A few weeks ago we were flipping channels and stumbled upon a mesmorizing performance by a unique hip hop/reggae artist on PBS, of all places. His name was K'naan, meaning "traveller" and he was born and raised in Mogadishu, Somali living there during the start of the Somali civil war. To make a long story short his family was eventually able to move to Canada where he taught himself English by phonetically copying rap lyrics. He eventually caught the attention of a Senegalese singer when K'naan performed a poetic piece to the UN criticizing their failed aid missions in Somalia. One thing led to another and he is now a major worldwide artist being compared by some to Bob Marley. Here is a video of his song "Wavin' Flag" which is going to be used by Coca Cola as their theme song for this year's World Cup in South Africa. Pretty cool. I really like the song because I think it well represents all the children throughout the world affected by war and the hope for peace.
And if you are like me, a little dual personality, here is a totally different version of the song: