Meaning of Hakuna Matata

What is Hakuna Matata:

Hakuna Matata is a phrase of the language Swahili or Swahili, a language spoken in East Africa, which has been influenced by Arabic and other languages. The expression Hakuna means "there is not", and the expression Matata means "trouble." Therefore, the phrase literally means "no problem". It is widely used in countries like Zanzibar, Tanzania and Kenya to indicate "everything is fine" or "don't worry, be happy".

This phrase was popularized thanks to the musical animated film The Lion King, released by Disney Studios in 1994. Hakuna matata it was, in effect, the title of one of the most emblematic songs of the film. However, it was not the first time in history that the phrase was used in a song.

Before that, a Kenyan singer named Teddy Kalanda, had composed and recorded in 1982 a song called Kenya hakuna matata, which sold more than 200 thousand copies and became a reference in the region and outside of it. Probably from there the Disney studios have taken inspiration.

This expression has often been associated with the phrase Carpe Diem, of Latin origin. This phrase was also popularized by a movie a few years earlier, known as The death poet Society . When it appeared Hakuna matata, many considered it an African version of Carpe Diem.

Hakuna matata in The Lion King

Piece letter Hakuna Matata of the The Lion King It was written by Tim Rice and the music was produced by Eltohn John. Not only did it quickly become an international success, but it was nominated for an Oscar for best movie song, along with two other songs from this musical, also by Elthon John: Can You Feel the Love Toninght Y Circle of Life.

The film tells the story of a lion named Simba, son of King Mufasa and heir to the throne. Simba loses his father in a tragic accident for which he is believed responsible. Deceived and pressured by his evil uncle Scar, the true culprit of the king's death, he decides to flee.

A wild boar named Pumbaa and a meerkat named Timon find Simba passed out in the sun, so they decide to rescue him and befriend him. Timon like Pumbaa, also isolated from their packs, teach the young lion their philosophy, learned from the experience of living on the fringes of society, singing the song Hakuna Matata. At first, Simba views it as a teaching contrary to his father's philosophy, but he is soon seduced by the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčleaving his past behind and enjoying the present.

The text of the main chorus, in its translation into Spanish (version of the Mexican dubbing), reads like this:

See also Carpe diem.

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