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K’NAAN – Troubadour

Knaan TroubadorK’naan – “Troubadour .”A&M/Octone, 2009.


“Troubadour” is the first major label release by K’naan, an artist, poet and songwriter from Mogadishu, Somalia. Music born from struggle, it’s a grand work of earnest emotion, that also showcases a mastery of skills in multiple genres from a daring and exciting artist. Recorded primarily in Kingston, Jamaica where K’naan was granted unprecedented access by his friends Stephen and Damian Marley to their father Bob Marley’s original home studio, “Troubadour” is a hip-hop album like no other. K’naan successfully blends samples and live instrumentation for a sound that’s both rooted in traditional African melodies and the classic hip-hop tradition. In addition to K’naan’s brilliant talent, the album features noteworthy guest appearances from Mos Def, Chali Tuna, Adam Levine (Maroon 5), Kirk Hammet (Metallica), and Chubb Rock. With infectious hooks and grooves on tracks like “T.I.A.,” “ABCs,” “Fatima,” “Wavin’ Flag,” and “Take a Minute” give the album a joyful energy with an exotic spice. Get yourself this CD and thank us later.

Watch: K’naan – “T.I.A.”

Watch: K’naan – “Dreamer”

Below From nprmusic — November 11, 2009 — Though his appearance at the NPR Music office qualifies as the first-ever hip-hop Tiny Desk Concert, Somali-born rapper K’naan isn’t one to adhere to a single genre. Given that he released a song called “If Rap Gets Jealous” earlier this year, it’s no surprise that this show found him infusing his music with the sounds of soul, pop and reggae. With the help of a crack backing band, his three-song set — all drawing from this spring’s marvelous Troubadour, proves what we’ve been saying for months, K’naan has the makings of a global superstar who’s as inspiring as his songs are infectious.

Setlist:”Fatima,” “Wavin’ Flag,” and “Take a Minute.”


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2 Responses to “K’NAAN – Troubadour”

  1. Misty says:

    I had to buy this Cd. I really like K’naan i never heard of him till now

  2. Doug says:

    I can’t get enough of Knaan’s music.

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