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We’ve been fans of K’naan for a long time here at CLUTCH, so imagine our surprise when his name popped up in a headline next to Mitt Romney’s.

It turns out that the leading Republican candidate has been using K’naan’s 2010 international hit “Waving Flag” as his theme song along the campaign trail and during his speech following the Florida Republican Primary on Tuesday, something that he never had permission to do. In fact the Somali-Canadian hip-hop artist made it quite clear that he does not want his work used to promote Romney and if he had been asked for permission would have said no.

The Romney campaign responded that they used the song only as much as the law permits, but out of respect for K’naan’s wishes will not use it again. K’naan also made it clear that if Barack Obama wanted to use his music for his campaign that he is free to do so “without prejudice.”

K’naan’s latest EP, More Beautiful Than Silence, is available on iTunes.

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  • So, Mitt did within law boundaries. He apologized-respectfully so. I endorse his message of repent.

  • MarloweOverShakespeare

    Ooooh. Side swipe much? No guessing who has his support. But since he’s Canadian, is he voting for a POTUS? That’s what I’d like to know.

  • NY’s Finest

    This makes me love K’naan even more.

  • “In fact the Somali-Canadian hip-hop artist made it quite clear that he does not want his work if he had been asked for permission would have said no.”

    Can you guys fix that sentence?

    Anyway, good one for Mitt to stop using the song. First display of sense I’ve seen from his campaign. Still, I wish he’d crawl back in the hole he came from.

    • Fixed – thanks for pointing out that typo!

  • This reminds me of the time back when I was a child when Bruce Springsteen told Ronald Reagan to “knock it off” when he tried to use Bruce’s “Born In The U.S.A.” as his theme song for his re-election.

    (Yes, I am showing my age by the mere fact that I even brought this up, LMAO!!!!)