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“The Lion Sleeps Tonight” – – – Now available in Chord/Melody format as arranged by Ukulele Mike Lynch . . . Contained in the Chord/Melody eBook TWO

May 12, 2016

UKULELE MIKE LYNCH - All things UKULELE

lion sleeps headerThe Lion Sleeps Tonight”, also known as “Wimoweh”, “Wimba Way” or “Awimbawe”, is a song written and recorded originally by Solomon Linda with the Evening Birds[1] for the South African Gallo Record Company in 1939, under the title “Mbube”. Composed in Zulu, it was adapted and covered internationally by many 1950s pop and folk revival artists, including the Weavers, Jimmy Dorsey, Yma Sumac, Miriam Makeba and the Kingston Trio. In 1961, it became a number one hit in the United States as adapted in English with the best-known version by the doo-wop group the Tokens. It went on to earn at least US$15 million in royalties from cover versions and film licensing.

The Lion Sleeps Tonight is an ideal song for a Chord/Melody formatted ukulele arrangement.  Chord/Melody format is played quite simply by just brushing the thumb over the strings and the melody…

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