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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.   Bang Bang
  4.   Somalia
  5.   ABC's
  6.   Take a Minute
  7.   Hurt Me Tomorrow
  8.   If Rap Gets Jealous
  9.   Moment
  10.   Blues For the Horn
  11.   Is Anybody Out There?
  12.   The Dusty Foot Philosopher
  13.   Sleep When We Die
  14.   Fatima
  15.   America
  16.   Simple
  17.   Be Free
  18.   15 Minutes Away
  19.   Strugglin'
  20.   Alone
  21.   The Sound Of My Breaking Heart
  22.   Gold In Timbuktu
  23.   The Seed
  24.   Is It a Myth?
  25.   I Come Prepared by Damian "Junior Gong" Marley
  26.   Dreamer
  27.   Til We Get There
  28.   Until the Lion Learns to Speak
  29.   For Mohamoud (Soviet)
  30.   Wash It Down
  31.   On The Other Side
  32.   The Wall
  33.   Bulletproof Pride
  34.   70 Excuses
  35.   Waiting Is A Drug
  36.   Coming to America
  37.   Better
  38.   More Beautiful Than Silence
  39.   Nothing To Lose
  40.   The African Way
  41.   T.I.A.
  42.   People Like Me
  43.   Fire in Freetown
  44.   Boxing My Shadow
  45.   Voices in My Head
  46.   Hoobaale
  47.   In the Beginning
  48.   Smile
  49.   I Was Stabbed by Satan
  50.   My Old Home
  51.   What's Hardcore?
  52.   Soobax
  53.   With God on Our Side
  54.   By the End of the Day
  55.   My God
  56.   This Is My World
  57.   Drain My Grey Away
  58.   The African Way by Mwafrika
  59.   4Real: Kenya
  60.   [Bonus Material]
  61.   Does It Really Matter
  62.   Dusty Streets
  63.   Rap Gets Jealous
  64.   African Way - K'naan, Mwafrika
  65.   Nothing To Lose by Nasir "Nas" Jones
  66.   The Dusy Foot Philosopher
  67.   Qi Kai de Sheng
  68.   Come Prepared by Damian "Junior Gong" Marley

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