The Lion King – 1994 and Mbube

Disney’s animated musical “The Lion King” came out in 1994 and soon our kids knew the words “Hakuna Matata” (Swahili for “no worries”) and the music to “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” Originally recorded in 1939 as “Mbube” by South African musician Solomon Popoli Linda who died penniless in 1962 the song was made known by Pete Seeger in the 1950s in his rendition as “Wimoweh” and more recently by the South African group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. In 2006 Linda’s heirs received a settlement from the music company that sold Disney rights for use of the song.

The Soweto Gospel Choir did a nice job of Mbube in 2011

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