had a hiatus from the genre for many years. There's only so much Souljah Boy I
could stand. Plus, I definitely could not do the dance.
Then I heard K'Naan on, of all places, NPR. His life story is like something
out of Hollywood. K'Naan escaped the violence of Mogadishu as a teen,
although not leaving unscathed by emotional and mental turmoil, immigrating to
Canada. In the safety of his adopted country, K'Naan was able to hone his
lyrical and vocal skills and successfully spread awareness of his homeland
through his art. It's a quintessential American ...er... Canadian story.
For the past couple of weeks, the news media has had a feeding frenzy over
the hijacking of the US-flagged freighter, Maersk Alabama, by Somali pirates.
Immediately, my thoughts went to the song "Somalia" on "Troubadour":
"So what you know 'bout the pirates terrorize the ocean/To…