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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.   Freetime
  3.   Relations (An Ode to You and Me)
  4.   Sunday After You
  5.   Loose Wires
  6.   Face The Gun / Good Luck
  7.   Siren
  8.   Love/Hate Sensation
  9.   Get in Closer
  10.   Man Fading
  11.   Wild Wild Life
  12.   Politics
  13.   How Will It End
  14.   Imitation Is Suicide
  15.   Love Is Still Alive
  16.   Heaviness
  17.   Long Gone
  18.   Wide Awake
  19.   Phantom Always
  20.   Out Of Control (State of Emotion)
  21.   Say Goodbye To Love (Acapella)
  22.   Say Goodbye To Love (Instrumental)
  23.   New Sacred Cow
  24.   War in Me
  25.   Red Man
  26.   Sun Red Sky Blue
  27.   Be Still
  28.   I'm Gone
  29.   Say Goodbye To Love
  30.   Vexed and Glorious
  31.   Static
  32.   Within Earshot
  33.   Hell Bent
  34.   Loose Wires / Blink Radio
  35.   Daylight
  36.   Turn
  37.   Better Wise Up
  38.   Baptized In Blacklight
  39.   Yeneh Ababa (Rose)

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