the very beginning of "circle of life" in Swahili

the very beginning of "circle of life" in Swahili

Postby thanigraphics » November 1st, 2009, 11:32 pm

When TLK starts, you hear, I guess, Lebo M. singing in Swahili, before the english lyrics of "Circle of Life" start. Now Thani, my boy, is really curious what these lyrics in Swahili mean, and what the text has to do with the story.
You also hear a kind of background choir singing in an African language, maybe Swahili, singing in the background of songs with English lyrics. Does anyone know where a translation of these can be found?
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Re: the very beginning of "circle of life" in Swahili

Postby Simba » November 1st, 2009, 11:54 pm

he's singing in Zulu, not Swahili. here are the lyrics and what I know of the translations:

Nants' ingonyama bagithi baba (Here comes a lion, father)
Sithi uhhmm ingonyama (Oh yes, it's a lion)
Ingonyama (lion)
Nants' ingonyama bagithi baba (Here comes a lion, father)
Sithi uhhmm ingonyama (Oh yes, it's a lion)
Ingonyama (lion)
Siyo nqoba (We're going to conquer)
Ingonyama (lion)
Ingonyama nengw' enamabala (A lion and a tiger come to this open place)
[last line repeats]

there's some debate on the main chant about whether it's tiger or leopard, though.
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Re: the very beginning of "circle of life" in Swahili

Postby RayCat » November 2nd, 2009, 12:04 am

I know, I've always been wondering the same thing! I'm gonna do some research ;) I'll return with whatever I find!
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Re: the very beginning of "circle of life" in Swahili

Postby Moka » November 2nd, 2009, 12:10 am

Simba wrote:there's some debate on the main chant about whether it's tiger or leopard, though.


Most people think it's Tiger, but here's a website that says otherwise: http://www.lionking.org/~taabani/
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Re: the very beginning of "circle of life" in Swahili

Postby LilTiger » November 2nd, 2009, 12:16 am

(Go Tiger XDXD)

Yeah, I really don't know. But whatever it is I'd probably like it.
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Re: the very beginning of "circle of life" in Swahili

Postby Simba » November 2nd, 2009, 12:29 am

well, I actuall saw it as Ingonyama n'nengw' enamabala before, which I suppose could be a contracted form for and tiger. but I also think it's more sensible for it to be a leopard since tigers don't live in Africa. of course, didn't Zimmer say it was "Here is a lion and a tiger" or something along that line in one of those "journies" on disk 2 of the special edition?
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Re: the very beginning of "circle of life" in Swahili

Postby thanigraphics » November 2nd, 2009, 12:45 am

thanks, he was wondering.... it's a kinda basic lyric, but it's fun to know what it means, though :D Thankies LilTiger!! :D
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Re: the very beginning of "circle of life" in Swahili

Postby KovusTrueMate » November 2nd, 2009, 5:54 am

I agree with Simba/AJ. I looked it up in Google Translator and it is that! :confident:
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Re: the very beginning of "circle of life" in Swahili

Postby Mike » November 2nd, 2009, 5:59 am

*casts his vote for "Tiger"* lol ^.^ Thanks for the research!
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