Bruno Mars will produce and star in a musical-themed Disney movie.
The 34-year-old singer has reportedly made a deal with Disney to star in and produce a music-themed theatrical narrative feature, which is currently being developed by the studio.
According to Deadline, the plot is being kept under wraps, but it is believed the production will consist of mostly original music that Bruno will create and perform.
The ’24K Magic’ hitmaker teased the news in an Instagram post this week, when he posted a video of himself playing Disney theme song ‘When You Wish Upon A Star’ on a piano.
The clip was captioned: “If your heart is in your dream No request is too extreme When you wish upon a Star #MarsMeetsTheMouse #ImGoingToDisneyland #YESSS!!”
Bruno is no stranger to appearing in movies, having previously held roles in ‘Honeymoon in Vegas’ and ‘Rio 2’.
The upcoming Disney production is believed to have come out of a long series of discussions between Bruno and Walt Disney Studios production president Sean Bailey.
The pair are now planning to get a writer or writer-director on board to turn the idea into a feature.
The new Disney production will be a big step into the film world for the ‘Uptown Funk’ singer, who has already achieved success as a singer, songwriter, producer, and musician, with a whopping 11 Grammy Awards to his name.
And recently, fellow musician Ed Sheeran hailed Bruno as an inspiration, after collaborating with him for his latest album, ‘No.6 Collaborations Project’.
He said: “He’s just a talented writer. And he’s so musically talented, he’s played every instrument on that [track, ‘Blow’].
“Played the drums, played the bass, played the guitar. He’s like, different level in the studio.”
Sauti Sol has dropped their first single following their new recording deal announcement.
The song titled ‘Suzanna’ tackles the controversial phenomenon of sponsors/blessers. With their clever irreverent lyrics and sharp wit, they poke fun at a woman who is a beneficiary of the champagne life as sponsored by an older man.
I see you in London/ silicone in your bum bum/ shaking what your doctor gave you… You change your skin colour/ and your hair is longer now. Then I see you in Paris/ standing next to the Champs Elysees/ looking sexy in a mini skirt – they sing cheekily.
The accompanying video, directed by Leke Alabi-Isama, was shot in Nigeria. “It’s more comic relief judging by how they are styled in the 70s disco ball chic complete with puffy colourful men blouses, large ‘fros and perms. ‘It’s also a reminder of the good ole days of how stylish Africans were.” comments Bien.
Polycarp Otieno says good vibes continue in the new album, and it will be a milestone release for the group. “There is a lot of maturity in the album. We have come of age and we express how people should perceive us freely after 11 years as professional singers. Every song speaks to an issue that is relatable to everyone.
Suzanna is the first single off their upcoming album titled ‘Midnight Train’. The group is known for hits like ‘Lazizi’, ‘Unconditionally Bae’, ‘Still The One’, ‘Sura Yako’, ‘Extravaganza’, and ‘Melanin’ just to name a few.
Sauti Sol is an award-winning Kenyan afro-pop boy band that was formed more than a decade ago. The group is made up of Bien Aime Baraza, Savara Mudigi, Willis Chimano and Polycarp Otieno alias Fancy Fingers.
Universal Music Africa (UMA), a division of Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment on 30.01.2020 announced the signing of an exclusive recording agreement with Sauti Sol.