Hakuna Matata is a Swahili phrase that is literally translated as "There are no worries." It is sometimes translated as "no worries," though it is more commonly used like the American-English phrase "No problem."
In popular culture
In 1994, the Walt Disney Company's animated movie, The Lion King, brought the phrase to international recognition, featuring it prominently in the plot and devoting a song to it. A meerkat and a warthog, named Timon and Pumbaa, teach the main character, a lion cub named Simba, that he should forget his troubles. The song, like the rest of the soundtrack, was written by Elton John and Tim Rice, who respectively composed the music and lyrics. During production of the film, the filmmakers had planned to use a song titled "Warthog Rhapsody", but after the production team returned from their safari trip in Kenya, they decided "Hakuna Matata" would be a better phrase.
The song was nominated for Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 67th Academy Awards, and was later ranked the 99th best song in movie history by the American Film Institute on a list of 100.
- Schrager, Noah. 10 things you probably didn't know about The Lion King. The Christian Science Moniter.
- AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs.