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Beyonce’s album dedicated to Lion King movie receives backlash from East African artistes



Well, the the remake of the The Lion King film has received global applause owing to the fact that singer Beyoncé Knowles-Carter was featured in it among other great cast.

The movie premiered on Wednesday, July 17, in a grand ceremony in the U.S. and on Friday, July 19, in Kenya.

However, many artists from the East African region are disappointed after Beyonce’s Lion King Album – ‘The Gift’ was released which has corporated big names from West and South Africa.

Among them is Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Tekno, Burna Bwoy, Wizkid, Shatta Walle as Beyonce noted the album featured African acts and instruments to bring out the continent’s authenticity.

Despite having featured Swahili lyrics in the album there was one thing that did not go so well with stars from East Africa, that is, there was none featured in the album.

No Kenyan or East African hitmaker has been featured in the album despite some scenes in the film being shot in Kenya and neighbouring Tanzania.

Beautiful scenery and unique Swahili terminologies characterize the movie.

Singer Victoria Kimani took to Twitter to express her disappointment insisting that the exclusion of Kenyans and East African artists in general was too obvious.

Sauti Sol generation artist Polycarp acknowledged talented artists featured in Beyonce’s playlist but questioned why Kenyans were not represented.

He noted his disappointment asking netizens to share their views on one of his Instagram posts.

The post attracted a lot of responses including one from Wet songbird Vanessa Mdee.

According to her it was not a great move and implies that East Africa may not have had a representative at Disney or in Queen Bey’s team.