Circle of Life

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"Circle of Life"
Single by Elton John
from the album The Lion King soundtrack
Released August 9, 1994
Format CD single
Recorded 1993
Santa Monica, California
April 1994
BOP Recording Studios
Mmabatho, South Africa[1]
Genre Pop
Length 4:51
Label Walt Disney Records
Writer(s) Elton John (music)
Tim Rice (lyrics)
Producer Hans Zimmer
Mark Mancina
Jay Rifkin
Chris Thomas
Elton John singles chronology
"Can You Feel the Love Tonight"
(1994)
"Circle of Life"
(1994)
"Believe"
(1995)

"Circle of Life" is a song from the 1994 animated Disney movie The Lion King. The song's lyrics (words) were written by Tim Rice, and the music was written by Elton John.[2] It was sung by Carmen Twillie and Lebo M.[3] The song was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song in 1994. Two other Lion King songs were also nominated: "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" and "Hakuna Matata."[4][5] "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" won the award.[4]

The beginning of the song is written in the Zulu language.[6] The meaning is:[7]

Zulu lyrics English meaning
Ingonyama nengw' enamabala A lion and a leopard come to this open place
Nants ingonyama bakithi Baba Here comes a lion, Father
Siyo nqoba We will conquer

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  • Burt, Richard (2007). Shakespeares after Shakespeare: an encyclopedia of the Bard in mass media and popular culture. Volume 2. Greenwood Press. ISBN 978-0313331183.
  • Rosenthal, Elizabeth (2001). His Song: The Musical Journey of Elton John. Billboard Books. ISBN 978-0823088935.
  • Willis, John (2000). Screen World 1995 Film Annual. Volume 46. Applause Books. ISBN 978-1557832337.