K'Naan (real name Keinan Abdi Warsame) is a Somali-Canadian poet, rapper and musician. Winner of Juno awards, Polaris Music Prize and BBC Radio 3 Award for World Music. The remix of his song "Wavin 'Flag" became the anthem of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. In Somali, the word k'naan means "traveler."
Poet, rapper and musician K'Naan was born on February 1, 1978 into a creative family in the capital of Somalia - Mogadishu. His childhood was difficult because of the war in his homeland. But even then he finds solace in hip-hop music. Keinan moved to Canada with his parents as a teenager. His fascination with rap becomes more and more passionate, and eventually he drops out of school to devote all his time to music.
He made his debut performance at a concert in front of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 1999. He spoke uncensored about their failed mission in Somalia, which impressed the singer Yussa N'Dour. This acquaintance opens up new opportunities for the musician. In 2001, Kanan recorded his debut album The Dusty Foot Philosopher, which was released only in 2005 and brought the performer popularity.
The musician worked actively, recording new songs and giving concerts, he also collaborated with such artists as Nelly Furtado, Mos Def, The Roots, Dead Prez, etc.
At the beginning of 2009 the second studio album "Troubadour" was released.
Remix of the K'Naan single “Wavin 'Flag
On March 21, 2010 K'Naan visited Moscow, where he performed several versions of the song “Wavin 'Flag” on Vasilievsky Spusk, and also talked with Russian hip-hop musicians and fans. It was this composition that was chosen as the advertising anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which took place in South Africa.
In 2012, the rapper released a new album - More Beautiful Than Silence.