After the song got the nod as Coca-Cola's official World Cup jingle — and its lyrics were, ahem, tweaked, to make it more uplifting — the Somalian-born Canadian rapper trotted “Wavin' Flag” out in 86 countries on FIFA's World Cup Trophy tour, and since then it has hit No. 1 in 17 nations. (Which begs the question: What's up with those other 69 countries?)
How will it do in the Republic of the Sunset Strip?
Pretty well, we suspect. K'naan's tour stop tonight at the House of Blues includes an appearance by Bruno Mars, who co-produced “Wavin' Flag” and whose debut EP It's Better if You Don't Understand has become a commercial rage itself.
Mars is part of the hit-making production trio the Smeezingtons — his vocals are on B.o.B.'s hit “Nothin' on You,” so he knows No. 1, and Mars also helped Travie McCoy get his solo career started by collaborating on “Billionaire.”
Elsewhere: El-P does an instrmental set at Low End Theory at the Airliner. … Wavves' sold-out album release party (the L.A. version) goes off at the site of the former Madame Wong's. … And Andy Clockwise headlines Spaceland, supported by Sweaters ad Boyz Skule & the Precious Medals.
Also: Michael Runion and Franklin for Short at the Bootleg Theater; Death Kit and Standing Shadows at the Silverlake Lounge; Ty Segall at the Smell; Meiko and Jamie Drake at the Hotel Cafe; Bedouin Soundclash and Iration at the Huntington Beach Pier in conjunction with the U.S. Open of Surfing; the Piper Downs, One High Five and So & So at Molly Malone's as part of International Pop Overthrow; and Corridor at Echo Curio.