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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.   Immigrants (We Get the Job Done) featuring Residente
  3.   Wavin' Flag
  4.   Take a Minute
  5.   Somalia
  6.   Hurt Me Tomorrow
  7.   If Rap Gets Jealous
  8.   Bang Bang
  9.   Moment
  10.   ABC's
  11.   Waiting Is A Drug
  12.   Dreamer
  13.   What's Hardcore?
  14.   Sleep When We Die by Keith Richards
  15.   70 Excuses
  16.   The Sound Of My Breaking Heart
  17.   The Seed
  18.   Is Anybody Out There?
  19.   Is It a Myth?
  20.   By the End of the Day
  21.   The African Way
  22.   I Come Prepared by Damian "Junior Gong" Marley
  23.   Fire in Freetown
  24.   Fatima
  25.   America
  26.   T.I.A.
  27.   Be Free
  28.   Nothing To Lose
  29.   Wash It Down
  30.   Alone
  31.   On The Other Side
  32.   The Wall
  33.   Bulletproof Pride
  34.   Simple
  35.   Gold In Timbuktu
  36.   Better
  37.   More Beautiful Than Silence
  38.   With God on Our Side
  39.   Rap Gets Jealous
  40.   People Like Me
  41.   15 Minutes Away
  42.   Blues For the Horn
  43.   Until the Lion Learns to Speak
  44.   Boxing My Shadow
  45.   Voices in My Head
  46.   Hoobaale
  47.   In the Beginning
  48.   Strugglin'
  49.   The Dusty Foot Philosopher
  50.   Smile
  51.   My Old Home
  52.   Soobax
  53.   I Was Stabbed by Satan
  54.   Til We Get There
  55.   For Mohamoud (Soviet)
  56.   My God

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