Recorded in Gallo Recording Studio c. 1939. Vocals: Solomon Linda (soprano), Gilbert Madondo (alto), Boy Sibiya (tenor), Gideon Mkhize (bass), Samuel Mlangeni (bass), and Owen Sikhakhane (bass). Willie Gumede (banjo), Peter Rezant (guitar), Emily Motsieloa (piano) [...] a dense meshing of low male voices above which Solomon yodelled and howled for two exhilarating minutes, improvising occasionally. 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. – Rian Malan - Default - 4286Ivriblack_5f3a3921ae6bd_5f3a39c652ad

Original Lion Sleeps Tonight called Mbube Solomon Linda's Original Evening Birds (1939, lyrics)

Original "Lion Sleeps Tonight" called "Mbube" Solomon Linda's Original Evening Birds (1939, lyrics)

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Recorded in Gallo Recording Studio c. 1939. Vocals: Solomon Linda (soprano), Gilbert Madondo (alto), Boy Sibiya (tenor), Gideon Mkhize (bass), Samuel Mlangeni (bass), and Owen Sikhakhane (bass). Willie Gumede (banjo), Peter Rezant (guitar), Emily Motsieloa (piano) "[...] a dense meshing of low male voices above which Solomon yodelled and howled for two exhilarating minutes, improvising occasionally. 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." – Rian Malan

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