Wednesday, February 16, 2011
K'naan: a Somali singer-songwriter repping East Africa
He moved to Toronto at 13 and learned English with the help of Eric B & Rakim records - which helps lend grittiness to his storytelling.
But in "Fatima," performed here, he tells the story of a lost childhood friend with gentle humor and a sober understanding of what our loved ones leave behind.
That song is sandwiched between two magnificent inspirational anthems: "Wavin' Flag" and "Take a Minute," both of which are as uplifting as they are shot through with real-world perspective.
"Take a minute" references Gandhi and Nelson Mandela and the violence his family experienced in Somalia.
K'naan has the makings of a global superstar who's as inspiring as his songs are infectious, believes NPR.
A French-Canadian Media College performed a terrific lip-dub version of the K'naan song, "Wavin' Flag." See it here.