American singer Beyonce has been called out by some Kenyans for omitting their artistes on her Lion King, saying it is a slap to the face and a damn shame.
Kenyan singer, Victoria Kimani had expressed displeasure over the absence of Kenyan singers in Beyonce’s upcoming album ‘Lion King:The Gift’.
In a tweet, Kimani @victoriakimani said, “As much as we celebrate with our fellow Africans, the obvious exclusion of Kenyans/East Africans on this Soundtrack is depressing. “The movie was based on Kenya.That’s fine …. Our Queen forgot about US. WE were not represented in her love letter to us. It hurts. That’s all.” She further stated that Rafiki, Simba and Nala are Kenyan and Disney would have had Lupita Nyongo or Barack Obama on the outro.
She said, “Since we don’t have artist in East Africa, as much as we celebrate with our fellow Africans.”
John Katana , who is the frontman of the Chakacha Kenyan band, Them Mushrooms, who helped coin “Hakuna Matata, tells TMZ he and a bunch of other Kenyans noticed Bey didn’t include any local artists (big or small) in her new ‘Lion King’ album, “The Gift”, a self-described “love letter” to Africa.
While the Disney folks tapped tons of other African artists that are hot and poppin’ in their own countries, for example, Nigerian pop star WizKid, Ghanaian producer Shatta Wale, Nigerian singer Burna Boy, South African artists Busiswa and Moonchild Sanelly, Nigerian stars Tekno, Yemi Alade and Mr Eazi — they excluded Keynans.
Considering a lot of the scenery, culture and language used in ’94’s and 2019’s “The Lion King” appears to come straight FROM Kenya (or at least East Africa). John says he and lots of other Kenyan creatives found it puzzling not one of ’em made the cut for “The Gift.”
John and music critics alike have noted the omission, and he’s super bummed about it, especially since he says no one from Disney even reached out to the “Hakuna Matata” OGs.
A petition was started last year that called for Disney to drop its trademark over “Hakuna Matata,” which is a well-known Swahili phrase that John and co. claim to have popularized in their ’80s platinum hit, “Jambo Bwana.”