Friday, February 17, 2006

Disney settles out of court over South African song

Relatives of the original composer of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" have dropped a lawsuit against Disney after settling for an undisclosed sum of money with an American music publishing house. The family of the late Solomon Linda, who composed the original Zulu tune for the song, had claimed 10-million rands in damages from the entertainment giant. Linda, who died with less than 151 rands in his bank account in 1962, was a Zulu migrant worker who composed the song "Mbube" in Johannesburg in 1939 and recorded it with a singing group called the Evening Birds.

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