Hakuna Matata

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"Hakuna matata" is a Swahili saying meaning "no worries" (literally translated, it means "There are no concerns here.")

The saying first appeared in Western cartoons in the Swedish cartoon Bamse in the mid 1980s, where Bamse's baby daughter Brumma's first words are Hakuna Matata. Bamse was created by Rune Andréasson.

The saying was made widely popular in the Disney movie The Lion King. In the movie, a meerkat and a warthog named Timon and Pumbaa, respectively, teach a lion cub named Simba that he should forget his troubled past and concentrate only on the present. In reference to the two characters, the phrase had the added implication of a complete lack of ambition.

"Hakuna Matata" is also the name of a song from that movie by Elton John with lyrics by Tim Rice.

There is also a song written to the tune of Hakuna Matata called Vagina Dentata.

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