HARGEISA, 2 March 2010 (Somalilandpress) – The Observer/Guardian newspaper is a quality Sunday broadsheet that is published in the UK, and had an article/interview with K’naan in its supplementary pages on its issue of 28th Feb 2010.
Among many other things, The artist has talked about pirates and politics, his life journey from Mogadishu, north America and the ups and downs with his music career as well as his recent trip to Somaliland.
He was asked if he had ever been back to Mogadishu since he fled there at the age of 14, and confessed that he never did, but instead went to the north part of the country namely Hargeisa…
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I was not surprised with the fact that he did not mention that Somaliland is an oasis of peace and tranquillity that is divorced from Somalia in every sense of the word, as I thought that he is not a supporter of Somaliland’s successes.
However, I was somewhat surprised and taken aback to his hostility to Somaliland and its people and even to the degree that he bluntly said that he did not feel save and was lucky to survive a planned car bombing. Furthermore, I couldn’t comprehend (neither will any Somaliland will do) why K’naan resorted in carrying a pistol around with him in Hargeisa?
In summary and in my understanding, he has been an ungrateful guest to a proud and honourable nation as well as failing to mention their unparallel success stories in an honest and more in depth ways.
Read the full interview here,