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The “Mbube” Trail

3rd Ear Music: Hidden Years Archive
This South African music site is packed with articles, news and other related information. Read a reprint of Rian Malan’s Rolling Stone article that brought the story of “Mbube” to international consciousness and get updates on the copyright battle in the News Forum.

Behind the Hits: Mbube/Wimoweh/The Lion Sleeps Tonight
This discography includes a partial list of the many songs inspired by “Mbube,” “Wimoweh” and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”

Time: It’s a Lawsuit, a Mighty Lawsuit
Read a November 2004 news item on the Linda family’s lawsuit against Disney, and TRO/Folkways decision to give the family royalties for “Wimoweh.”

Spoor & Fisher: Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Others "Kidnapped and Held Hostage" In Extraordinary Legal Proceeding
Copyright lawyer Owen Dean, who represents the estate of Solomon Linda, talks about how the “Mbube” lawsuit could impact legendary Disney trademarks. This Web site for Dean’s law firm also contains fact sheets and updates regarding the case.

The Chicago Tribune: Children Seeking Royalties From “Lion Sleeps” Tune
Solomon Linda’s daughters speak out in this 2001 article on the fight over “Mbube.”

Telegraph.co.uk: Penniless Singer’s Family Sues Disney for Lion King Royalties
Learn more about the Disney lawsuit and the Linda family in this 2004 article.

Sunday Times: Where Has All the Money Gone?
This 2000 article outlines the controversies surrounding the “Mbube” legal battle, with quotes from George Weiss, Gallo Records and Rian Malan.

BBC News: “Lion Sleeps Tonight” royalty row
Linda’s daughter Elizabeth talks about the history of “Mbube” and the family’s struggles in this 2003 article.

South African Music

Afropop Worldwide: Isicathamiya
What is isicathamiya? Read a brief definition about the musical form performed by Solomon Linda and the Evening Birds and popularized by Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Mbube Roots: Zulu Choral Music from South Africa, 1930s–1960s
(Rounder Records, 1987)
This musical compilation includes the first radio recording of Ladysmith Black Mambazo in 1967, rare tracks by Solomon Linda and the Evening Birds and isicathamiya recordings from the 1930s.

Nightsong: Performance, Power, and Practice in South Africa
By Veit Erlmann
(Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology, 1995)
Erlmann’s book is the first comprehensive study of isicathamiya performance and its relation to the culture of Zulu migrant laborers. With an introduction by Joseph Shabalala of Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

The People

Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Get tour dates, browse a photo gallery, listen to song samples and more on the official Web site of South Africa’s most famous band.

The Manhattan Brothers
Learn more about the history of this South African singing quartet, formed by Joe Mogotsi and featured in A LION’S TRAIL.

Pete Seeger: Folk Singer and Songwriter
Read a biography of Seeger and learn more about his musical history, as well as his political and activist work.

Songwriters Hall of Fame: George David Weiss
Read a biography of George David Weiss, get a discography of his songs and listen to audio clips.

Jay Siegel and the Tokens
Check out tour dates and band biographies, and listen to the Tokens' rendition of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” on Siegel’s Web site.

My Traitor's Heart: A South African Exile Returns to Face His Country, His Tribe, and His Conscience
By Rian Malan
(Grove Press, 2000)
Malan, the journalist and author featured in A LION’S TRAIL, is best known for this account of his return to South Africa after eight years in exile.


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