Insingizi, Nkwali recruited for The Lion King

Insingizi, Nkwali recruited for The Lion King
Published: 29 September 2017 (505 Views)
While Hollywood and the world at large have been abuzz about the pending remake of classic animated flick The Lion King, Bulawayo musicians Insingizi and Nkwali are part of an elite cast of musicians that will lend their voices to legendary South African producer Lebo M's soundtrack of the blockbuster movie.

Lebohang "Lebo M" Morake is a South African producer and composer most famous for arranging and performing music for The Lion King movies and stage productions.  The award-winning hit musical ranks as one of the most successful and longest running Broadway productions, seen by over 85 million audiences around the world.

In 2009 Lebo M composed music for and produced the opening and closing ceremonies of the Fifa Confederations Cup. He also served as the composer and co-executive producer of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Insingizi and Nkwali are part of a world class group of musicians whose voices will grace various soundtracks that drew inspiration from one of the highest grossing animated films,  the highest grossing 2D film, a two-time Oscar winner and a multi-million dollar spinning Broadway production.

News surrounding the movie indicates that this is shaping up to be one of the studio's most ambitious projects, with a release set for theatres on July 19, 2019, a little over 25 years after the animated movie was released.

Before that however, the Hollywood in Vienna concert will give the platform to various productions from around the world to showcase their own renditions of the classic soundtrack.

Insingizi and Nkwali recently joined other vocalists from countries such as Nigeria, Senegal, Rwanda and Sweden for rehearsals in Vienna, Austria.

Speaking from his Austrian base, Mkhaya confirmed Insingizi's participation in the musical extravaganza.

"We are there as Insingizi and Friends and this is quite a big honour for us. The friends are Nkwali from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and Smiley from Durban, South Africa," Mkhaya said.

- bmetro

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