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|K’naan in 2010|
|Full name||Keinan Abdi Warsame|
|Birthday/Birthplace||(1978-02-01) 1 February 1978 |
Mogadishu, Banaadir, Somalia
|Origin||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Genre(s)||Alternative hip hop, world, alternative rock, reggae fusion|
|Profession(s)||instrumentalist, rapper, singer, poet|
|Instruments||vocals, piano, guitar, percussion|
|Worked with||Rayzak, Kierscey Rand, Adam Levine, David Guetta, Nelly Furtado, Nas, Will I Am, Chubb Rock|
Keinan Abdi Warsame (Mogadishu, Somalia, February 1, 1978), is a Canadian hip hop poet and singer originally from Somalia. He is one of the most recognized rappers born in Africa, although at an early age he moved to Canada and is famous for his lyrics in which he refers to the pride of his Somali and African roots. His name means Traveler in Somali.
Born in the city of Mogadishu, he is an active member of the Somalo-Canadian community in Toronto. He spent the first years of his life struggling to survive and listening to hip hop albums of artists like Nas and Rakim, sent to him by his father, who emigrated from Somalia to work as a taxi driver in New York City. When K’naan was 13 years old, his mother, his brothers and he, they were able to leave their native country to emigrate to the United States, and then to Canada, where they had some relatives and there was a large community of Somali immigrants. As soon as K’naan’s English got better he started rapping. When he was in tenth grade, he left school and traveled two years in North America, making occasional appearances.
Thanks to the friendship with Sol Guy, part of the Direct Current Media promotion team, K’naan was presented in the city of Geneva on the 50th anniversary of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 2001. Through from this presentation, he criticized the actions of the UN in the Somalia crisis during the 1990s.
One member of the audience was Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour, who was so impressed by the performance and courage of the young MC that he was invited to contribute to his 2001 album Building Brigdes. He currently lives in Canada with his wife, Deqa, who works as a pharmacist and their two children, called Salaam and Talib Warsame, born in 2005 and 2007 respectively.
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