*Hip-Hop artist K’naan is demanding an apology from a South African newspaper for making him look like a desperate, pest of a rapper. His song, “Wavin’ Flag” was selected as Coca-Cola’s official anthem for the World Cup, so he has been the face of the company while in Johannesburg.
The Times newspaper of Johannesburg published an article that criticizes K’naan for giving promoters a hard time.
“There were several times when he made it so hard for us to deal with him,” the article stated. “He complains and whines about the things he has to do. He even said he would not go to Alexandra Township because it was dangerous. We’ve received complaints from people claiming that he is mean and refuses to take pictures with them, and he also told some people that he wished he could get out of the contract and go back home.”
When the word got back to the artist, he noted that the paper did not credit an actual interviewee. The article quotes and “insider.” So now he is demanding an apology from the paper.
“I just read a Times Live article entitled ‘K’naan is difficult,'” K’naan tweeted. “A piece entirely based on the opinion of ‘an insider’ who is never named. It’s unfortunate when one of the biggest (papers) in South Africa can publish a rumor piece without ever qualifying any of their statements.”