The original title of the song was Mbube
, which is the Zulu word for "the lion" (Malan, 2003).
Certainly a song called Mbube
(The Zulu word for lion) was written in the 1920s by Solomon Linda, a Zulu singer who worked for the South African Gallo Record Company as a cleaner and record packer.
Among them were Elvis Presley''s Can''t Help Falling in Love and Louis Armstrong''s What a Wonderful World, as well as the Americanised adaptation of South African musician Solomon Linda''s Mbube
which became The Lion Sleeps Tonight.
The group, whose album Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu won a Grammy in the Best Traditional World Music category, have built up a fan base around the world with their unique blend of a cappella and mbube
music - loud, powerful choruses contrasting with softer, whispering chants - and rhythmic dance moves.
Laughter's absence flashes as Afrikaner accents sing the stolen Mbube
song (6) and then, buffalo soldier, win the war for America, if you know your history, then you know where you're coming from, then you wouldn't have to ask me, who the heck do I think I am, I mean it when I analyze the stench, to me it all makes sense, Woy, yoyyoy, Woyyoy-yoyyoy.
The tracks are Animal Crackers, No More Monkeys, Nella Vecchia Fattoria, Aves, The Littlest Birds, The Three Bears, Cantiga do Sapo, L'Otorhinoceros, Bigi Kaiman, Don't Ever Step on a Snake, Eagles, If a Dinosaur Was My Friend, and Mbube
Mei Gui, 2006, is Cuoghi's version of traditional Chinese music; Mbube
, 2005, is based on a very European, slightly colonial idea of what African music might sound like.
It refers back to South Africa's miner's hostels and a singing style known as mbube
from the early 1940s.
is a rich `a capella', male choral approach usually sung in Zulu.
In plays like The Long March, Bambatha's Children, and Mbube
between 1985 and 1993 they fine-honed Zulu tradition, migrant-worker musical styles, and oral rhetoric to create humorous, grotesque celebrations of their power and plight.
The Zulu group sings a cappella isicathamiya and mbube
music - loud, powerful choruses contrasting with softer, almost whispering chants where voices blend harmoniously, combined with tightly-choreographed dance moves that keep the singers on their toes.
It turns out that in 1939 he composed a song called Mbube
, later recorded by Pete Seeger as Wimoweh, and which eventually evolved into The Lion Sleeps Tonight, recorded in various forms by upwards of 150 artists over the years.