Born in Somalia and raised in Canada, K’Naan, born Keinan Abdi Warsame, is a poet, rapper and musician. Following a spoken word piece delivered at the United Nations, K’Naan was asked by Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour to collaborate on his 2001 album Building Bridges. The singer debuted The Dusty Foot Philosopher in 2005 and released five additional projects since, with Country, God, or the Girl dropping in 2012. He received a 2010 BET Awards nomination for Best International Act.