By Cam LindsayAs we reported yesterday, Toronto's K'naan will be dropping his highly anticipated second album on February 24. Recorded at the legendary Tuff Gong Studio in Jamaica, Troubadour is packed with some impressive guest appearances as well as big name producers.
The star-studded affair includes Maroon 5's Adam Levine, Chubb Rock, Damian Marley, Mos Def, Jurassic 5's Chali Tuna and perhaps most interesting of all, Metallica's Kirk Hammett. Speaking to Spinner.com recently, K'naan revealed he met Hammett at Bonnaroo through Stephen Marley and invited Hammett to "kind of constantly affect the genre-hopping. I thought, 'What could be better than having him on a great guitar solo?'"
Behind the boards, K'naan also has an impressive list of names, including Track and Field (Nelly Furtado), Soulshock and Karlin (2Pac, Notorious B.I.G., Mary J. Blige), Minnesota (Mos Def) and Kerry "Krucial" Brothers (Alicia Keys).
Here is Troubadour's tracklisting (not sequenced):
"ABC's" (Featuring Chubb Rock) "America" (featuring Mos Def & Chali Tuna) "Bang Bang (Featuring Adam Levine) "Dreamer" "Fatima" "Fire In Freetown" "15 Minutes Away" "I Come Prepared" (Featuring Damian Marley) "If Rap Gets Jealous" (Featuring Kirk Hammett) "People Like Me" "Take A Minute" "Somalia" "T.I.A." "Waiving Flag"
K'naan tour dates:
1/30 Ottawa, ON - University Of Ottawa 2/7 Guelph, ON - Sleeman Centre 2/8 Chicago, IL - Subterranean 2/10 Madison, WI - The Annex 2/13 Lincoln, NE - Nebraska Union Centennial Room 2/14 Denver, CO - Owsley's Golden Road 2/16 San Diego, CA - San Diego Sports Arena 2/19 Garberville, CA - Toph's House 2/20 Oakland, CA - Fox Oakland Theater 2/21 Long Beach, CA - Long Beach Arena 2/27 Washington, DC - Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center 3/7 Miami, FL - Bicentennial Park 3/11 Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom