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Famous Lion King’s Line ‘Hakuna Matata’ – Meaning

On hearing the catchphrase “Hakuna Matata”, what would be the first thing that comes to mind?

To most of the Walt Disney fanatics, it would be none other than the glorified animated musical film, The Lion King.

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Those that are blessed with a vivid memory could even remember the set up with three magnificent funny animals that met by chance and became best buddies.

A meerkat, warthog and a lion became best of friends.

Going for adventures, eating bugs and surviving in the jungle by themselves would be their order of business.

Hakuna Matata is a Swahili phrase that means “no worries”.

Swahili is a national language in Kenya and Tanzania and also common in other East African countries like Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and in other Central African regions like the Congo.

No Worries

In 1980, The Mushrooms, which was a Kenyan band, released their hit song “Jambo Bwana” which the catchphrase “Hakuna Matata” was used repeatedly in the chorus.

In 1983, Boney M which was a German group released an English version of The Mushrooms “Jambo Bwana”.

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Later on during, The Disney Renaissance, in 1994 Walt Disney Pictures film and animated musical movie The Lion King used “Hakuna Matata” in one of their songs.

The Disney Renaissance saw a return of animated musical films in the Bronze age that were based on stories in the golden and silver age.

Some of the movies that came up in the Disney Renaissance are The Little Mermaid in 1989, Beauty and the Beast in 1991, Aladdin in 1992, The Lion King in 1994, Pocahontas in 1995, The hunchback of Notre Dame in 1996, Hercules in 1997, Mulan in 1998, and finally Tarzan in 1999.

The Disney Renaissance started and ran from 1989 to 1999. Most of the movies released then had good teachings for the children.

Children tend to be very good at memorizing things, with this, they gain so much in life.

The Disney Renaissance proved to be the best decision ever made. Animated cartoons and music is by far the best combination ever.

Song Hakuna Matata

Elton John and Tim Rice wrote the song Hakuna Matata which ended up being one of the best songs ever in an animated movie ranked 9th.

A song so good, simple, funny and witty that has gotten generations to sing along and always have a smile to show it.

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Disney shocked everyone after they trademarked the phrase, “Hakuna Matata”. This sparked controversies on so many Africans and they all had something to say.

The one thing that stood out was how Africans may lose their heritage.

Trademarking the phrase would bar people from using the phrase to print on t-shirts. Many people have come together to sign a petition against Disney for colonialism and theft of the highest order.

Respected and highly known Professor Ngugi Wathiongo criticized the move. This was a capitalist move done by Walt Disney after they saw a record-breaking 8.1 billion dollars grossed from its production alone.

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