K’naan (Keinaan, meaning traveller in Somali, born 1978) is a Somali-Canadian poet and hip-hop artist. Born in Mogadishu, at age 13 he left for New York City with his mother and brother and finally settled in the Rexdale neighbourhood of Toronto.
In 2001 K’naan performed in Geneva at the 50th anniversary of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
In 2005, he performed with DobaCaracol during the Live 8 concert in Barrie, Ontario. His full-length debut album, The Dusty Foot Philosopher, was released in 2005.
His song aSoobaxa (pronounced aSo-Baha) is now featured in the best selling video game FIFA Football 2006, made by Electronic Arts and he has toured the world with the cup.