When I Get Older: The Story Behind Wavin' Flag

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Reviewed by Lidwien Kapteijns

review Source: Africa AccessBook Author: K"NaanSince it became the theme song of the Soccer World Cup in 2010, many young people all over the world have come lớn know và love sầu the “Wavin’ Flag” tuy vậy of Canadian-Somali Hip Hop singer K’naan (born Keynaan Abdi Warsame). This creative sầu và impressive sầu book for children aged six and up tells the story behind that tuy vậy.

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In relatively few words and with superb illustrations it tells the story of the thirteen-year old K’naan, whose family was suddenly confronted with civil war violence in Mogadishu và fled first lớn New York City & from there lớn Toronto, Canadomain authority.

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Whenever K-‘naan did not feel well, was scared during the violence, or felt discouraged when he was picked on by schoolmates in Toronkhổng lồ, his grandfather would comfort hyên ổn with the poetry lines: “When I get older, I will be stronger. They’ll Gọi me freedom, just lượt thích a waving flag.” At school in Toronlớn, the story goes,

K’naan phối these words khổng lồ music and bridged the gap between himself and the other students at his school. Continue reading.

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When I Get Older by K"Naan Illustrator: Rudy Guiterrez Published by Tundra Books on 2012 Genres: Africa, Immigration và Emigration, Music, OwnVoices Pages: 32 Reading Level: Grades 1-2, Grades 3-5 ISBN: 9781770493025 review Source: Africa Access Buy at Powell"s Books

Publisher"s Synopsis: “Wavin’Flag” has become an international anthem. Its powerful words of hope have crossed generations & borders, và have sầu made K’NAAN an international star. In his first book for children, When I Get Older, Somali-Canadian poet, rapper, singer, và songwriter K’NAAN tells his own story. Born in Somalia, he grew up in Mogadishu. His grandfather was a renowned poet who passed on his love sầu of words lớn his grandson. When the Somali Civil War began in 1991, K’NAAN was just thirteen. His mother made the difficult decision khổng lồ move her family so that they could grow up in safety. First in Thủ đô New York và then in Toronto, K’NAAN faced many challenges. Like so many other immigrants, he had khổng lồ make a place for himself in a world of alien customs, clothes, andlanguage. His road was a hard one: he lost many friends khổng lồ violence. But K’NAAN’s love of music, & his enormous talent, became a way for hyên to connect with his past, with his classmates, & eventually, lớn millions of people around the world. Not only does K’NAAN tell a story that will inspire and encourage young readers, but he provides a brief history of the Somalian conflict. The lyrics of “Wavin’ Flag” are also included. Born Keinan Abdi Warsame, K’NAAN first came to lớn prominence when he performed a spoken word piece before theUnited Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 1999. A member of the audience, the singer Youssou N’Dour, was so impressed that he asked K’NAAN lớn take part in an album & khổng lồ tour with hyên. Since then, K’NAAN has performed in more than 86 countries & has received many honors, including three Juno Awards và the Đài truyền hình BBC Radio 3 Award for World Music. During the Vancouver Olympics, he worked with other Canadian musicians và artists under the name Young Artists for Haiti lớn produce a charity version of “Wavin’ Flag.” The tuy vậy was adapted again lớn become the FIFA World Cup theme tuy vậy. There are now twenty-two versions of the song, which hit #1 in nineteen countries.


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