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K’naan writing his life story as a children’s book

(Image: Manny Moss)

Before Toronto rapper K’naan penned the irrepressible ear worm “Wavin’ Flag” (which went on to be the FIFA 2010 theme song), and even before he became known as K’naan, he was Keinan Warsame, a Somalian resident who fled to the U.S. (and soon after, moved to Canada) just prior to the Somali Civil War in 1991. Now he plans to turn his story of escape, immigration and music into, yes, a children’s book, complete with illustrations by Rudy Gutierrez—not exactly the usual fodder for a kid’s nighttime story, sure, but one that he hopes will speak to those facing similar circumstances. [CBC]