We've had a lot of positive reaction to K'Naan's new song 'Wavin Flag' on WYEP. From K'Naan's wikipedia page I discovered he was born in Mogadishu
and spent his childhood in the district of Wardhiigleey
("The River of Blood") and lived there during the Somali Civil War
. His aunt, Magool
, was one of Somalia's most famous singers.
His 2nd effort called 'Troubadour' is being well received by critics and music fans. His music falls somewhere between reggae, hip hop, and r&b. There's definitely a positive feel and message to his lyrics and music.
According to K'naan, he makes "urgent music with a message", talking about the situation in his homeland of Somalia and calling for an end to violence and bloodshed. He curently lives in Canada.
Something to check out.