Anyone who grew up in the 90’s will undoubtedly know the Disney movie ‘The Lion King’. Enter Wiese, a musician and DJ who has developed a love story with the film.
The soundtracks that accompanies it is considered a masterpiece by many fans. In particular, Wiese wanted to retell one of the songs from the movie, ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ and the result is a massive Spotify success and millions of plays in just the span of a few months.
History of the Song
‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ was actually not made for the movie but origins several decades earlier. It was performed and written by Solomon Linda in Zulu language in 1939 and put under the title ‘Mbube’. It became a hit when it was covered by a doo wop group called ‘Tokens’.
Wiese’s Interest and Recreation
Wiese thought the film’s 25th anniversary was the perfect event to remake the song. His idea was to produce it under the EDM banner while retaining its original flavor and induce nostalgia. Furthermore, Wiese believed that it was time for the song to receive a modern twist.
All in all, Wiese respected the song enough to retain its original tune and vibes while adding hints of his own style.
Success for Wiese
Wiese’s hard work and vision paid off. The retelling had overwhelmingly positive reviews from fans and ‘The Lion King’-enthusiasts. In Spotify, the remake became popular in just a few months after its release and has about five million plays.
An original music video accompanied Wiese’s retelling of ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ and he solved the making of the video in the most creative way.
Those who haven’t watched the music video will be in for a surprise. Wiese and his crew wanted to throw in a bit of fun and so they did. The ‘lion’ in this case is a person dressed up with a onesize suit and a large lion’s head. The lion is in for some really cool adventures in the urban jungle and interacts with its population in a most light-hearted manner.