The live action remake of Disney’s The Lion King will be premiering in South Africa in the next few days
While plenty of African countries claim ownership of the Disney story, South African fans of the film, which originally premiered in 1994, might have a stronger argument than most for being excited about the upcoming remake.
With South Africans in the cast and on the soundtrack, we are all eagerly awaiting the release of one of Disney’s most successful stories ever.
Here are a few reasons why Mzansi is excited for the 2019 edition of The Lion King
Dr John Kani is making us proud once again
Dr Kani’s portfolio of work grows more impressive by the year but we never stop beaming with pride when his name appears in the credits of yet another international film.
John will be voicing the character of Rafiki in The Lion King.
— TheWrap (@TheWrap) August 7, 2017
It’s a ‘proudly South African’ production
Musician and playwright, Lebo M, proudly described The Lion King as “…the most South African a product can be, at the highest level”.
With our language, music and culture influencing much of the storyline, we can’t argue!
Lion Producer Lebo M sheds light on the relaunch of the production. He has co-written a song with Beyonce. Moreover, John Kani plays Rafiki in the latest offering of Lion King. #POWERPerspective pic.twitter.com/LaWGKZfYRU
— POWER 98.7 (@Powerfm987) July 4, 2019
Speaking of Lebo M…
Lebo M IS The Lion King. He has single-handedly influenced the international production of the play over a number of decades.
He also has a special song with the one and only Beyoncé Knowles, that will be appearing on the soundtrack.
Lebo M, producer on the original and 2019 version of #TheLionKing soundtrack on Beyoncé’s solo song on the soundtrack: “I can be ambitious and say I have a feeling the song just might be bigger than Circle Of Life”. pic.twitter.com/8DCAnqf0yz
— The Pop Hub (@ThePopHub) July 5, 2019