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K’naan: From Mogadishu to the global stage

Hip-hop artist K’naan is about to be known around the world.  His song “Wavin’ Flag” was chosen to be the theme for this years World Cup, which kicks off today.  But his journey to the global stage began in a very unlikely place, in his war torn homeland of Somalia. Just as the violence and chaos of the civil war erupted in 1991, K’naan, then 14 years old, was able to escape with his family on one of the last commercial flights out of Mogadishu. His life experience has given him a unique voice in the hip hop world. We caught with K’naan when he was on tour, performing at the Trocadero Theater in Philadelphia, Pa.

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