A young refugee from the troubles of his native Somalia, K’Naan partly taught himself to speak English by listening to rap and hip hop, copying the sounds of the words even before he understood their meaning. He has gone on to become one of the leading musicians of his generation, just last year performing at the Hollywood Bowl for Bill Clinton’s 65th birthday alongside the likes of Bono and Stevie Wonder.  K’Naan’s style has been described as a mix of Bob Marley, hip hop and protest, and he has toured with the likes of Nelly Furtado, Mos Def and Will.i.am. Yet there are also the echoes of his homeland in his compositions that have earned him a BBC Radio 3 award for World Music. And he has collaborated with poet and Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour. But just as the social content runs through his music, so too does it through his life: he has spoken out about the United Nations operation in Somalia and called on the Canadian government to increase aid to Somalia.  After the success of his single ‘Wave the Flag’ and album ‘Troubador’, he is now in the studio recording the next album, ‘God, Country or the Girl’. ‘Hurt Me Tomorrow’ is the new single.


Pierfrancesco Pacoda

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