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

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