Recently renown international singer and actress Beyonce Knowles Carter released her new album titled The Lion King, The Gift which was welcomed enthusiastically by her loyal fans. The album is already doing well and has received massive airplay internationally after just two days of its release this Friday. This album also features the remake of the 1994 edition of the Lion King which premiered last week in cinemas around the world. This movie was voiced by a number of famous Hollywood actors such as Beyonce, Donald Glover, Seth Rogen among others.
However, on the musical side Beyonce featured a number of artistes such as Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams and another surprise act being her daughter maiden feature Blue Ivy who featured in Beyonce’s new song titled Brown skin girl.
Beyonce album which she dubbed as a ‘love letter to Africa’ features a number of African musicians majority of them West African musicians including Mr Eazi, Yemi Alade, Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy, Tekno Miles, Wiz Kid and Shatta Wale.
This did not go down well with the East African musicians especially from Kenya who voiced their disappointment in not being featured in the album. One of the musicians Vitoria Kimani posted on her twitter handle claiming that since Simba is a Swahili word translating for lion and the entire setting of lion King was based on the East African setting, it was a huge mistake not to include any Swahili speaking musician on this album.
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 ??— VICTORIA KIMANI (@VICTORIA_KIMANI) July 16, 2019
Well Queen Bee I think you heard the disgruntled voices from the East Africa Musicians. Tunataka to feature on this album unless you got a special one for us.