It’s been a fortnight since The “live-action” of Lion King hit the big screen in Kenya and we’re still in awe!
Beyoncé, who voices Nala in Disney’s epic reboot, released The Lion King: The Gift to coincide with the animation’s theatrical release.
Beyoncé took charge of the album as executive producer, curating the tracklist and also singing on several songs herself. Described as a ‘love letter to Africa’, the album features a host of Afrobeat artists from Nigeria and Ghana, such as Burna Boy, WizKid, Shatta Wale, Tekno, Yemi Alade and Mr Eazi, as well as South African artists Busiswa and Moonchild Sanelly.
Conspicuously missing were Kenyan artists. Why is this a big deal? Well, landscape scenes from the movie are widely said to take inspiration from Kenya. So it’s shady for Bey to have excluded our homegrown artists from the line up.
Here are 5 Kenyan artists we think should have been part of the album:
1.) Them Mushrooms
Them Mushrooms, helped create the iconic Hakuna Matata song that featured in both the original 1994 Lion King movie and the latest remake.
2.) Sauti Sol
Kenyan afro-pop band were fronted by tweeps as top contenders. And we agree
Athieno is a performing singer, pianist, songwriter, music producer and audio engineer who has skillfully and creatively fused her musical influences in R&B. She would have been great on that album!
4.) Ayub Ogada (Posthumously )
Afro musician who passed away earlier this year could have featured posthumously. Koth Biro on Lion King would have been great.
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