If there’s anybody brave enough to tackle the Beyhive, it’s Khanyi Mbau. The socialite and actress is not impressed with the singer’s contribution to the upcoming The Lion King film
While many around the world were praising Beyoncé Knowles after a snippet of her character Nala emerged for the first time, one person who was/is unmoved by her performance is Khanyi Mbau.
The Abomama star led the way in representing South African opinions when she shared her scathing criticism of Beyoncé’s voice acting, claiming that she had “ruined” the film.
Although Beyoncé’s fans are notorious for defending their queen through thick and thin, it was worth noting that a number of fans (both locally and internationally) shared Khanyi’s opinion.
Several fans claimed that Beyoncé simply did not sound like the Nala we know and remember from the original film, and that hearing Beyoncé’s voice was distracting.
It’s like something is off here, maybe the lions look too real for voice overs And I know Nala is Beyoncé but it sounds very Beyoncé. It’s so distracting 🤣 pic.twitter.com/78ffne34Ap
— teniade (@ramicoco) July 6, 2019
One Twitter user summed up the feelings of many when he questioned, “Someone needs to explain why a supposedly African lion has the accent of a black woman from the Southern US #LionKing” and it looked as if a number of people agreed – including Khanyi Mbau.
The South African TV personality didn’t mince her words after seeing the clip of Beyoncé as Nala when she said:
Beyoncé …… lion 🦁, A BIG NO!! She messed up the film. #TheLiongKing
— KHANYI MBAU (@MbauReloaded) July 9, 2019
It’s so destructing 😩
She dont got no acting voice
It’s like you watching one of her tours
— Akhumzi (@Akhumzi930) July 9, 2019
I’ll always say Beyoncé can’t talk guys all she can do is sing. Honestly her talking voice is not nice
— Trinity Singh (@Seth_Cairo) July 9, 2019
The problem is that the promos made it about her, which sucks, because the movie is about Simba and the circle of life…
— rea (@bbygalrea) July 9, 2019
While her voice acting may have drawn criticism, her singing (which can never be questioned) appeared to make up for it when she released a song steeped in African culture, titled Spirit
The single, which features on the upcoming Soundtrack, adopts some kiSwahili lyrics and is part of The Lion King: The Gift album.
On her contribution to the soundtrack, Beyoncé described the body of music as a “love letter to Africa” when she said in a statement, “‘It was important that the music was not only performed by the most interesting and talented artists but also produced by the best African producers.
“Authenticity and heart were important to me. This love letter to Africa highlights the setting of the film, rooted in African culture and wondrous narratives”
What’s your take on Beyoncé’s voice acting? Do you feel as if she “ruined” The Lion King with her contribution?