About 18 months ago, I referred to a report that the family of the composer of this popular song, who died almost penniless, were likely to get their due from Disney. It appears this has finally happened, though not in a court house.
Relatives of the composer of the popular song The Lion Sleeps Tonight – a South African named Solomon Linde – have dropped their lawsuit against US entertainment group Disney after settling for an undisclosed sum with a US music publishing house. The Johannesburg Sunday Times reports that the family, who lives in Soweto, was claiming R10m in damages from Disney in compensation for Linde, who composed the original Zulu tune called 'Mbube' (meaning lion) in 1939 and died with less than $25 in 1962.
My favourite version of The Lion Sleeps Tonight by the Canadian group, The Nylons.
The Lion Sleeps Tonight (aka "Wimoweh") - Midi version