OT: "Ai kama zimba zimba zayo"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Wed Jul 8 02:43:28 UTC 2009

Seeger wrote English lyrics for several South
African songs, but I think now I have conflated
"The Zulu Warrior" of Marais and Miranda with
"The Lion Sleeps Tonight" (aka "Wimoweh"), also
about a Zulu warrior/chief.  Too late at night
for me to start searching my LPs.



At 7/7/2009 09:00 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
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>Seeger recorded a version of this?! What in the world could he have
>been thinking?! As fate would have it, I've never heard a recording of
>this by anyone. I know it only as the themesong <aaarrrggghhh!!!> of
>my grade-school graduation class of 1950. I'd made a point of
>forgetting it and now, by sheer coincidence, I've been reminded of it.
>Oh, well. Thangs be's that way.
>Life sucks, and then you die.
>On Tue, Jul 7, 2009 at 8:01 PM, Joel S. Berson<Berson at att.net> wrote:
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> > At 7/7/2009 02:11 PM, Mark Mandel wrote:
> >>With the lyrics: "Ai kama zimba zimba zayo, Ai kama zimba zimba zi." (From
> >>Marais and Miranda, by ear.)
> >
> > Good for you, Mark!  The original, as far as I know, and before even
> > Pete Seeger.
> >
> > Joel
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