Following Romney beating candidate Newt Gingrich in the Florida Republican primary “Waving Flag” – best known as the theme song for the 2010 World Cup, was used to solidify his triumph – to the dismay of K’Naan, who took to his twitter saying: “Yo @mittromney I am K’naan Warsame and I do not endorse this message.”
The artist later released a statement making his position on the use of his track for this purpose very clear: “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.”
The statement further explained that he was offended by the use of the song, does not endorse Romney in any way, and he and his legal team are currently exploring their options in order to prevent Romney using the song again during his campaign.
K’naan recently released his latest EP More Beautiful Than Silence, and is also socially active working on causes alongside fellow musician and activist Bono helping assist African nations.[via HHW]