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Troubadour, K


June 29th, 2010

Birth Name:
Keinan Abdi Warsame


Hip Hop/Rap

Years Active:
'00s, '10s


Summer Songs 2
Summer Songs 2
Summer Vacation
Summer Vacation
Back To School Songs
Back To School ..



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.

Top Albums

Troubadour, K'naan
1. Troubadour
The Dusty Foot Philosopher, K'naan
2. The Dusty Fo..
Troubadour, K'naan
3. Troubadour
The Dusty Foot On the Road (Live), K'naan
4. The Dusty Fo..
Live At Lollapalooza 2008: K'NAAN - Single, K'naan
5. Live At Loll..
Wavin' Flag (Spanish Celebration Mix) [feat. David Bisbal] - Single, K'naan
6. Wavin' Flag ..
Qi Kai De Sheng (Wavin' Flag Celebration Mix) [feat. Jacky Cheung & Jane Zhang] - Single, K'naan
7. Qi Kai De Sh..
Is Anybody Out There? (Richard Dinsdale Club Mix) [feat. Nelly Furtado] - Single, K'naan
8. Is Anybody O..
Nothing to Lose (Remix) [feat. Nas] - Single, K'naan
9. Nothing to L..
Is Anybody Out There? (feat. Nelly Furtado) - Single, K'naan
10. Is Anybody O..

Top Songs

Name Album Time Price
Is Anybody Out There? (feat. Nelly F.. Is Anybody Out There? (feat.. 3:58 $0.69
Wavin' Flag (Coca-Cola Celebrati.. Troubadour 3:32 $1.29
Wavin' Flag Troubadour 3:30 $1.29
Wavin' Flag Troubadour 3:40 $1.29
Bang Bang Troubadour 3:03 $1.29
Is Anybody Out There? (Richard Dinsd.. Is Anybody Out There? (Rich.. 7:42 $0.99
Take a Minute Troubadour 4:06 $1.29
Wavin' Flag (Coca-Cola Spanish C.. Troubadour 3:52 $1.29
In the Beginning Dusty Foot Philosopher 3:21 $0.99
Tribes At War Distant Relatives (Bonus Tr.. 4:29 $1.29
Nothing to Lose (feat. Nas) [Remix] Nothing to Lose (Remix) [fe.. 3:58 $0.99
With God On Our Side Chimes of Freedom – The Son.. 3:38 $1.29
ABC's (Chubb Rock Version) Troubadour 3:09 $1.29
Africa Must Wake Up Distant Relatives (Bonus Tr.. 6:40 $1.29
Wavin' Flag (Spanish Celebration.. Wavin' Flag (Spanish Ce.. 3:52 Album Only
Wavin' Flag (Coca-Cola Celebrati.. Troubadour 3:32 $1.29
Take a Minute Troubadour 4:06 $1.29
Somalia Troubadour 3:33 $1.29
What's Hardcore? Dusty Foot Philosopher 3:36 $0.99
Hip Hop Nation (feat. Lina) Beat the World (The Origina.. 4:33 $0.99
Tamatant Tilay / Exodus (feat. Tinar.. Imagine Project 4:45 $1.29
Qi Kai De Sheng (Wavin' Flag Cel.. Qi Kai De Sheng (Wavin'.. 3:41 $0.99
Wavin' Flag (Coca-Cola Spanish C.. Troubadour 3:52 $1.29
Wavin' Flag Troubadour 3:30 $1.29
People Like Me Troubadour 6:16 $1.29

Top Music Videos

Wavin' Flag (Celebration Mix), K'naan
1. Wavin' Flag (C..
Wavin' Flag, K'naan, & David Guetta
2. Wavin' Flag
Is Anybody Out There?, K'naan
3. Is Anybody Out..
Bang Bang, K'naan & Adam Levine
4. Bang Bang
ABC's, K'naan & Chubb Rock
5. ABC's
Stop for a Minute, Keane & K'naan
6. Stop for a Min..
Strugglin', K'naan
7. Strugglin'
Soobax, K'naan
8. Soobax
Dreamer, K'naan
9. Dreamer
Take a Minute, K'naan
10. Take a Minute
Nothing to Lose, K'naan
11. Nothing to Los..
Stop for a Minute, Keane & K'naan
12. Stop for a Min..
Soobax, K'naan
13. Soobax
Wavin' Flag (The Making Of - iTunes Exclusive), K'naan
14. Wavin' Flag (T..


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