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

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