Khanyi Mbau slams Beyonce’s ‘Lion King’ role – She messed up the Film


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.

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?


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