K'naan

K'naan

Real Name:
Keinan Abdi Warsame
Profile:
Somali-Canadian hip hop artist, born 1978 in Mogadishu, Somalia. When the civil war in Somalia reached the capital Mogadishu, his parents emigrated with their 13 year old son to Harlem, New York City, before moving to Canada, to the Toronto (Etobicoke) neighbourhood Jamestown in Rexdale, joining a small Somali-Canadian community, from where he started his musical career. His aunt Magool is revered as being one of Somalia's most famous singers of all time, while his grandfather Haji Mohamed was a renown poet back in Somalia. K'naan is a Muslim and his name means "traveler" in the Somali language.

K'naan became a friend and associate of Canadian promoter Sol Guy, who helped him secure a speaking engagement before the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 1999, where K'naan performed a spoken word piece criticizing the UN for its failed aid missions to Somalia. 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.

This project led to his work at other UN events, as well as the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Halifax Pop Explosion. It also helped him meet Canadian producer Jarvis Church and his Track & Field team in 2002, who produced his debut album The Dusty Foot Philosopher, which was released in 2005 to critical acclaim. In 2006, it won the Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year, and was nominated for the 2006 Polaris Music Prize. It also won the BBC Radio 3 Award for World Music in the newcomer category for 2007. The Dusty Foot Philosopher was re-released and re-packaged as a "Deluxe Edition" featuring new mixes and a bonus DVD in the United States (and various international territories) by the emerging media company and record label Interdependent Media in 2008.

Since then, K'naan has been on tour promoting his album and working on his follow-up release, "Troubadour," his debut album for new label, A&M Octone Records. He has also collaborated with artists like [Invalid Artist], Mos Def, Will.i.am, Roots, dead prez, and Pharoahe Monch on tours such as Live 8 and Breedlove Odyssey. He also collaborated with Damian Marley on the "Welcome to Jamrock" touring session.

K'naan rose to mainstream popularity by participating in the 2008 BET Awards Cypher. This was his first appearance on American television. His second studio album, Troubadour, was released on February 24, 2009 on A&M/Octone Records, distributed through Universal Music Group worldwide. The album's first single, "ABC's", was released to radio in late 2008. K'naan has featured in several video games such as Madden NFL 09 with his song ABC's, and FIFA 06 with his song "Soobax". The song "If Rap Gets Jealous", a rerecording of a track of the same name – with different verses – from The Dusty Foot Philosopher, features Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett. K'naan was also the first featured artist on X3, a collaborative project between CBC Radio 3, Exclaim! magazine and aux.tv to promote new Canadian music. In July 2010, he performed a cover of U2's "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" for iheartradio.

A remixed version of K'naan's single "Wavin' Flag" was chosen as Coca-Cola's anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup also in the commercials in the pre-game, held in South Africa. In December 2009, K'naan performed the song live during the sponsor's FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour, which took him to 86 countries around the world.
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K'naan Discography

Albums

CE001 Keinaan* What Next?(CD, Album) Cuffnone Music CE001 Canada 2000 Sell This Version
none K'naan The Dusty Foot Philosopher (Album) Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Canada) none Canada 2005 Sell This Version
WRASS 195 K'Naan The Dusty Foot On The Road(CD, Album, Dig) Wrasse Records WRASS 195 UK 2007 Sell This Version
0602527054520 K'naan Troubadour (Album) A&M Octone Records 0602527054520 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
0602537176298 K'naan Country, God Or The Girl (Album) A&M Octone Records 0602537176298 Europe 2012 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

1436 K'naan Soo Baax / My Life Is A Movie(12", Promo) Track And Field 1436 Canada 2003 Sell This Version
WRASS 195S K'naan Strugglin' (Single) Wrasse Records WRASS 195S UK 2007 Sell This Version
none J.Period* And K'NAAN J.Period* And K'NAAN - The Messengers (Digital EP)(3xFile, MP3, EP, Promo, 320) Truelements Music none US 2009
none Keane Feat. K'naan Keane Feat. K'naan - Stop For A Minute (Single) Island Records none US 2010 Sell This Version
none Amadou & Mariam Feat. K'naan Amadou & Mariam Feat. K'naan - Africa(CDr, Single, Promo) Because Music none France 2010 Sell This Version
0602527404448 K'naan Wavin' Flag (Celebration Mix) (Maxi, Single) A&M Octone Records 0602527404448 Europe 2010 Sell This Version
none K'naan Featuring Adam Levine K'naan Featuring Adam Levine - Bang Bang(2xFile, AAC, Single, 256) A&M Octone Records none US 2010
none K'naan Feat. Nelly Furtado K'naan Feat. Nelly Furtado - Is Anybody Out There? (Single) A&M Octone Records none US 2012 Sell This Version
none K*naan* Hurt Me Tomorrow(CDr, Single, Promo) Universal Music none Netherlands 2012 Sell This Version
AMRR-12738-7 K'naan Waiting Is A Drug / With God On Our Side(7", Single, Promo) A&M Octone Records, Amnesty International AMRR-12738-7 US 2012 Sell This Version

Compilations

none K'naan My Life Is A Movie(14xFile, MP3, Comp, Promo, 320) Not On Label (K'naan Self-released) none US 2004
none J.Period* And K'NAAN J.Period* And K'NAAN - The Messengers (Episode 3: Bob Dylan)(11xFile, MP3, Comp, Mixed, 320) Truelements Music none US 2009
none J.Period* And K'NAAN J.Period* And K'NAAN - The Messengers (Episode 2: Bob Marley)(11xFile, MP3, Comp, Mixed, 320) Truelements Music none US 2009
none J.Period* And K'NAAN J.Period* And K'NAAN - The Messengers (Deluxe Edition)(40xFile, MP3, Comp, Mixed, 320) Truelements Music none US 2009
none J.Period* And K'NAAN J.Period* And K'NAAN - The Messengers (Episode 1: Fela Kuti)(12xFile, MP3, Comp, Mixed, 320) Truelements Music none US 2009

Miscellaneous

AMRR-12544-2 K'naan Troubadour A&M Octone Records AMRR-12544-2 US 2008 Sell This Version