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Kenna Zemedkun spent the first three years of his life with his grandfather in Ethiopia, where his family was from. His mother and father had left the country soon after his birth to escape persecution from the new government, moving first to England and then to the U.S. Kenna eventually joined his parents in Cincinnati when he was three years old -- however, he spent his formative years in the place that really affected his music: Virginia Beach. It was there that a friend lent him a copy of U2's Joshua Tree, an album that profoundly changed Kenna's perspective on how an album could sound. Soon, he started teaching himself how to play the piano and studied singers like Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, as well as listened to his fair share of bands like the Cure and Duran Duran. Kenna didn't decide to make music his career, however, until college, when he realized that the more standard route of formal education wasn't the right one for him. Teaming up with high-school friend Chad Hugo (of the Neptunes), Kenna set to work making demo tapes. One of these eventually made its way to Atlantic, and then to Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst, who had recently started his own imprint, Flawless, on Geffen/Interscope. Durst was impressed by what he heard and gave Kenna (with production help from Hugo) the go-ahead to make his own album. Unfortunately, when it was completed, Durst was unable to get the backing from Interscope to release it, and let the musician go (among other things, the label was unsure how to promote the album, as it didn't fit into any one market). Record in hand, Kenna found a new home at Columbia, which eventually issued New Sacred Cow in 2003. His sophomore effort faced similar problems. Although it was mostly completed by 2005, again he had trouble finding a label to put it out. To help fill the ever-growing space between albums, Kenna released the EP The Black Goodbye with help from the Neptunes-run Star Trak in 2006. Finally, signed back to Interscope, his second full-length, Make Sure They See My Face, was released in October 2007 (and not without its share of delays and changes, of course). ~ Marisa Brown
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  1.   Song
  2.   Relations (An Ode to You and Me)
  3.   Freetime
  4.   Say Goodbye To Love (Acapella)
  5.   Get in Closer
  6.   Long Gone
  7.   Wide Awake
  8.   Man Fading
  9.   Politics
  10.   Loose Wires
  11.   Daylight
  12.   Red Man
  13.   Heaviness
  14.   Love/Hate Sensation
  15.   Hell Bent
  16.   Imitation Is Suicide
  17.   How Will It End
  18.   Within Earshot
  19.   Wild Wild Life
  20.   Love Is Still Alive
  21.   Turn
  22.   Be Still
  23.   Face The Gun / Good Luck
  24.   Static
  25.   Out Of Control (State of Emotion)
  26.   Say Goodbye To Love (Instrumental)
  27.   Siren
  28.   New Sacred Cow
  29.   Yeneh Ababa (Rose)
  30.   Sunday After You
  31.   Vexed and Glorious
  32.   War in Me
  33.   I'm Gone
  34.   Loose Wires / Blink Radio
  35.   Sun Red Sky Blue
  36.   Better Wise Up
  37.   Say Goodbye To Love
  38.   Phantom Always
  39.   Baptized In Blacklight

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