K'naan - The Dusty Foot on the RoadWrasse Records
Somali rapper K'Naan's debut album has never been officially released here, so it's good to see this live set getting released, recorded on his recent World tour. K'Naan grew up in Mogadishu where he fired his first gun aged 8 and saw many of the horrors of the civil war there before thankfully escaping when he was 13, to America. His lyrics address the realities of life in Somalia in a thought provoking way, this is hip hop on the sensitive side, indeed hip-hop itself comes under close scrutiny. Rap and Somali melodies with those intelligent lyrics make for an original and compelling package. A star, no mistake.
Graham Radley, 08/07