Don’t expect to hear any more [artist id="2344547"]K’Naan[/artist] songs at Mitt Romney’s campaign events as the Republican presidential hopeful heads into the Nevada and Maine primaries this Saturday.
The Somalian/Canadian rapper released a statement Wednesday that he planned to seek legal action if Romney’s camp continued playing his song “Waving Flag” at events. A spokesman for Romney’s campaign told CBS News that although the song has been used through the campaign’s regular blanket license, they’ll stop playing it out of respect for K’Naan’s wishes.
When MTV News caught up with K’Naan via Skype on Thursday (February 2), he said his song has nothing to do with Romney’s political views.
“Mitt Romney makes the sort of statements that are the antithesis of the very music that I make,” K’Naan said before referencing a comment Romney made to CNN on Wednesday after his Florida primary win that he isn’t worried about the very poor. ” ‘I’m not very concerned with the very poor’ — my music is concerned with the very poor.”
While this certainly isn’t the first time an artist has taken issue with their music being used during campaign events, K’Naan felt Romney’s use of the track was distorting the mood it had come to represent — including being used as Coca-Cola’s theme song for the 2010 World Cup . “It bothers me when music is appropriated in the wrong way. It’s not in the same spirit that I create the feeling and the statements that I get from his campaign.”
K’naan, however, does not mind his song being used at political events as long as a candidate’s values align with his own. “President Obama has ideas and convictions that I can get behind,” he said.
When asked if he had any message for Mitt Romney, the artist thought for a second before smiling, “Romney, we might disagree with policy, but you have a good choice in music.”
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