Akon filmed at Mecca just before it was closed due to coronavirus

This is the moment Akon visits the Holy Kaaba in the Islamic holy site of Mecca just before its closure amid coronavirus fears.

The Smack That and Lonely hitmaker, who was born in a Muslim family and spent much of his childhood in Senegal, was taking part in the Umrah pilgrimage at the sacred site in Saudi Arabia on March 4.

Rap star Akon, 46, was visiting Saudi Arabia as part of his world tour and he announced that he was taking part in the Umrah pilgrimage ahead of his concert in the city of Damman.

In a recent interview, Akon attributed his music success to his faith and he was reportedly taking part in the pilgrimage with family members.

He also said that he had been waiting to visit Saudi Arabia for years and that he is planning to return in April this year.

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He wrote on Instagram for his 6.7 million followers: “Saudi Arabia was crazy!! Thanks again Saudi for the love once again.”

Akon rose to fame in 2004 following the release of Locked Up, the first single from his debut album Trouble.

Saudi authorities have reopened the Al-Haram Mosque in Mecca and Al-Masjid al Nabawy in Medina, after they were closed to halt the spread of COVID-19 last week.

The sites were reportedly closed to foreign pilgrims and traditional tourists from around 25 countries to stop the spread of the virus.

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Saudi Arabia has reported five cases of the virus.

Umrah, sometimes called the "lesser pilgrimage", can be undertaken at any time of the year, unlike the Ḥajj pilgrimage which has specific dates according to the Islamic lunar calendar.

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