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The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Last updated: 04.09.21
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.
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youtube15.jpg Mbube (2:43) Solomon Linda & The Evening Birds
youtube15.jpg Mbube: 1st Recording (1939): (2:42) Solomon Linda's Original Evening Birds
youtube15.jpg The Lion Sleeps Tonight (3:03) Anne Reburn
youtube15.jpg The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Jugend Singt 2014) (2:23) Der Lagenser Jugendchor "Soundtrack"
youtube15.jpg The Lion Sleeps Tonight - a Real Original African Version (3:20) Miriam Makeba