won't forget again.'
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