With the recent reboot of The Lion King hitting cinemas, it's no doubt that the opening song "Circle of Life" is looping in many ears.
Growing up, those of us not familiar with the Zulu language most likely supplemented the song with similar-sounding gibberish. Now that we're adults, it's time to learn the actual words and the meaning behind them.
The lyrics, written in Zulu and sung by the great South African composer Lebo M., read as follows:
"Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba Sithi uhm ingonyama.
‘Nants ingonyama bagithi baba Sithi uhhmm ingonyama Ingonyama Siyo Nqoba Ingonyama Ingonyama nengw’ enamabala"
When translated into English, we lose out on nuances in the Zulu lyrics. However, the straightforward translation of the song is: “Here comes a lion, father, Oh yes it’s a lion. A lion we’re going to conquer, a lion, a lion and a leopard come to this open place.”
Watch the official lyric video from the Broadway production below!
The video spreads out the written words in time with the singing.
Now grab a cat, or a small child to raise above your head, and sing!