At a time of great turmoil, every thing else can feel insignificant. Spending all your time listening and digesting music feels trivial. Writing about it even more so. But music, like all artforms, is a gateway to another place, to other people, to understanding, reflecting and solidarity. It’s also an outlet for anger and frustration which… Read more »

Posted on January 31st, 2017


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K’NAAN was born in Mogadishu, Somalia and grew up during the Civil War. His aunt, Magool, was one of Somalia’s most famous singers. K’naan’s grandfather, Haji Mohamed, was a poet. If there was ever a male candidate for M.I.A-like stardom, it’s this guy. This song bolsters that sentiment by being called T.I.A. (This is Africa)… Read more »

Posted on May 18th, 2009