The music of celebrated hip hop artist and poet, K'naan, chronicles Somalia's civil war.
His childhood marked by violence, K'naan fired his first gun at eight and, at age 11, saw gunmen slaughter three of his friends.
He eventually fled Somalia and is now making music about his experiences.
His new CD, Troubador, blends hip hop vibes with African and rock rhythms and gives voice to the crisis in his homeland.
K'naan shares his story with Tony Cox.