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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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