My name isNasra omar and today I will analyse a song known as waving flag by knaan. Knaan is a somali Canadian singer that used to live inSomalia and later during civil war moved to Canada with his parents. The songwas released in 2009 in youtube and it become number 2 in Canadian chart.
in2010 , the song was choosen by coco cola to be the anthem for the fifa worldcup hosted in south Africa. Some of the lyrics were changed to make it unifyingwith celebration tone. It was also used to raise awareness of famine thathappened to Haiti people where many singers got involved and they raised moneyfor the Haiti people.My FOAcorresponds to part 1 of the course which its learning outcome of what languageof a text tell us the writers cultural context I n this case the singers.Audience>are Somalis and also people who werecolonized and African americans.Theme> freedom In the first two lines and the title of the song introduce the image ofa waving flag which represents freedom and repetition of words like I whichindicate that its someone talking about their country.
There is repetition ofthe line “When I get older, I will be stronger” throughout the song, with hopefultone that the future is brighter ,also with these lines we can identify thetarget audience to be his own people Somalis as Knaan repeats I and words likeflag and freedom hence people who come from his country will understand him andthus are his first audience. But also asthe song continues we can see his target audiences are not only Somalis butother people that experienced war, colonized and faced hunger or maybe stillfighting to get their freedom, he wants to give them hope andinform them they are not alone in this situation.We know he is talking aboutSomalia his country when he sings these lines “it is my home all I have known ” in theprevious line there is simile where he compares Somalia to rome toshow that Somalia used to be strong as rome. Also with use a metaphor and rhyming words, he tells us the past and the present of country been like kingdom but now is made upof slums of poor people. He is educating his audience about how these people that were under colonization through his languages by using words like stronger, surrender, retreat” and calling them “survivals” depict what livesof these people are like. As the song continues, he talks about how these countries that were colonizedexperienced wars using words like , settling scores these are terms are used in games and it show two teamagainst each other.
that been colonized countries and their colonisers.To showthat these colonizers are bringing empty promises knaan quotes with words likeheard or say to emphasize how much familiar the people are with these fakepromises. Here he also reveals through use of metaphor as love being the way orthe solution. This again emphasizes how the promises don’t solve things. Like you cant solve hunger and violence withlove instead its solved with peace and food. We have the repetition of the wordlove. The diction of words like,believers emphasize how colonisers imposed their ideologies on people of they colonise. Ideas such as religion.
Becausewhen these colonisers come to a country they come with their culture, theirfaith and their language and spread through missionairies . as the song lyricscontinues, Knaan talks about the dominance imposed on the colonies and thecomprises they make with the rulers. The language here such as deceive, fightand battle show this and also it carriesa sad tone. The effect is that the audiences that are familiar with stories likethese to feel upset and disappointed. The next lines have an encouraging tone which creates a sense ofstrength and bravery within the audiencesas Knaan tell the story of colonisation.
We have a simile In which colonies are compared to buffalo soldiers.These were African/American unit in the army that were segregated from the restof the army but also they took part in the civil war. This part of the lyrics adds on to Knaans targeted audience, heremayb l African/americans can relate towhat he is saying. Even though he talks about movingforward like buffalo soldiers, the road ahead is not easy and that can be seenby a worrisome tone which in turn creates an upset mood within the audiencesthat understand his point of view.Last but not least knaans language tells us his cultural context.
Hewants to educate people about the effects of colonization and Also show empathyto ones that already experienced such scenarios, he gives them hope throughlanguage that the future is bright and with patience all the struggles will lead them to be free. Thank you for listening