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

Disney didn't just commit cultural appropriation when it locked down the rights to "Hakuna Matata," the company actually stole the saying from an incredibly popular Kenyan band … this according to the group's frontman.


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  1. well they stole the whole concept of the lion king from a previously made japanesse film….. go look up kimba the white lion…. >.> lol

    • +Tayler Tofflemire there is a difference between being inspired by something and basically plagarizing it. go do research on the movie i stated its a carbon copy.

    • You’re absolutely right, there is a difference between being inspired by and stealing. Disney straight up stole. What should we do? Boycott or bootleg.

    • +Stephan Droid lol you know how many things Disney has stole throughout the years? Look up Disney’s history and you’ll find blackmail, murder, deceit, and Fleischer studios, the real first animation studio.

    • So why is this conversation being brought up now and not when the first Lion King movie came out?

    • Joash Mathew I guess as He stated, they are much more enlightened in regards to copyright matters and business ownership compared to the 80’s and 90’s. I hope the brother gets Paid.

    • +Sky’s Thelimit – love women like you. Not anal about it, just know the truth and laugh. We need more like ya.

    • Uh no. Did you not watch the video? Disney is trying to copyright the phrase “Hakuna Matata” which is the name of this bands song, so they don’t want to lose rights because it is one of their more popular songs that made them the most money. Think before you speak

    • Oy Boy but they’re late – they should have done it in 1980 🤦‍♀️ they just check to see if it was copywritin and if not they do it and it’s theirs 🤦‍♀️ They’re late AF and must need money 💴so they are putting out to sell music 🤦‍♀️ They just tried to cover themselves but like at the end he said they didn’t know what to do 😂 too bad so sad 😭 😆

    • im kenyan, the man said they didnt know how to handle copyright back in the days. but now they do. now they can do something, and its their phrase now why u condoning stealing?

  2. It’s not about them being 24 years late with complaining. They didn’t really care that much in the beginning. Now it’s about Disney trying to copyright the phrase, and that’s the problem. Guessing it’s going to be a problem for them in Kenya, because their song is also called ‘Hakuna Matata’ and maybe can’t be called that anymore? I don’t know. Disney should just give these people some cred intsead of riping off people. Like with ‘Kimba the white lion’ they’re still denying that they copied that Japanese movie. Like, c’mon!

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