The Primate Diaries

K’Naan – “Soo Bax”

K’Naan was born in Mogadishu, Somalia and was there when the Somali Civil War broke out in the early 90s before emigrating and getting his break in Canada (w00t!). Since then he’s worked with Nelly Furtado, Mos Def, The Roots, Dead Prez, and Pharoahe Monch and released two studio albums (The Dusty Foot Philosopher and Troubadour).

“Soo Bax” is one of his earliest music videos in which he offers a scathing critique of the politicians and warlords that perpetuate a desperate situation for the people in his home country. “Soo Bax” is Somali for “Get Out.”

To learn more about his story listen to this interview with Amy Goodman at Democracy Now!


  1. #1 Cath@VWXYNot?
    October 5, 2009

    I LOVE K’Naan. We saw him at the Commodore earlier this year and it was one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen.

  2. #2 EMJ
    October 5, 2009

    I’m so jealous! He was in Seattle a few months ago and I missed the show. I love both his albums and I’m hoping he’ll tour in Vancouver soon.

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