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K'naan

K'naan

Keinan Abdi Warsame (Somali: Keynaan Cabdi Warsame, Arabic: ??????? ????? ???????? Kaynan ?Abdi Warsama), better known by his stage name K'naan (/'ke?n??n/), 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.Dispute with k-osIn 2005, the Canadian music scene featured a low-key feud between K'naan and Yonis k-os, one of the most prominent Canadian hip-hop artists. Following the release of the music video for the song Soobax, which was shot by K'naan and a film crew in Kenya, k-os released a track B-Boy Stance attacking K'naan: "They took cameras to Africa for pictures to rhyme / Over; Oh, yes, the great pretenders [...\] Religious entertainers who want to be life savers." Though the feud never became high-profile, with K'naan expressing confusion at the attack and respect for k-os, he nonetheless responded with the mixtape Revolutionary Avocado which argued "You the all-knowing with a beer bottle / Wishing you was Plato and me Aristotle? / ...Suburban negro turned hip-hop hero / Is there a reason he really hates me, though?" — a rebuttal CBC's Matthew McKinnon called "cold-cocking the champ".Views on piracyK'naan states that piracy off the coast of Somalia, while not to be condoned, has a reason for its existence.According to K'naan, fishermen organized and armed themselves so that they could protect their shoreline from illegal dumping of nuclear toxic waste from private companies. He goes on to state that, "greed and the lure of money eventually produced what we see today as Somali piracy". On 15 April 2009 K'naan publicly criticized the approach to this problem of piracy after the kidnapping of Richard Phillips of the United States flagged MV Maersk Alabama container ship 240 nautical miles (440 km; 280 mi) southeast of the Somali port city of Eyl.

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K'Naan - Keane - Looking Back

Looking Back

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Amadou - K'Naan - Mariam - Africa

Africa

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K'Naan - Wavin' Flag

Wavin' Flag

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K'Naan - Nelly Furtado - Is Anybody Out There

Is Anybody Out There

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K'Naan - Hurt Me Tomorrow

Hurt Me Tomorrow

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K'Naan - Wavin' Flag

Wavin' Flag

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K'Naan - Keane - Stop For A Minute

Stop For A Minute

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