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Audio: K'naan x Nelly Furtado 'Is Anybody Out There'


On the heels of its release, K'naan has set free another joint from the digital More Beautiful Than Silence EP (available on  iTunes tomorrow). "Is Anybody Out There" is one of two high-profile features — the other being a track with Nasty Nas — on the mini album. On it, K'naan rejoins past-collaborator Nelly Furtado for an uplifting pop concoction. Stream it below and look for More Beautiful Than Silence on the interwebs tomorrow.

K'naan ft. Nelly Furtado "Is Anybody Out There"

More Beautiful Than Silence EP

1. “Is Anybody Out There” feat. Nelly Furtado

2. “Nothing to Lose” feat. Nas

3. “More Beautiful Than Silence”

4. “Better”

5. “Coming to America”

(via PH)

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