born on 20/5/1964 in Soweto, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Lebohang Lebo M. Morake (born 20 May 1964) is a South African singer and composer most famous for arranging and performing music for The Lion King movies and stage productions. He was recommended to Disney by Hans Zimmer, the score composer of The Lion King, and was later hired to form and conduct the African choir that sang for the movies. His voice is the first voice heard in the beginning of the film, singing the now famous chant (often considered synonymous with the film's image in popular culture) over the opening sequence. He also contributed to the sequel to the film's soundtrack, Rhythm of the Pride Lands, and the film's direct-to-video sequel The Lion King II: Simba's Pride.
Lebo M was born on 20 May 1964 in the Apartheid-ridden Soweto in Johannesburg, South Africa and was inspired by Nelson Mandela, he spent years working hard in the slums and then in Los Angeles in a variety of jobs, including begging and serving at McDonald's. He was exiled from South Africa in 1979, but returned 20 years later. He lives with his family in Johannesburg and Los Angeles. He founded the Lebo M Foundation and Till Dawn Entertainment.
Lebo M has composed, arranged, performed and produced music for the following films:
- The Lion King (soundtrack)
- The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
- The Lion King 1½
- The Lion King (musical) - singer at One by One
- Black Hawk Down
- The Power of One
- Disney's Animal Kingdom: The First Adventure
- Tears of the Sun
- Back on the Block
- The Color Purple
- Listen Up: The Life of Quincy Jones
- Made In America
- Born to Be Wild
- Long Night's Journey Into Day
- How Wonderful We Are (1995)
- Rhythm Of The Pride Lands (1995)
- Return to Pride Rock: Songs Inspired by Disney's The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998)
- Works written by: MORAKE LEBOHANG. ACE Title Search. American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Retrieved on 2008-10-05.