K'naan

Biography

From Discogs:

Somalian hip hop artist, born 1978 in Mogadischu, Somalia. When the civil war in Somalia reached the capital Mogadischu, his parents emigrated with their 13 year old son to Harlem, New York City, before moving to Rexdale, Ontario, joining a small Somali Canadian community, 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. K'naan is a Muslim and his name means "traveller" in the Somali language.Currently residing in Toronto, Ontario, K'naan has shared the stage with the likes of Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch and Jean Grae, while 2006 saw him on tour through the United States and Europe with Damian Marley on his Jamrock tour.

From Lastfm:

K'naan (Keinaan, meaning traveller in Somali, born 1978) is a Somali-Canadian poet and hip-hop artist. The Coming To America Songfacts states that born in Mogadishu, Somalia, he spent his childhood there during the Somali Civil War, which began in 1991. K'naan's grandfather, Haji Mohammad, was a poet and his aunt, Magool, one of Somalia's most famous singers. The young Somalian acquired an early interest in hip-hop from the records that were sent to him from America by his father. K'naan describes growing up in Somalia amidst the ongoing warfare on his song "Coming To America".

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From Wikipedia:

K'naan ( , born Keinan Abdi Warsame (Somali: Keynaan Cabdi Warsame, Arabic: كَينَان عَبدِ وَرسَمَ‎ Kaynān ʿAbdi Warsama); in 1978), is a Somali Canadian poet, rapper, singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist. He rose to prominence with the success of his single "Wavin' Flag", which was chosen as Coca-Cola's promotional anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Besides hip-hop, K'naan's sound is influenced by elements of Somali music, Ethio-jazz and world music. He is also involved in various philanthropic initiatives.

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