This is a video of the K’naan song called Hardcore. Live at BB King in New York City, USA.
From British daily The Morning Star:
Rise [anti racist music] festival: Interview
(Friday 13 July 2007)
HIP HOP WITH HEART AND SOUL: K’naan.
RICHARD BAGLEY meets Somalian-born acoustic hip hop artist K’NAAN.
MANY people at this weekend’s Rise in north London will have a story to tell.
But surely few would compare to the life story of one man. K’naan.
If you haven’t heard the name before, it probably won’t be long before it’s familiar, because this Somalian-born hip hop artist has exactly what it takes to become a truly global star.
At the age of 13, he and his mother were lucky enough to scramble on the last flight out of Mogadishu before the country imploded.
Since then, like so many Somalians, he has led the life of an exile, growing up as an immigrant in the West, first in Harlem and then in a Toronto neighbourhood.
Over the past decade and more, he and his fellow country folk have been forced to watch in horror as things went from bad to worse.
This feeling of helplessness and alienation has driven his music, acoustic hip hop that’s fuelled by anger, yet is tinged with a beauty that reflects this softly spoken young man’s compassionate heart.
Update August 2009: here.