Wavin' Flag. Ooh, woooh. Give me freedom, give me fire. Give me reason, take me higher. See the champions, take the field now. You define us, make us feel. We all say. When I get older I will be stronger. They'll call me freedom, just like a wavin' flag. And then it goes back, and then it goes back. And then it goes back. K'naan’s most popular song, becoming so after Coca-Cola decided to use it as the official song for read more». Give me freedom, give me fire. They'll call me freedom just like a wavin' flag.
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Having escaped with his family from the violence and chaos of Somalia many years before, he was still trying to come to terms with what was happening there and express it in the only way he knew how, through music.
This mix of Afrobeat and North American pop is one of those songs that once you get the music in your head it will play there, in a temporal loop, all day long. But then you get beyond the music and chorus to the meat of this song.
Born to a throne, stronger than Rome but violent prone, poor people zone, But it's my home, all I have known, Where I got grown, streets we would roam. But out of the darkness, I came the farthest, Among the hardest survival. Learn from these streets, it can be bleak, Accept no defeat, surrender retreat, So we struggling, fighting to eat and We wondering when we'll be free, So we patiently wait, for that fateful day, It's not far away, so for now we say The politics here is personal as a young man tries to understand what happened to the land of his birth.
He finished the album Troubadour, and the song was an almost instant hit. Wavin' Flag made its way to Coca Cola who were looking for an artist to write them a song for their ad campaign for the World Cup in South Africa. They were impressed with it and approached K'Naan; he suggested using "Wavin' Flag". To the corporation's credit, they asked him if he really wanted to use such a personal song in a commercial enterprise. He suggested rewriting it.
The World Cup version, which has quickly become the unofficial anthem, is a completely different animal, yet it achieves its own level of greatness. Where the original song revealed an artist attempting to understand the struggle that his people still suffered through, the new version became a celebration of soccer, or as fans call it, The Beautiful Game. And together at the end of the day.
I think K'Naan's decision to offer it up in rewritten form was inspired, because it became like a book newly adapted for the screen. The original is still up there on the shelf, unharmed. This lesson can easily be integrated with a Language Arts lesson on poetry as poetic devices such as simile, metaphor and rhyme patterns are in abundance in this song.
Example- Wavin Flag- a metaphor for freedom and how musical poetry has and continues to be a compelling outlet for social commentary that can reach the masses. Teacher should listen to and discuss the meaning behind the lyrics with students and how they relate to what students know about refugees "fighting to eat, so many wars settling scores, bringing us promises, leaving us poor", patiently waiting for that fateful day" etc. Encourage students to sing along and dance or move to the song as rhythm and movement are inextricably linked to lyrical rhyme.
After discussing the meaning of Wavin Flag and how it connects to refugees have students write their own "Protest Poetry Raps" in groups or pairs. Option 2- widen the scope and allow students to choose another topic for protest bullying, racism, sexism, homophobia, children's rights, slavery, oppression of Aboriginal people etc.
Brainstorm as a class a list of words for students to choose from that relate to refugees and write a couple of lines together as a whole class to provide modelling and guided practice for students.
Have students perform their raps for the rest of the class or another class. His name, K'naan, means "traveller" in the Somali language. K'naan grew up in a small village that was badly hurt during the Somali civil war. Many of K'naan's friends were forced to become child soldiers and fight in the war because they were kidnapped or orphaned thier parents died K'naan lived with his mother Marian Mohammed who struggled and struggled to get a visa to the United States.
She was taking care of K'Naan and his cousin but unfortunately she only had enough money to pay for two visa's.