Thursday, December 17 2009
PopMatters presents our 60 best albums of 2009, highlighted by a bevy of American indie rock juggernauts, the return of a hip-hop master, and a couple of the finest voices on the planet.
Thursday, November 16 2006
Three globally successful African hip-hop artists are spreading the word about change on a continent that is often overlooked.
Wednesday, August 27 2008
K'Naan stood on stage, drum in hand, focused on the two instruments that comprise and compose the totality of African storytelling: the voice and the drum.
Monday, October 15 2012
It’s his fierce intelligence as a lyrical predator that redeems his stylish poses. It’s precisely when the listener lets his guard down that K’naan pounces.
Thursday, October 11 2012
While countless numbers watched the stream online, nearly 60,000 people attended the Global Citizen Festival, a concert designed to create awareness of the global poverty issue.
Thursday, July 19 2012
A slam-bang dance pop album of the first order -- score one for global musical community.
Wednesday, March 4 2009
The Somalian-born poet/rapper/singer gives free reign to his roots on an enjoyable, high-energy album that is as much about partying as it is about Africa.
Thursday, August 14 2008
In a market dominated by criminal sociopaths, this Somali-Canadian refugee rapper took the road less traveled.
Tuesday, April 27 2010
Backed by a live band, K'naan rapped tight and globally wise rhymes that blend Rakim's sophistication with Eminem-esque wit before a sold out crowd at Chicago's Metro.
Sunday, January 17 2010
The musical event of the week on TV had to be the Austin City Limits appearance of two of the world's best rappers, the incomparable
Monday, February 2 2009
Filmore Mescalito Holmes wrote last year about Somalian rapper K'naan that "he clearly remembers what it was like to have three of his best friends
Tuesday, August 12 2008
Like a lot of things that we Americans complain about, Minnesota winters aren't so bad in the view of Somalian hip-hop star K'Naan. "I remember