And one of the best things about live performances is that they give people a whole new way to appreciate well-known songs. The single has become much bigger than the band themselves. The song actually comes from a South African artist called Soloman Linda, who recorded the first version way back in And the original version of this song was performed in Zulu and named Mbube , meaning Lion. They first released the single in The single shot to number one on the US music chart and went on to sell over one million copies. The drums play their signature lead in to the song. But she sounds amazing. Everyone in the crowd was amazed at what they witnessed. It must have been like hearing the song for the first time all over again!
Woman sings “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” with an unspeakably beautiful twist
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It became the number one selling song in when it was first released by The Tokens, but the story goes a bit further than that. The song contains all the ingredients for the The Lion Sleeps Tonight, yet over the decades Solomon and his decedents have received only a tiny fraction of the royalties that he deserved for what became one of the biggest pop songs of all time. It seems like with a high pitched singing voice like that, Jay could easily have been a member of The Beegees if he so desired.
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Linda's original was written in Zulu , while the English version's lyrics were written by George David Weiss. The song was adapted and covered internationally by many pop and folk revival artists in the s and s, including Henri Salvador , the Weavers , Jimmy Dorsey , Yma Sumac , Miriam Makeba , and the Kingston Trio. In , it became a number one hit in the United States as adapted in English with the best-known version by the doo-wop group the Tokens. It went on to earn millions in royalties from cover versions and film licensing. The pop group Tight Fit had a number one hit in the UK with the song in He spent his weekends performing with the Evening Birds, a musical ensemble, and it was at Gallo Records, under the direction of producer Griffiths Motsieloa, that Linda and his fellow musicians recorded several songs, including "Mbube", which incorporated a call-response pattern common among many Sub-Saharan African ethnic groups , including the Zulu. The third take was the best, achieving immortality when Solly took a deep breath, opened his mouth, and improvised the melody that the world now associates with these words:. In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight. Issued by Gallo as a rpm phonograph record in ,  and marketed to black audiences, "Mbube" became a hit and Linda a star throughout South Africa.
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