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Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, just as the civil unrest that rocked the country was beginning, rapper K'NAAN spent the early years of his life trying to avoid death and listening to the hip-hop records sent to him from America by his father, who had left Somalia earlier. When K'NAAN (whose name means "traveler" in Somali) was 13, he, his mother, and his two siblings were able to leave their homeland and join relatives in Harlem, where they stayed briefly before moving to Rexdale, Ontario, where there was a large Somali community. As soon as his English started improving he began rapping, and in tenth grade he dropped out of school and traveled around North America for two years, performing occasionally. Through his friendship with Sol Guy, part of promotion team Direct Current Media, K'NAAN was able to perform at the United Nations' 50th anniversary concert in 1999, held in Geneva, where he used his platform to publicly criticize the United Nations' handling of the Somali crisis in the 1990s. One of the audience members, Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour, was so impressed by the young MC's performance and courage that he invited him to contribute to his 2001 album Building Bridges, a project through which K'NAAN was able to tour the world. In 2002, he met Jarvis Church, part of the Track and Field Productions team that helped propel Nelly Furtado to fame, a connection that eventually led to a record. The Dusty Foot Philosopher came out in Canada in 2005, and was followed with tour spots with Mos Def and Talib Kweli, as well as a performance at Live 8. In 2007, the live album On the Road appeared and then, two years later, the album Troubadour became K'NAAN's first for the major-label A&M. After his track "Wavin' Flag" became the anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, his More Beautiful Than Silence EP arrived in 2012. ~ Marisa Brown
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  1.   Song
  2.   Wavin' Flag
  3.   Immigrants (We Get the Job Done) featuring Rene "Residente"
  4.   Bang Bang
  5.   ABC's
  6.   Take a Minute
  7.   Somalia
  8.   If Rap Gets Jealous
  9.   Hurt Me Tomorrow
  10.   Moment
  11.   Is Anybody Out There?
  12.   Fatima
  13.   T.I.A.
  14.   Strugglin'
  15.   On The Other Side
  16.   Bulletproof Pride
  17.   Is It a Myth?
  18.   I Come Prepared by Damian "Junior Gong" Marley
  19.   America
  20.   Voices in My Head
  21.   In the Beginning
  22.   Wash It Down
  23.   Alone
  24.   Sleep When We Die by Keith Richards
  25.   The Wall
  26.   70 Excuses
  27.   The Sound Of My Breaking Heart
  28.   Simple
  29.   Waiting Is A Drug
  30.   Gold In Timbuktu
  31.   The Seed
  32.   Better
  33.   More Beautiful Than Silence
  34.   Nothing To Lose
  35.   With God on Our Side
  36.   By the End of the Day
  37.   The African Way
  38.   People Like Me
  39.   Fire in Freetown
  40.   Dreamer
  41.   15 Minutes Away
  42.   Til We Get There
  43.   Blues For the Horn
  44.   Until the Lion Learns to Speak
  45.   For Mohamoud (Soviet)
  46.   Smile
  47.   What's Hardcore?
  48.   Soobax
  49.   My Old Home
  50.   Be Free
  51.   Hoobaale
  52.   The Dusty Foot Philosopher
  53.   I Was Stabbed by Satan
  54.   Boxing My Shadow
  55.   My God

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