K’naan wins big in Canada

The Toronto Sun (one of the papers I rarely quote from) just ran an article highlighting K’Naan’s big win at the Junos.  The Junos, for you non-Canadian readers, is an award show much like the Grammy’s and is designed to celebrate the best in Canadian music.

It’s not without it’s own controversy, of course, since some people just dismiss the Junos as being irrelevant.  This year, I think they actually did a good job of awarding talent over album sales.  After all, how else can you justify snubbing Justin Bieber?

But yes, K’Naan ran away with the Junos this year, being named Artist of the Year.  That’s a huge achievement, and one that is absolutely well deserved.  He also one two more Junos, for his single Wavin’ Flag. Listen to it now.

If you’re looking to get a little bit more K’Naan, then check out what we have for you below.  The blog Vibes and Stuff had run a timely post linking to an hour-long interview K’Naan did for Q TV.  What a coincidence!

So here’s the full interview.  Oddly enough, it starts off with a special version of Wavin’ Flag done live .

This guy has had an insanely difficult life.  He grew up in war-torn Somalia, and managed to escape to the US and eventually to Canada.  He arrived speaking little English, but has managed to become one of the most respected Canadian artists of the decade.

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