K'naan - TroubadourSince fleeing Somalia in 1991, escaping with his family on the last commercial flight out of war-torn Mogadishu, K’naan has established himself as a gifted poet and inspired rapper. His second CD could make him a hip-hop hero all over the world, mixing ancient African melodies and fresh urban beats with rhymes inventive enough to rival Eminem. Stretching the genre, K’naan gets Dylanesque on the anthemic “Waving Flag” and turns downright soulful on “Bang Bang,” a crossover duet with Maroon 5’s Adam Levine.

February 2009

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