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On August 12, 2011
Fonti & Miles
The Lion Sleeps Tonight
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The Lion Sleeps Tonight Genre: R&B, doo-wop, world
"The Lion Sleeps Tonight", also known as "Wimoweh" and originally as "Mbube" is a song recorded by Solomon Linda and his group The Evening Birds for the South African Gallo Record Company in 1939. It was covered internationally by many 1950s pop and folk revival artists, including The Weavers, Jimmy Dorsey, Yma Sumac, Miriam Makeba, and The Kingston Trio. In 1961, it became a number one hit in the U.S. as adapted by the doo-wop group The Tokens. It went on to earn at least 15 million US dollars in royalties from covers and film licensing. Then, in the mid-nineties, it became a pop "supernova" (in the words of South African writer Rian Malan) when licensed to Walt Disney for use in the film The Lion King, its spin-off TV series and live musical, prompting a lawsuit on behalf of the impoverished descendants of Solomon Linda.
"Mbube" (Zulu: lion) was written in the 1920s by Solomon Linda, South African singer of Zulu origin, who worked for the Gallo Record Company as a cleaner and record packer, and who performed with a choir, The Evening Birds. According to South African journalist Rian Malan:
"Mbube" wasn't the most remarkable tune, but there was something terribly compelling about the underlying chant, a dense meshing of low male voices above which Solomon yodelled and howled for two exhilarating minutes, occasionally making it up as he went along. The third take was the great one, but it achieved immortality only in its dying seconds, when Solly took a deep breath, opened his mouth and improvised the melody that the world now associates with these words: "In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight".
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Another great job here, well done
Hey Gary...you're on a roll now!!! lol Another excellent performance from you...great falsetto dude :))) Thanks again for singing with me...now...what's next? lol
ANOTHER FANTASTIC SONG AND SINGING HERE...YOU KNOW SOMETHING I AM FULL WITH YOUR SUPER SONGS AND SINGING THE NEXT SONG NEED TO SOUND BAD,,PLSEASEEEEE!!!!EXCELLENT!!!! THIS IS REALLY A PROFFESSIONAL SINGINGHUHS,ARIA
wow, what an amazing range you have!! Your falcetto is amazing! That was very well done!! You've just been flagged!Hugs, Char
ok i just had to come listen to this one, w0wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww you two sound incredible on this song, not an easy one to do, thank you for the song history
WELL DONE BUDDY , GREAT JOB.....DAN
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