The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Today we talked briefly about “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” composed originally by a Zulu man, later appropriated by other groups and then became a case of intellectual property rights. Here is a report, published in the New York Times, March 3, 2006.

JOHANNESBURG JOURNAL

In the Jungle, the Unjust Jungle, a Small Victor

By SHARON LaFRANIERE
Published: March 22, 2006

 As Solomon Linda first recorded it in 1939, it was a tender melody, almost childish in its simplicity — three chords, a couple of words and some baritones chanting in the background. But the saga of the song now known worldwide as “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” is anything but a lullaby.

Solomon Linda, left, the composer of Africa’s first megahit, with the Original Evening Birds, in 1941.

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Naashon Zalk for The New York Times

Elizabeth Nsele said her father’s song about the sleeping lion had roots in a hard childhood protecting cattle.

But the saga of the song now known worldwide as “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” is anything but a lullaby

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