K'Naan Shares His Journey and New Album Through a Short Film

Taking us along on the journey to his third album, K’Naan has released a mini-documentary. The Somali-born rapper and musician’s latest offering Country, God or the Girl features verified Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famers, Keith Richards and Bono cialis for sale but it seems K’Naan is still coming to terms with his own super stardom. In the seven minute documentary, K’Naan shares that once he moved to Toronto, Canada […]


Ten Rappers Who'd Make "YO! MTV Raps Africa"

MTV will show a special edition of the iconic Hip-hop show “Yo MTV Raps” next month. We re-imagined the concept with an All-African cast, and came up with this list of names. Which other MCs would you include?


AfriPOP! Briefs: K'naan Headlines U.S. Tour

Here’s what AfriPOP! is keeping it’s eyes on this week: K’Naan recently announced his 2010 U.S. tour, the Channel O music video nominations are out, and we’re vibing off a new afro-beat mixtape by D.C.’s own DJ Underdog.


K'Naan's Waving Flag remade for FIFA world cup coke ads

I always pictured synchronized stadium dancing when I first heard this song. And apparently, so did the people at Coca-Cola apparently one of the official sponsors of the FIFA World Cup in 2010 in South Africa. An abbreviated version of Waving Flag plays over all the coke-sponsored radio and telly adverts to do with the big event. K’Naan’s Kigali rep tells me this was filmed in Mexico at the Plaza de Toros. Right […]


Is celebrity activism what Africa needs?

The image of a white (most likely, American) celebrity with a African baby will go down as our generation’s Live Aid; yet another way the West is helping that most plagued of continents (to the eyes of the uninformed, at least). Adding to this is Madonna’s adoption of two children from Malawi, where she recently broke ground for an all-girls school. On the same day she cut the ribbon she […]


K'Naan in S.A + Troubadour album giveaway

A couple weeks back K’Naan was in South Africa performing at the launch for the continent-wide reality television series  Big Brother Africa 4. Of all things… We got on the phone for barely 15 minutes,  just enough time to kinda let the cat out the bag on his plans for World Cup 2010 . Apparently big tings a gwaan! Here’s how it went. [display_podcast] AfriPOP is giving away copies of K’Naan’s new […]


Kid Cudi producer Dot da Genius reps Nigeria

Nigerian, by way of Brooklyn, producer Dot da Genius is behind the platinum single, Day n Nite by Kid Cudi. He spoke to AfriPOP about his Nigerian upbringing, working on the smash single and how he thinks Africans will be represented in the future of hip hop. You’re behind Day N Nite, one of the biggest hip hop and club records this past year. How did that record come about? […]


K'Naan + Afrikan Boy: T.I.A (remix)

“We keep hyenas and we love our AK…” This is Africa as rhymed by Afrikan Boy (and K’Naan at the end)  While you await our forthcoming interview with the self-proclaimed eba-eater, get a load of this twist on T.I.A.


K'Naan's T.I.A. (This is Africa)

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The Listening

AfriPOP! shares tunes with two of music’s most revered crate diggers – Bobbito Garcia and Rich Medina Arriving in South Africa in 2000 was a trip for Bobbito Garcia. (He even tells the folks at friends we love so). Hosting his legendary WCKR Hip-hop radio show with Stretch Armstrong he had some idea about its global reach. But touring with fellow New Yorkers, DJ/producer Mr. Len (Company Flow) and Jean Grae […]


AfriPOP + K'Naan, part deux

Here’s an exclusive interview with Somali/Canadian emcee, K’naan [vodpod id=ExternalVideo.741069&w=425&h=350&fv=clip_id%3D2163813%26server%3Dvimeo.com%26autoplay%3D0%26fullscreen%3D1%26md5%3D0%26show_portrait%3D0%26show_title%3D0%26show_byline%3D0%26context%3Duser%3A375145%26context_id%3D%26force_embed%3D0%26multimoog%3D%26color%3D00ADEF] more about “AfriPOP + K’Naan, part deux“, posted with vodpod  


AfriPOP + K'Naan

It was so good to finally get an interview with Somali/ Canadian emcee K’naan yesterday. He’s in NYC for the CMJ music marathon. We’re still editing the footage so be on the lookout for it next week. In the meantime, check out our boy’s latest EPK for his forthcoming album, titled Troubador (out in June 2009). [youtube=http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=cw3U-HnrTqQ]


New Africa Live presents...K'naan

The bimonthly series that features New African artists that push the boundaries of African expression. This time, it will be held at New York City’s hip new multi-media arts space (Le) Poisson Rouge and will feature the internationally renowned Somali folk hip-hop MC K’NAAN, with a special guest performance by Sudanese soul artist al-Sarah. (Le) Poisson Rouge is located at 158 Bleecker in Manhattan. The show begins at 10:00pm on […]