NEW ARTIST: K’NAAN

knaan_header.jpgReaffirming his place as one of music’s most compelling voices, celebrated Hip Hop MC, griot, and singer/ songwriter   K’NAAN has announced the release of his long-awaited sophomore album (title TBC) on September 9th via A&M/ Octone Records.

K’NAAN’s debut album, 2005’s   The Dusty Foot Philosopher, left an indelible mark on the hip hop community and the global music world, and now he returns with an album that inspires and is musically rich with classic beats, novel instrumentation and innovative rhymes. K’NAAN uses his unique voice and authentic style to bring an enormous dose of realness and urgency to the hip-hop world, in the tradition of great folk singers and protest songs he carves a new path filled with eloquent and thought-provoking lyrics.   From the dynamic power “ABCs” to the rhythmic genre bending grooves of “Dusty Streets” and the acoustic African folk melodies of “Fire in Freetown,” K’NAAN widens the traditional hip-hop perspective on his new album expanding boundaries with the combination of hard-hitting rhythms and lyrics.
 
As a child growing up in war-torn Somalia, K’NAAN has seen more violence and tougher streets than any gangster rapper could ever imagine. Escaping on the last commercial flight out of the country, K’NAAN arrived in North America and has proven to be not just your average MC, but a voice for change, a peacemaker, and a cultural bridge between the developing world and the west. Within the last two years alone, K’NAAN has played over 500 shows across five different continents, recorded and released his debut outing, The Dusty Foot Philosopher, and has had the privilege of sharing the stage – as well as recording with – artists such as Damian “JR Gong” Marley, Stephen Marley, Mos Def, The Roots, Nelly Furtado, Dead Prez, Youssou N’Dour, Amadou and Miriam and many more. In 2006, K’NAAN took home the Juno Award (Canada’s Grammy) for Best Rap Recording and most recently received “Newcomer of the Year” honors at the UK’s BBC Radio 3 Awards.
 
On the heels of his most recent performance at Bonnaroo, K’NAAN has announced several U.S. festival dates this summer to kick off the release of his new album:
 
Friday, August 1st                                   Chicago, IL                               Lollapalooza- Grant Park
Saturday, August 9th                         Jersey City, NJ                   Liberty State Park
Saturday, August 23rd                     San Francisco, CA       Golden Gate Park
 

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