The Lion King is now the pride of Kenya after the recognition under Magical Kenya and of course because the likes of Beyonce are featured in the film that is all about animals in the Kenyan kingdom.
The Lion King album, The Gift, by Beyonce has featured a few other artistes like Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z, Blue Ivy Carter, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Pharrell, Major Lazer, Wizkid, Burna Boy, Mr. Eazi, Yemi Alade, Tekno & Tiwa Savage, South African acts Moonchild & Busiswa and others.
As you can tell the list has no Kenyan or East African artiste despite the fact that the story is based on an East African story. This made so many Kenyan artistes mad and they have been ranting on social media seeking their ‘rights’.
Reality hit them hard and Muthoni The Drummer Queen ka MDQ, had some two cents on the whole issue.
For her, she feels Kenyans need to be in the table where these decisions are made. Basically, her message to her fellow artistes was that they need to be very active in networking. To use the likes of Wanuri and DJ Poison Ivy to introduce them to the people in the decision-making positions.
Tedd Josiah, a legendary producer also said his two cents when he called out Kenyan artistes. He told them to sell their music to publishing houses which will make it easier for them to
you’re talking about the fact that Lion King has no Kenyan artistes. this is why Tiwa Savage one of the artistes in the album is signed by Roc Nation which is Jay-z’ and he has the publishing rights. Publishing is what you do not have and when you’re told to sign, you say they want to steal from you. When someone has your publishing rights, they go and peddle your song for you. You need a publishing house to do that so if you do not have one, you can’t get such deals. You artistes make me mad. Useless!
So many artistes did not like what he said but, he was calling a spade a spade.