K’naan, the dusty foot philosopher as he’s nicknamed, was originally born in Somalia and fled to North America with family at the age of thirteen. He lived in New York City and now resides in Toronto, and has a great story to tell through his lyrics. I mentioned him earlier in talking about the emergence of hip-hop worldwide, especially in eastern Africa.
“An elegant ambassador of peace, K’naan rhymes against violence because he has never forgotten the good fortune he had to escape death in his home country. From a personal and cultural history rooted in poetry (his grandfather is one of Somalia’s most famous poets), K’naan is widening the global hip-hop perspective.”
Calabash Music talked about K’naan earlier this week and are offering two free tracks from his newest album. Calabash is a unique music site offering free music from international musicians on a weekly basis.