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Lebo M.

Lebo M.

A South African composer most famous for arranging and performing music for the Lion King movies and stage productions
Lebo M.
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Intro A South African composer most famous for arranging and performing music for the Lion King movies and stage productions
A.K.A. Lebohang Morake
Is Musician Composer Singer Lyricist Film score composer Songwriter
From South Africa
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio Music
Gender male
Birth 20 May 1964, Johannesburg, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa
Age 56 years
Star sign Taurus
Peoplepill ID lebo-m
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Biography

Lebohang “Lebo M.” Morake (born 20 May 1964) is a South African producer and composer most famous for arranging and performing music for The Lion King movies and stage productions. He was recommended to Disney by Hans Zimmer, the score composer of The Lion King, and was later hired to form and conduct the African choir that sang for the movies. His voice is the first voice heard in the beginning of the film, singing the now famous chant (often considered synonymous with the film's image in popular culture) over the opening sequence. He also contributed to the sequel to the film's soundtrack, Rhythm of the Pride Lands, and the film's direct-to-video sequel The Lion King II: Simba's Pride.

Early life

Lebo Morake was born on 20 May 1964 in the Apartheid-ridden Soweto in Johannesburg, South Africa and was inspired by Nelson Mandela, he spent years working hard in the slums and then in Los Angeles in a variety of jobs, including begging and serving at McDonald's. He was exiled from South Africa in 1979, but returned 20 years later. He lives with his family in Johannesburg and Los Angeles. He founded the Lebo M Foundation and Till Dawn Entertainment.

Filmography

Lebo Morake has composed, arranged, performed and produced music for the following films:

  • The Lion King (soundtrack)
  • The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
  • The Lion King 1½
  • The Lion King (musical) - singer at One by One
  • The Power of One
  • Dinosaur
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom: The First Adventure
  • Tears of the Sun
  • Back on the Block
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire
  • Listen Up: The Life of Quincy Jones
  • Outbreak
  • Congo
  • Born to Be Wild
  • Long Night's Journey Into Day

Discography

  • How Wonderful We Are (1995)
  • Rhythm of the Pride Lands (1995)
  • Return to Pride Rock: Songs Inspired by Disney's The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998)
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