by simon baird

Saturday, April 03, 2010

stuff i did not know the song 'the lion sleeps tonight' aka 'wimoweh' aka 'mbube'

Read this on Wikipedia: (tldr: african composer screwed out of millions in royalties, dies poor)

They made a documentary:

Original song (heart youtube):

Pete Seeger and the Weavers version:
Earlier version (live mp3)
Later version (live mp3)
(...which was not a huge hit. The one you probably know was by 'The Tokens'.)

A fuller version of the story.
New York Times article.

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