Musician K'Naan Returns to Somalia After Twenty Years

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Musician and poet K'Naan recently returned to his native Somalia, which is in the grip of a devastating famine and violent civil war. His last memories of the country were twenty years ago, when he fled with other members of his family for safety in Canada.

K'Naan talks about his recent return to Somalia, his hopes and expectations before he went back and the reality he witnessed when he travelled throughout the country. He wrote an op-ed about his journey for Sunday's New York Times.

Listen to his song "Somalia" below:

Guests:

K'naan

Produced by:

Sitara Nieves

Comments [23]

Aisha

wow.we love you Knaan.:)

Nov. 25 2011 09:36 PM
intisam from tripoli,libya

Thanx k'naan for wavng de somali flag!

Oct. 23 2011 09:05 AM
intisam from tripoli,libya

Thanx k'naan for wavng de somali flag!

Oct. 23 2011 09:04 AM
hassan issa from kenya nairobi

a really we thanks fully our brother k`naan and we love him and am saiying thank you bro and God bless you

Oct. 20 2011 02:19 PM
Ali-nor abdi osman from S.africa, pretoria

W, somalis, where ever we,re in this world, are really and honestly proud of u k,nan, bro, u,re actually an iconic and rolemodel 4 many young people especially, somalis, including me, i luve u our mandela god bless u beloved k,nan

Oct. 16 2011 04:02 PM
Ali-nor abdi osman from S.africa, pretoria

W, somalis, where ever we,re in this world, are really and honestly proud of u k,nan, bro, u,re actually an iconic and rolemodel 4 many young people especially, somalis, including me, i luve u our mandela god bless u beloved k,nan

Oct. 16 2011 04:01 PM
Ali-nor abdi osman from S.africa, pretoria

W, somalis, where ever we,re in this world, are really and honestly proud of u k,nan, bro, u,re actually an iconic and rolemodel 4 many young people especially, somalis, including me, i luve u our mandela god bless u beloved k,nan

Oct. 16 2011 04:01 PM
Ali-nor abdi osman from S.africa, pretoria

W, somalis, where ever we,re in this world, are really and honestly proud of u k,nan, bro, u,re actually an iconic and rolemodel 4 many young people especially, somalis, including me, i luve u our mandela god bless u beloved k,nan

Oct. 16 2011 04:01 PM
Ali-nor abdi osman from S.africa, pretoria

W, somalis, where ever we,re in this world, are really and honestly proud of u k,nan, bro, u,re actually an iconic and rolemodel 4 many young people especially, somalis, including me, i luve u our mandela god bless u beloved k,nan

Oct. 16 2011 04:00 PM
Ali-nor abdi osman from S.africa, pretoria

W, somalis, where ever we,re in this world, are really and honestly proud of u k,nan, bro, u,re actually an iconic and rolemodel 4 many young people especially, somalis, including me, i luve u our mandela god bless u beloved k,nan

Oct. 16 2011 04:00 PM
Ali-nor abdi osman from S.africa, pretoria

W, somalis, where ever we,re in this world, are really and honestly proud of u k,nan, bro, u,re actually an iconic and rolemodel 4 many young people especially, somalis, including me, i luve u our mandela god bless u beloved k,nan

Oct. 16 2011 04:00 PM
okashi from nairobi,kenya

My bro wat u'r doing is appreciated by most especially by we somali's and my support is wid u to the maximum may ALLAH bless you for being there as a somali and playing your part i wish all the successful somali's around the world take you as an example and do whatever they can to help since charity begins at home may allah strengthen there faith,and take this famine away my prayers are with you and Insha-ALLAH we will make it 1day

Oct. 16 2011 03:35 PM
Ali Mak from Mogadishu.

Dear K'naan.
I had always been a fan of you and you are such iconic person for many Somalis who are wishing to be a star like you. Somalia will be so proud of U as you showed the world how much U care. Keep on you gud will and hopefully Allah will bless it for U. Let ur motive be high bcoz U stand 4 a country and one of the very memories of U that flashes back in my mind .. is the momment that you held high the SOMALI FLAG at world cup stage ..... No one could have done that ...but U broke a record.
Many thanks and Take K bro.

Oct. 12 2011 11:15 AM
muna gaal from london

we are proud of you and you are a star to every somali wher ever they are .love how you show to the word that you are a somali

Sep. 29 2011 10:10 PM
west cally from kansas

am happy u r back again k'naan we luv u

Sep. 28 2011 10:22 PM
west cally from kansas

am happy u r back again k'naan we luv u

Sep. 28 2011 10:21 PM
c/casiis yantaarow from baydhabo

kkkkkkkkkkk
thnks mr knaan we are well coming you

Sep. 28 2011 12:56 PM
sarah canido from quincy ma

Beautiful song. where ever you come from in the world dont forget it.... & if you come from a prosperous region remember your luck

Sep. 28 2011 10:10 AM
yahya from Djibouti

its great

Sep. 28 2011 03:33 AM
Jibriil from Mogadishu,Somalia

we are proud of you your a shining star To the World of Music and Poetry the sad news is that The Banadir hospital which you were born is now running lack of medical supplies plz dnt forget to support that hospital bacause its the currenty few functioning hospitals in mogadishu Thanks for visit and support

Sep. 28 2011 02:22 AM
Abdikadir Barma from Kismayo

Welcome back K'naan hope the rest they i'll visit the country one day one time insha'allah!

Sep. 27 2011 06:50 PM
dj sanaag from minnnesota

woooow amazing,sad but more glad u trying to do some abt it

Sep. 27 2011 06:33 PM
Kezira

Much Love for K'naan ! You're an inspiration to millions of US.

Sep. 27 2011 05:00 PM

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