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“K’Naan Is Difficult” According To The South African Newspaper, The Times

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Firstly, I have a mild crush on K’Naan just because I think he is insanely talented and he reps Africa quiet lovely actually….there! That being said, I was so disappointed to read this article about him and his recent trip to South Africa for the 2010 World Cup. All I gotta say is, why can’t we all just get along?…I mean really?!?

Peep this vid of K’Naan performing at the 2010 World Cup opening ceremony:

Fast-forward to end of the 2010 World Cup, and Gabisile Ndebele of the South African newspaper, The Times had this to say:

K’Naan is ‘difficult’


Red flags over Wavin’ Flag star


The world might be hooked on his Wavin’ Flag hit but it seems K’Naan has not impressed everyone, with some people criticising him for being ”difficult”.

The 32-year-old singer – real name Keinan Abdi Warsame, born in Somalia and moved to Canada at 13 – has been in the country for the World Cup.

In the wake of his numerous appearances at fan fests and other concerts, the star has left tour insiders complaining about his attitude.

“There were several times when he made it so hard for us to deal with him. He complains and whines about the things he has to do . He even said he would not go to Alexandra township because it was dangerous,” said an insider who spoke to The Times on condition of anonymity.

“This all comes from a guy who was born in Mogadishu. He even says things like he wishes he were back overseas then he wouldn’t have to do all these visits to townships.”

K’Naan’s remixed single Wavin’ Flag was chosen as Coca-Cola’s anthem for the 2010 World Cup and has been played extensively in advertisements for the product.

In December, he performed it during the sponsor’s World Cup trophy tour, which took him to 86 countries.

But appearances are deceiving, say insiders, who claim that “he hasn’t really been the sweetheart that the press has painted him to be”.

“At the Durban press conference [last week], K’Naan agreed to taking only six questions, claiming that his voice was sore. Then he didn’t show up for another press conference, on Saturday, forcing the organisers to reschedule everything,” the insider said.

“We’ve received complaints from people claiming that he is mean and refuses to take pictures with them, and he also told some people that he wished he could get out of the contract and go back home .”

But K’Naan’s manager, Sol Guy, disputed the allegations, saying: “K’Naan was also human first before he was a celebrity, and he was very happy taking hundreds of pictures all weekend” [at the MTVBase Lounge Nights, at Latinova, in Rosebank, on Friday, and at Sun City, on Saturday night].

“We can’t make everyone happy and that is evident because those few people who never got their chance to take a picture with him will be criticising him for that one incident,” Guy said.

“He has been working with this campaign for 18 months. He hasn’t seen his family in that time, he is tired and, yes, he did fall ill. “To get this kind of criticism when he has worked so hard is unfair.”

K’Naan wrapped up his tour on Saturday night with a performance at Sun City.

Ok, not sure of the veracity of the above allegations but I all gotta say that it is all around unfortunate. Of course, K’Naan took to Twitter to vent his frustrations at the article. Yup!

What Do You Guys Think About This Whole Situation?!?!?


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Muah & ♥ ya for it!

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  • The Real Tate

    I think K'naan said it all. Shame on this kind of reporting from Gabisile Ndebele of the South African newspaper, The Times. We would only expect this kind of reporting from the infamous H-Metro of Harare, Zimbabwe. Lies, Lies, Lies.

  • FaraiToday

    Hi The Real Tate,

    Do you know something about the article that we don't?!? Okay for real though, which is which, either K'Naan said and did as the article alleges or Gabisile Ndebele embellished the truth…your comment is not altogether clear….

    Muchas gracias!

  • Arsenalboy

    Fuck u South Africans n get the fuck off K'naan's back bitches….even if he said da townships r too dangerous n he wont travel thea, u gotta respect the guy coz ur fuckin sticking townships r dangerous n yeah he was born in Mogadishu bt he is Canadian now n lives in Toronto…wat the fuck makes u think people who were born in Mogadishu can stand for ur fuckin barbarism?????i was born in Mogadishu bt am American citizen now n i'll never step in ur fucked up nation coz ma pple r like black diamond n a target….shame on u SA!!!!!!!!

  • S.Bula

    the credibilty of this journal is Zero; It is chocking they came up with such a allegations and they cant even show the person who said it.

    You can touch K'naan. He is lovely and every body can see that. shame on you south Africans. Better look out for those killing your people and stealing your property!!

  • Savijeabounim

    ALL TRUE!!! Knaan is a talented person who thinks women are less and he is far greater than anything else he is on stage with. He has no manners and when he does, its a front. Truth always seeps out!!!!!

  • Trinacollardo

    Truth is truth people

  • Pastaqueeninthabronx

    sorry Arsenalboy, i know you want to protect your boy, but its all true.
    I respect your freedom to respond as you feel but I am just clearing the air and letting you know its true that he is rude and demanding and all those things.

    We live and learn, hopefully he will.

  • Mick

    I gotta say this… I’m Canadian, from TORONTO, and I used to be a huge K’naan fan… proud that he was from my hometown… until I saw him perform in Toronto last year.

    He was extremely rude to the sound people, he was demeaning toward the audience. He does think he is a god and we are all brainless followers. Everyone was confused, looking at each other, because he is not the man we thought he was. Idk if he is going through some personal stuff but when I left the concert I was no longer a fan.

    I was planning to stay to meet him at the after party, but as soon as the last note was played, I exited the building in a rush not wanting to hear about this guy for a while.

    Biggest letdown of my life when it comes to meeting your hero.