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K'naan is having the kind of year most performers only dream about. And one song has a lot to do with it: 'Wavin' Flag'. That, of course, is the anthem for Canada's Haiti relief efforts, and this year's World Cup.
K'naan grew up in war-torn Somalia, and started listening to American hip-hop as a kid. That's how he learned his first words in English. But his childhood wasn't all music.
By eight, he'd fired his first gun, and at eleven, he saw his three best friends get shot and killed. K'naan escaped with his family at thirteen, and ended up in Toronto. In his teens, he joined a gang and was in and out of jail. But by twenty, he'd replaced violence with music.
Then in 1999 - a big moment. K'naan criticized the world's response to Somalia before the United Nations and received a standing ovation. Since then, he's released two studio albums, including last year's 'Troubadour' - which gave us 'Wavin' Flag', and put K'naan on the cusp of worldwide fame.