Beyonce Faces Backlash Over Omitting Kenyan Artists on 'The Gift'

July 24, 2019
Kenyan artist calls out Bey for leaving Kenya off of "The Gift" album.

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Beyoncé recently released her special curated soundtrack album "Lion King: The Gift" as a self-described "love letter to Africa."

However John Katana, the frontman for Chakacha Kenyan band “Them Mushrooms”, said he isn't feeling it.

In an interview with TMZ, Katana expressed displeasure in finding that Kenyan artists seem to be completely left out.

“No one called us," he said. "We just read about it in the media like everyone else.”

Katana makes the point that and his band popularized the phrase "hakuna matata" in their song "Jambo Bwana."

“Creatives in the country are complaining that Kenyan artists, if not "Them Mushrooms", should’ve been on Beyoncé’s recording. Because the phrase was made popular from Kenya, from our band." he said.

Though Kenyan artists were not included, "The Lion King: The Gift" features artists such as WizKid, Burna Boy, Yemi Alade and Mr Eazi from Nigeria, Busiswa and Moonchild Sanelly from South Africa and Ghanian producer Shatta Wale.

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