The American version of the album features re-recorded songs, extra tracks, and a bonus DVD. Entitled The Dusty Foot Philosopher Deluxe Version, the album will be released by Bay Area record label, Interdependent Media on June 24th, 2008.
Born in war-torn Somalia, a country that has not had a functioning government since 1991, K'naan's family moved to Harlem after catching the last domestic flight out of Somalia, and eventually settled in Ontario, Canada. On The Dusty Foot Philosopher K'naan writes about daily life in Somalia, the warlords that run his country, and the scourge of violence that has blighted much of Africa. Despite the violence K'naan has experienced, his lyrics address the possibilities for positive change. On "Until the Lion Learns to Speak," K'naan is backed by a solo African drum while he rhymes, "I'm asking we be the ones/ to free our people from guns." "Soobax," the first single from the album, challenges Somalia's warlords to leave the country by laying down a memorable hook that evokes the lively rhythms and energy of the Somalian people. In a time when mainstream America and the world are desperately looking for music that lifts spirits and creates a sense of hope and change, K'naan's music acts as an urgent wakeup call.
Track & Field, the team that produced Nelly Furtado's 5-time Grammy nominated Whoa Nelly, produced The Dusty Foot Philosopher. The critical acclaim K'naan received has led to tours with Mos Def, Nelly Furtado, The Roots, Damian Marley, dead prez, Pharoahe Monch, an appearance on Live 8, and production nods from Damian Marley. Dusty Foot Philosopher Deluxe Version will be released everywhere in the U.S. on Interdependent Media on June 24th.