The Hungarian pop musician known as Ákos was born Kovács Ákos on April 6, 1968 in Budapest, Hungary, in a culture where surnames come first. Outside of his homeland and its immediate vicinity, he is often billed as Akosh Kovacs in order to convey the correct pronunciation and place the surname last so as to conform to Western nominal conventions. Young Kovacs was expected to follow a longstanding family tradition and become a lawyer. Although he idolized controversial Italian film director Pier Paolo Pasolini and grappled with a powerful ambition to devote his life to cinema, Kovacs dutifully earned a degree in foreign trade from Budapest's Corvinus University in 1992. Ákos first attained fame as a member of the synth pop group Bonanza Banzai, with whom he performed for six years beginning in 1989. Some two-dozen recordings were released under his own name during the years 1993-2010, a period during which he achieved considerable popularity. In 2001 and 2004, he collaborated with French rapper Ahkenaton. Ákos is multi-lingual, has published numerous volumes of poetry, designates himself as politically conservative, and is married with several children. He has put out a substantial body of music videos, and in 1999 translated songs by Phil Collins into Hungarian for regional distribution of Walt Disney's animated film Tarzan. This artist is as different as can be from Ákos Szelevényi, a highly regarded multi-instrumentalist associated with free jazz and collective improvisation. In an apparent effort to differentiate himself from Kovacs, Szelevényi has established himself professionally as Akosh S. ~ arwulf arwulfPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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