He survived civil war in Somalia while listening to hip-hop albums, spit political lyrics on behalf of his home country for U.N. diplomats and had the entire planet wavin’ flags during the last World Cup, but now K’NAAN is taking his global musical movement down to the personal level with the help of his homegirl Nelly Furtado. It all goes down in his music video for “Is Anyone Out There?” the lead single from his upcoming album, Country, God, Or The Girl, which lands in stores on May 1.
In the video, K’NAAN and Nelly take on high school and family politics in place of the kind going down in DC and they focus on the wars we fight inside ourselves instead of the ones we wage with tanks and guns.
I don't wanna be left
In this war tonight
Am I alone in this fight?
Is anybody out there?
The most powerful part of the video is its strong storytelling vibe, which makes it easy to identify with the characters that emerge in the rhymes. Who hasn’t felt insecure and alone like Mary (Never won a pageant, Never felt pretty), an outcast goth girl angrily comparing herself to homecoming queen Hannah (Showin' off her banner, Rocking that crown, Make them boys go bananas)?
Or angry and depressed like loner Adam (Grew up mad and antisocial, Drugs were the only, Way out of his own life) who desperately needs his hands-off pops (When his mom had him, Dad was a phantom never took a look at him) to step up his parenting game?
+ VIDEO PREMIERE: K'NAAN featuring Nelly Furtado "Is Anybody Out There?"
K’NAAN has already racked up an impressive activist resume raising his voice for victims of the earthquake in Haiti and famine in East Africa plus, like Miley Cyrus and Rise Against, he’s featured on Amnesty International’s Chimes of Freedom benefit album -- so it’s cool to see the worldly artist lend his epic anthems, usually reserved for geopolitical issues, to individual struggles with this intimate video.