Buyi Zama – Circle of Life

On the opening track, Buyi Zama, who plays Rafiki in The Lion King Musical perfoms, “The Circle of Life”, from the South African production, which was produced by Lebo M and Pieter Toerien. It made its debut in 2007.

The main cast included:

1. Sello Maake kaNcube (Mufasa)
2. Zoe Mthinyane (Sarabi)
3. Linda Dlamini (Young Simba)
4. Andile Gumbi (Older Simba)
5. Hlengiwe Maseko (Young Nala)
6. Tsholofelo Monedi (Older Nala)
7. Mark Rayment (Scar)
8. Pierre van Heerden (Pumbaa)
9. Peter Mashiga (Timon)
10. Lyall Ramsden (Zazu)

“Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. You need to understand that balance and respect all the creatures, from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope. When we die, our bodies become the grass, and the antelope eat the grass. And so we are all connected in the great Circle of Life.” — Mufasa

Lyrics:

Nans’ ingonyama bakithi Baba! [Here comes the lion, Father!]
Sithi uhm ingonyama [Oh yes, it’s a lion]
Ingonyama nengwe bo! [A lion and a leopard!]
Maye babo, haw’ ingonyama Baba! [Oh my gosh, a lion Father!]

Nans’ ingonyama bakithi Baba! [Here comes the lion, Father!]
Sithi uhm ingonyama [Oh yes, it’s a lion]
Ingonyama nengwe bo! [A lion and a leopard!]
Hhayi khuzani bo, phel’ iyagalela! [Beware, it’s roaring!]

Nans’ ingonyama bakithi Babo! [Here comes the lion, Father!]
Sithi uhm ingonyama [Yes, it’s a lion]
Helele
Ingonyama [A lion]
Siyo Nqoba [We’re going to conquer]
Ingonyama [A lion]
Helele
Ingonyama [A lion]
Siyo Nqoba [We’re going to conquer]
Ingonyama [A lion]

Ingonyama nengw’ enamabala [A lion and a leopard]
[Chant repeats]

From the day we arrive on this planet
And blinking, step into the sun
There’s more to see than can ever be seen
More to do than can ever be done
There’s far too much to take in here
More to find than can ever be found
But the sun rolling high
Through the sapphire sky
Keeps great and small on the endless round

It’s the Circle of Life
And it moves us all
Through despair and hope
Through faith and love
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the Circle
The Circle of Life

[Chant and Praise]

It’s the Circle of Life
And it moves us all
Through despair and hope
Through faith and love
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the Circle
The Circle of Life

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