Internationally celebrated MC and singer/songwriter K'Naan is now out with his More Beautiful Than Silence EP, a collection of five brand new tracks. Previously, we shared the lyric video for "Nothing To Lose" with Nas, and after the jump, you'll find the video for a collaboration with Nelly Furtado!
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On January 24thK'Naan will be releasing his More Beautiful Than Silence. Look out for appearances from Nelly Furtado and Nas as well as production by Ryan Tedder and Chuck Harmony. Above, find the first single from the project, "Nothing to Lose" featuring Nas.
K'Naan speaks on his upcoming EP:
I spent the last year living my life, observing other lives, changing, evolving, then breaking down to the basics. I've been good and ugly, sometimes couldn't tell which was which. I felt the oldest pain in the world for the first time, and found myself lost. All the while, through all the changes the only thing which remained consistent was being in the studio. I sometimes took a matter seriously, and when I realized that the matter was me, I laughed hysterically. I wrote about 60 songs or so. Some of them will probably never be heard by ears other than mine, but some I am now ready to share.
Sometimes we like to pat ourselves on the back for spotting the talent train before it pulls into the station, and this is one of those moments. We have been working with K'NAAN since before Troubador exploded on the scene and "Waving Flag" put Somalia on the global map for being more than a war torn country. Paper Tongues delivered a fiery debut with Ride to California is ready to take on new challenges.
What with the 2 artists specializing in blurring the genre lines, and appealing to such a variety of fans, it was only natural that they would meet, greet, and make musical mash up babies together. They take their unique collaboration on the road on the K'naan Wave Your Flag Tour 2010; with special Guest Paper Tongues .
There is no one alive today that can deny the cultural contributions of Africa to modern day music across the entire globe. From artists such as the late Fela Kuti, on whose life the Award-winning Broadway musical Fela is based, to new emerging cosmopolitan artists such as Nneka and K’Naan, the influence of African music is still heard today. Even Artists that you would not traditionally think of as African influenced, such as The Roots, whose new album might be the best to come out this year so far, can easily tell you how they have been touched and influenced by it. In fact so much so that a new branch of Okayplayer, appropriately named Okayafrica, was launched earlier this summer devoted exclusively to covering the latest cutting edge African Artists. Considering the great overlap in our communities, we thought it best if we gave you a little sample of what they offer. Check out a few of our picks after the jump.
Following the worldwide success of their first three albums, Keane release Night Train on Cherrytree/Interscope Records. The band has had three consecutive #1 albums in their native UK and have played sold out shows throughout the US.
Night Train features eight powerful new tracks which were written and recorded during the band's Perfect Symmetry world tour that saw them playing to packed arenas in 28 countries. The album takes its title from the band's favorite mode of transportation during the tour, and includes Keane's collaborations with Somali/Canadian rapper K'NAAN, "Stop For A Minute" and "Looking Back." "I think these tracks show us in a completely different light," says Keane frontman Tom Chaplin. Other highlights include "Ishin Denshin (You've Got To Help Yourself)," which features Japanese MC Tigarah, as well as the gorgeous "Your Love," which hangs around a rare lead vocal from the band's Ivor Novello-winning songwriter Tim Rice-Oxley.