I had long thought of The Lion Sleeps Tonight
to be an American song but recent (February 2020) research findiing a wikipedia article
has revealed its Zulu origins. Originally titled Mbube
and written by Solomon Linda
, I have re-classied this song/choral piece as "other".
I came to sing The Lion Sleeps Tonight
when auditioning to join a small mixed
Bremen group [Christian, Henner, Maja, Marlene] after my time in the Collegium Musicum Bremen
. The bass line has the the pleasure and honour of singing the the repeated hypnotic "Wimowee"s
It may be found in 4 Voices
published by Edition Helbling
where it is arranged by Conrad Gerlitz and the lyrics credited to L. Creatore and G. Weiss.