Disney Stole ‘Hakuna Matata’ Phrase From Kenyan Band Them Mushrooms, Singer Claims


Disney didn’t simply commit cultural appropriation when it locked down the rights to “Hakuna Matata,” the corporate truly stole the saying from an extremely widespread Kenyan band … this in accordance with the group’s frontman.

John Katana is on the bottom in Africa, and the singer tells us Them Mushrooms popularized the phrase method again in 1980, when the band launched its hit tune, “Jambo Bwana.”

In Swahili, “Hakuna Matata” means “no problem” or “no worries” … and also you most likely understand it from ‘Lion King’ characters Timon and Pumbaa

The authentic tune went platinum in Kenya within the 1980s, however John says he and his bandmates didn’t perceive copyright legal guidelines again then, permitting Disney to swoop in and trademark the phrase in ’94, coinciding with its film launch. 

Disney is releasing a brand new ‘Lion King’ subsequent summer season, and the elevated highlight has led to a rising petition accusing the corporate of “colonialism and robbery” … whereas calling on Disney to desert its trademark. The petition has over 147,000 signatures. 

John tells us his band is upset over Disney’s trademark, as a result of they really feel their concepts have been stolen … and he says with better understanding of copyright legal guidelines and mental property theft, the band is exploring authorized motion in opposition to Disney. 

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