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Uyimbube (Zulu). You池e a lion.

Most of us a familiar with the song Wimoweh but how many know its roots ? Produced by Zulu musician Solomon Linda in 1939. It's estimated that Linda received a total of 10 shillings for the song. Yet the tune went on to become Pete Seeger's runaway hit Wimoweh, then the Tokens' The Lion Sleeps Tonight, on to at least 160 covers, before ending up in the voices of Timon and Pumbaa, the meerkat and warthog characters in Disney's classic movie and Broadway hit The Lion King

Along the way, it is said to have earned some US$15-million (R90-million) in royalties - but not for Linda. The musician died in 1962 with less than R100 in his bank account. His widow couldn't afford a headstone for his grave. After a six-year battle his surviving daughters Delphi, Elizabeth and Fildah, who had claimed almost R10-million from copyright holder Abilene Music, settled their dispute for an undisclosed sum. The settlement involves back payment of royalties to the family and the right to receive future payments for worldwide use.

Read more: http://www.southafrica.info/about/arts/mbube-210206.htm#.VG121vmUd8E#ixzz3JaBwixml

This shot was taken in the late afternoon when the eight year old Mbube was dozing under a tree

If you would like to listen to the original Solomon Linda song follow this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrrQT4WkbNE
For a version by Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Mbube Wimoweh follow this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJF87m4_k88
And for a rendition by the brilliant Miriam Makeba follow this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G85hfwX2dVk

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  • Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2806 W: 84 N: 6959] (31631)
  • Genre: 場所
  • Medium: カラー
  • Date Taken: 2014-11-04
  • Categories: 自然
  • Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2014-11-19 21:05
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