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The 60 Best Albums of 2009

PopMatters turns 20 years old this October and we're beginning to celebrate our history by taking you back in time a decade ago. Obama was in the White House and the musical times were very good indeed. Revisit 2009 through its best albums.

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K'naan - "The Ballad of Smelly and Petunia" (lyric video)

K'naan has just released his second single, "The Ballad of Smelly and Petunia", from his upcoming new album, Country, God or the Girl. The video features a bunch of racy stuffed animals, while the tune is a catchy, heavy beats song that sounds like a natural single.

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The Year In Music: June 2010

June 2010, the subject of our latest look at the year’s biggest events in music, was a month of successful releases and summer concerts.

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Various Artists: Yes We Can: Songs About Leaving Africa

Yes We Can: Songs about Leaving Africa is more about Africa than it is about African music.

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All Aboard the Night Train: An Interview with Keane

Accidentally rewriting the Rocky theme? Having radio stations refuse to play their new song? Still topping the UK charts regardless? All just a day in the life of Keane, who talk to PopMatters about all of that and oh so much more.

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K'naan + Wale: 11.April.2010 - Chicago

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.

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Wale: Attention Deficit

Insecurity, bulimia, infidelity, intra-racial discrimination, self-loathing and coked out, aspirational celebrities: welcome to Wale's coming out party.

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The Messengers

K'naan's The Messengers series is a trilogy of episodes designed to highlight the genius of Nigeria's Fela Kuti, Jamaica's Bob Marley, and the United States' Bob Dylan.

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Amadou and Mariam: Welcome to Mali

If Amadou and Mariam's last album felt like a shift in the couple's career, then Welcome to Mali feels like an even greater one.

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K'naan: Troubadour

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.

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K'naan - "The Great Depression" (video)

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K'naan - "ABC'S" (video)

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The Dusty Foot Philosopher Kicks Up America

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.

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K'naan: The Dusty Foot Philosopher

In a market dominated by criminal sociopaths, this Somali-Canadian refugee rapper took the road less traveled.

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