(Marianna Elisabeth Alanen
, born 8 December 1977) is a Finnish female rap musician. She began her music career on the Finnish TV show Popstars
, a contest for new pop musicians. After the show had finished, Kana began a solo career.She had her own radio show Kanalasta kajahtaa
on YLE YleX channel in 2003. The show featured mainly rap and R&B Music. In the same year she started hosting children's singing and talent game shows Skabadabaduu
and Staraoke on MTV3. Staraoke
won the first Interactive Emmy Award for Finnish show in Cannes in 2008.In 2005 she released singles from her second album.The name "Kana" means "chicken" in Finnish but is also a nickname for a slightly ditzy woman, as is intended in this case. At the start of her career she took the name "Phat Zik", which was fennicized as "Kana" when she started rapping in Finnish. Her real name comes from ballerina Marianna Rumjantseva.