When I Get Older: The Story behind "Wavin Flag" by Sol Guy“Wavin’Flag” has become an international anthem. Its powerful words of hope have crossed generations and borders, and have made K’NAAN an international star.
In his first book for children, When I Get Older, Somali-Canadian poet, rapper, singer, and songwriter K’NAAN tells his own story. Born in Somalia, he grew up in Mogadishu. His grandfather was a renowned poet who passed on his love of words to his grandson. When the Somali Civil War began in 1991, K’NAAN was just thirteen. His mother made the difficult decision to move her family so that they could grow up in safety. First in New York and then in Toronto, K’NAAN faced many challenges.
Like so many other immigrants, he had to make a place for himself in a world of alien customs, clothes, and language. His road was a hard one: he lost many friends to violence. But K’NAAN’s love of music, and his enormous talent, became a way for him to connect with his past, with his classmates, and eventually, to millions of people around the world. Not only does K’NAAN tell a story that will inspire and encourage young readers, but he provides a brief history of the Somalian conflict. The lyrics of “Wavin’ Flag” are also included.
Born Keinan Abdi Warsame, K’NAAN first came to prominence when he performed a spoken word piece before the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 1999. A member of the audience, the singer Youssou N’Dour, was so impressed that he asked K’NAAN to take part in an album and to tour with him.
Since then, K’NAAN has performed in more than 86 countries and has received many honors, including three Juno Awards and the BBC Radio 3 Award for World Music. During the Vancouver Olympics, he worked with other Canadian musicians and artists under the name Young Artists for Haiti to produce a charity version of “Wavin’ Flag.” The song was adapted again to become the FIFA World Cup theme song. There are now twenty-two versions of the song, which hit #1 in nineteen countries.
Waving Flag - K'NAAN & Nancy Agram
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It was a really amazing show, you could tell that the kids were ready to create even more change in their communities and in the world. At every school the We Create Change Tour is given a private room where all the staff hang out before, during and after the show and at Northlake Woods, this space was the library. I loved that because there were some pretty cool books that were displayed including books about the environment, history, social justice and human rights. I could not resist reading it and I am happy to share it with you. But one of the things he loved most was his grandfathers poems. His grandfather, Haji Mohammed, was a very famous poet and was always writing something.
The commercial was made in , the single in The celebration mix contains the characteristic coca cola tones. Does someone know the background? I think this is vital information: I experience a strong association with Coca Cola when hearing this song, so whenever this song is broadcast on the radio it feels like a free Coca Cola ad to me. Please someone find out the details and publish them!
Paul Provost Principal 6P Marketing. Music is a powerful device. People often connect popular music with certain events in their lives. For example, I remember the song that played during the final dance at my high school prom. I remember the first songs my sons sang along to.
Could we perhaps adjust the intro and body to discuss the song's meaning slightly earlier in the article?.
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The song was originally written for Somalia and aspirations of its people for freedom. The original single was a hit in Canada and reached 2 on the Canadian Hot as the third official single from the album, after the singles " ABCs " and "Bang Bang", which were minor hits. After a devastating earthquake in Haiti in , a remake of the song by an ad hoc supergroup of Canadian artists, credited as Young Artists for Haiti , became a charity single in Canada, reaching 1 on the Canadian Hot in its own right. This amended international version with additional lyrics reached the top ten in more than twenty different charts around the world. The Spanish cover featuring David Bisbal became very popular.
This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. I think children can more easily understand that these people have families also, and friends they love and have to leave in difficult circumstances, and that we have more in common with them than we believe we do as adults. His stature and centredness impressed me. He was very well loved for being such a politicized poet, but he also wrote about love. No one should try to guide the pen of an artist, and he would never allow that to happen.
In Hear This , A. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well. I graduated with a journalism degree in , but instead of diving into the world of media, I was pleasantly sidetracked by a job teaching English language arts to high school students in Saint Paul, Minnesota. One in particular taught me the value of promises. He was a senior who had immigrated the charter school I worked for was predominantly attended by Somali immigrants later than most of his peers and was noticeably behind in all of his classes.