WATCH: John Kani, Lebo M fly SA flag high

On the day Disney’s new adaptation of 'The Lion King' opens in cinemas, Worldwide. Lebo M who collaborated with Beyoncé on a new song for the film and John Kani who voices Rafiki. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Music composer Lebo M and veteran actor John Kani continue to fly the South African flag high.

The stars shared their involvement and experience ahead of the premiere of the much-awaited Lion King remake.

Lebo M, who collaborated on a new song with Beyoncé for the film, says the latest adaptation of the movie is proudly South African.

"With this new movie, there has never been a Lion King more South African than this one. We have the normal beginning of nants' ingonyama and you have the first voice you hear singing The Circle of Life is actually a South African", said Lebo M.

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Dr Kani says when the director of the film Jon Favreau approached him to voice Rafiki he was still on the set of Black Panther but he didn't think he was serious.

"So when Jon, the director said to me, I want you to play Rafiki, I was on the set of Black Panther and I didn't know who this guy is because the set is dark."

"He said I want you to voice Rafiki and I thought this is Hollywood saying they are trying to make you a star and they never come back but he came back and we began to work together", said Kani.

Meanwhile, local stars including Cassper Nyovest, DJ Zinhle and Enhle Mbali Maphumulo graced the red carpet at the premier of the movie in South African on Thursday night.

The much-awaited Lion King remake is now in theatres. Reporter Lindiwe Sithole caught up with some of the stars at the movie's premiere in Johannesburg last night. Courtesy #DStv403

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