During last night’s (January 31) Republican primary duel in Florida, GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney curiously employed the use of Somali-Canadian rap artist K’naan’s 2009 smash hit “Waving Flag” during his speech. It appears that the rapper does not approve of the former Massachusetts governor taking his song without his permission.
Earlier today, K’naan tweeted, “Yo @mittromney I am K’naan Warsame and I do not endorse this message.” Now, in a brief statement, K’naan further makes it clear that Romney’s use of the track was not authorized nor appreciated.
“I have not been asked for permission by Mitt Romney’s campaign for the use of my song,” said K’naan, “If I had been asked, I would certainly not have granted it. I would happily grant the Obama campaign use of my song without prejudice.”
According to the rest of the statement, K’naan was offended by Romney’s use of the song and does not endorse the candidate in any way. K’naan’s management and legal team are exploring legal action options in order to prevent Romney from using the song during his campaign any further.
Along with being a social activist working on causes alongside Bono and promoting causes to help assist African nations, K’naan just dropped his latest EP More Beautiful Than Silence last week.