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K'naan (pronounced /ˈkeɪnɑːn/), born Keinan Abdi Warsame (Somali: Keynaan Cabdi Warsame[...] in 1978, is a Somali-Canadian poet, rapper, singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist.
Born in Somalia, K'naan spent his childhood in Mogadishu and lived there during the Somali Civil War, which began in 1991. His aunt, Magool, was one of Somalia's most famous singers. K'naan's grandfather, Haji Mohammad, was a poet. He is Muslim, and his name, Keinan, means "traveler" in the Somali language. He spent the early years of his life listening to the hip-hop records sent to him from America by his father, who had left Somalia earlier. When he was 13, K'naan, his mother, and his three ... brothers were able to leave their homeland and join relatives in New York City, where they stayed briefly before moving to Canada... There, K'naan began learning English, partly by listening to hip hop albums by artists...
He is married to Deqa, a pharmacist. They have two sons, born in 2005 and 2007.
Style and influences
Jim Welte has said K'naan has "a sound that fuses Bob Marley, conscious American hip hop, and brilliant protest poetry." His voice and style have been compared to Eminem, but his subject matter is very different; according to K'naan, he makes "urgent music with a message", talking about the situation in his homeland of Somalia and calling for an end to violence and bloodshed.
In a December 2008 interview with Hard Knock TV, K'naan stated he had never smoked marijuana or drank alcohol, despite having toured with the Marleys. This is in-keeping with K'naan's deep Islamic beliefs.
K'naan has said that he is influenced by Somali music and the traditional instruments of Somalia...
2010 FIFA World Cup tour
A remixed version of K'naan's single "Wavin' Flag" was chosen as the Coca-Cola anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, held in South Africa. In December 2009, K'naan performed the song live during the Coca-Cola-sponsored FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour, which took him to 86 countries around the world.
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