Romney to stop playing K’Naan’s song
February 1st, 2012
09:24 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney to stop playing K’Naan’s song

(CNN) – Mitt Romney's campaign will stop using the song "Wavin' Flag" by rapper K'Naan after the Somali-Canadian music artist said he was "dismayed" the campaign had played the tune at Romney's Florida primary victory party on Tuesday.

"I have not been asked for permission by Mitt Romney's campaign for the use of my song. If I had been asked, I would certainly not have granted it,” K'Naan said in a statement. “I would happily grant the Obama campaign use of my song without prejudice."

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The rapper said he would seek legal action to prevent any further use of "Wavin' Flag," better known as an international hit and anthem for the 2010 World Cup

Team Romney said the song was used under their "regular blanket license.”

"But we respect K'Naan's statement and will not use his music again," Rick Gorka, spokesman for the campaign, said in a statement to CNN.

– CNN Political Producer Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. ksmary

    I thought Mr. Romney's major talking point was that he has had business experience. Does he not know about copywrite laws? What kind of businessman was he?

    February 1, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  2. Ricky

    Ok thats awesome K'Naan, you just seem uneducated at this point. I will gladly boycott your music from now on.

    February 1, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  3. VoiceOfReason

    I used to be a fan of yours but not anymore! I don't care if you don't want your song to be played on one of our politician's campaign but to say that Obama can use it without prejudice is stupid. You're not even American K'naan. You think you can actually play politics here and take sides? NOT! For that, I will be campaigning to get your music BOYCOTTED!

    February 1, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  4. San

    Very nice K'naan. Having your Somali-Canadian behind kiss the behind of the OBAMA that has screwed many of us AMERICANS for over 3 years??? You lost a fan here.

    February 1, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  5. Kevin,FL

    HAHA that song rocks.. it doesn't deserve to be played at any Republican rally ever..they have the Oak Ridge Boys to pick up the slack though.. Obama'12

    February 1, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  6. Ed 1

    Must be a racist only one way he would let the song be used.

    February 1, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  7. Katie B from NC

    Doesn't anyone have a clue what intellectual property rights are? K'Naan ought to sue. Make an example out of them!

    February 1, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  8. donna

    A musician's song is a gift to the world. It's beyond restrictions. So I don't agree that artists should be so political about their music.

    February 1, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  9. Vin Dicated

    Why do so many politicians play songs without permission?

    February 2, 2012 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  10. Thomas

    Mitt should ask K'Naan for vocal lessons .

    Romney sings America the Beautiful with NO HEART . I want to see Mitts five sons sing THE STAR SPANGLED BANER at a VA hospital..

    February 2, 2012 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  11. canuck41

    ohhhhh please, get real pal. he says " I would have given it to the Obama camp without predjudice" ok whatever Canadian Boy.

    February 2, 2012 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  12. manhandler

    He's gotta use something. My cat died when his rendition of America, the Beautiful come over the TV.

    February 2, 2012 04:35 am at 4:35 am |
  13. Scott

    Who cares what this ganster rapper cares about.

    February 2, 2012 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
  14. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Romney to stop playing K’Naan’s song◄
    Dang, Romney keeps "stealing" – What's wrong?
    I guess he believes he "owns" everything, that's a fact
    Typical of "rich folks" they're "nothing" but spoiled brats

    Obama 2012

    February 2, 2012 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  15. Anonymous

    Cue the haters in 3, 2, 1 . . . .

    February 2, 2012 07:12 am at 7:12 am |