Do You know the original version of the sound track of “The lion king “ was first done by a South African artiste Solomon Linda ? He was inspired by his childhood life how he and his friends used to chase away lions . His song “ Mbube “ ( The lion ) became a house hold song in South Africa in 1939 . He did the song with his group called “Evening Birds ) . Gallo Music Publishers , a recording company in South Africa approached him and offered him 10 shillings ($2) and bought the rights of his song which they later sold to another company that finally sold it to Disney for millions of Dollars .
Solomon Linda died broke and his family couldn’t even afford to make a tombstone at his grave . Years later a South African journalist wrote an article about Solomon Linda that went viral . His family sued Disney with the backing of the South African Government and Disney had to give them an undisclosed sum .
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