A Lion's Trail

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Everyone knows the song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." But how many people realize that a Zulu shepherd boy who earned little in royalties originally wrote it? A LION'S TRAIL, directed by award-winning filmmaker François Verster, traces the music back to its original source to tell the story of how the Zulu song "Mbube" was transcribed by American folk singer Pete Seeger into "Wimoweh" and finally gained international recognition as "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." By following A LION'S TRAIL, we learn the tragic story of Solomon Linda, the man behind the music, who was cheated out of the credit and royalties for his composition and died in poverty.
Directed By:
Francois Verster
Running Time:
1 hr
Release Date:
April 6, 2023


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