12 Apr 2011

iLove Tuesday Tunes: Take A Minute

 
knaan Isn’t he cute? :)!
 
His artistic name is K'naan but he is born Keinan Abdi Warsame in Somalia 1978. He is a Somali-Canadian poet, rapper, singer, songwriter and instrumentalist. When he was thirteen, to escape from the Somali Civil War that began in 1991, he moved to New York together with his family. The family later moved to Toronto, where they still reside.
 
I first came across his music in 2006 when I signed up to Myspace. Before he became famous for the 2010 World Cup tune Wavin' Flags. His music has a political message in it, and he writes and sings about the struggle of Somali people and about his own life experiences. He really love his homeland and never lies about that in his lyrics and speeches. And although fame is knocking on his door each year, he is still true to his message – and I hope he keeps that up.
 
Today I want to present you one of my favourites tunes Take a Minute from the 2010 album Troubadour. The lyrics are well written, poetic, political, personal and the music is nostalgic. It makes me think about how some people cannot hate their homeland even if it treated you with hardship. You forgive but not forget.  
There is a word he tend to use which I don't like but all in all I like his message. For instance the lines:

"How did Mandela get the will to surpass the everyday

When injustice had him caged and trapped in every way?

How did Gandhi ever withstand the hunger strikes and all?

Didn't do it for power or money if I recall..."

and again

"This is K'naan and still reppin' the S

Comin' out of Mogadishu and still draped in the mess

And no matter how we strong, homie

It ain't easy comin' out from where we from, homie

And that's the reason why, I could never play for me

Tell 'em the truth is what my dead homies told me

Ooh yeah, I take the inspiration from the most heinous of situations

Creating medication out of my own tribulations

Dear Africa, you helped me write this

By showing me to give is priceless"

He writes from his personal experiences which I might not understand because I didn’t go through such pains and tribulations. But I can understand how that has inspired him to become who he is today. And also I can understand how that experience will always be part of him no matter how famous he becomes or not.
 
K’naan inspires me.
lifeofTOI

2 comments:

  1. oooh I love this song! you have such great taste in music...one day I will make it to Africa...this I'm certain of!

    I'm dancing in my seat!!!

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  2. I really wanted to celebrate Christmas in Ghana but I can't do it year, but hopefully next year :). Also I will like to visit other parts of Africa - well I've been to Morocco and it was so beautiful :)

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