The FIFA World Cup 2010 anthem Wavin’ flag singer, K’Naan, who has admitted to being a huge fan of Indian music and cinema, wants his song Fatima from his album, Troubadour, to have a Bollywood music video.
The song is an ode to a girl, Fatima, who the Somali-Canadian artiste grew up with. Says K’Naan, "Fatima and my story is like an epic Bollywood story. I grew up with her, and we shared young love. It was a time of war, so my family and I had to leave Somalia for New York. I had told her I would return, but three days later, she was killed in the war. The song will connect better if the visuals are typically Bollywood, with some flashback images from my childhood."
K’Naan, who is collaborating with composers — Vishal-Shekhar on a track soon, says it was that difficult time in his life that made him a musician.
"I wanted to avoid getting into music, since many of my family members are musicians and it would be a cliché to follow them. But I was diagnosed with depression as a teenager because of the circumstances I faced. And to overcome them, I subconsciously turned to music. I wrote songs to make life better than what it was the earlier day."
Feelings through music On being asked whether his next album will also feature songs on his life in the war-torn Somalia, he says, “My music is about the moment. I like becoming a hostage of an emotion or a feeling, and create songs around that. If you plan music, people can see through it.”
But if there is anything that K’Naan is certain about, it is the fact that he really wants to visit India soon. “I’ve never been to India and am really excited to visit it.
It would be a pretty remarkable experience. I have non-stop commitments now, so I’ll need to find time soon.”