The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Kristi T, Kyle Collier, Va Yang

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What is the best way to SHOW and TEACH others what you have learned about your piece though the video? It's up to YOU to come up with what makes the most sense.

The following was simply the assignment, and should only be used as a STARTING POINT, or for reference.

The following points were decided upon as a class, and are used as a basis for which to conduct research about the song. Please note, that it is expected that the students will go above and beyond the following points, and only use these as a starting point. The findings will determine what is ultimately included in the final product.

The format of the research paper is a five (or more)-paragraph essay. Papers not written in this format will be given zero credit and the student will be expected to resubmit the paper in the correct format.

Background of the song
The Lion Sleeps Tonight began in 1939, it was a hit music, it was also a Africa popular music hit.And it became a hit in the U.S and U.K. The original title of this song was "Mbube" which means "lion". It was an originally song, sung in Zulu (Swaziland). This song was very popular in the 1930s by South African singer Solomon Linda. They got the idea of this song when they used to chase lions who were going after the cattles owned by their families. It was a huge hit in South Africa. And around 1948 a record company sent a copy of the song to Decca Records in the U.S, hoping it would get distributed there. An Folk singer Pete Seeger got a hold of the song and started working on the English version of the song. This song was also used in the Disney's 1994 hit movie "The Lion KIng". And this song is still "great"!
When it was written
The Lion was written in 1939 by Solomon Linda, and his group the "Evening Birds"
Purpose it served (Was it written for a specific reason? Protest? Fun? Love? etc.)
The song was written from the idea of "chasing lions away from families cattles". This song was also played very often in Africa for celebrations,ceremonies and etc.
Effect on society, or how society affected it.

Lyrics - include interpretation


Who wrote it? Who performed it? If there are multiple performers, please list all. Who was the most popular? Were there different styles? Solomon Linda wrote the song. The Tokens performed the song and kind of made it theirs since they changed the title of the song. And in the 1950s, Miriam Makeba recorded this with Zulu lyrics, and Pete Seeger recorded it with his band, "The Weavers". They recorded the refrain of the song(no verses) and they called it "Wimoweh".
World/political events at the time.

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