Known all over the world as ‘the voice and spirit of The Lion King’, Lebo M returns to Australia, headlining his first solo tour.
Taking to the stage at Hamer Hall Melbourne, audiences will be captivated with his touching and striking music that resonates globally.
Lebo M is a South African producer and composer, most famous for his musical contributions to the The Lion King animated feature and stage production, capturing the spirit of Africa, described as “in tune with the politics of the time in his home country” (CNN).
A GRAMMY-Award winner for ‘Instrumental Arrangement with Accompanying Vocals’ for the hit song 'Circle of Life', on which his soaring vocals can be heard, Lebo M has co-produced, co-written and performed numerous film soundtracks with Hans Zimmer, Jerry Goldsmith and James Newton-Howard.
As a performer, Lebo M has toured extensively as special guest on the Hans Zimmer World Tours including the acclaimed Hollywood in Vienna concert. Lebo M was producer of The Lion King's tenth anniversary production in South Africa in 2007. This was followed by Lebo M composing and executive producing the FIFA 2010 World Cup Opening and Closing Ceremonies in South Africa.
Most recently, Lebo M took to the stage of the annual arts and music festival in California, Coachella, in 2017 as part of Hans Zimmer’s exclusive set.
The Soweto-born musician’s first big break came when the 1987 South African-themed movie Cry Freedom was nominated for an Academy Award and Lebo was asked to assemble a choir to perform at the Oscars. Since then, he has collaborated frequently with Hans Zimmer and his music is recognised the world over, largely due to the success of The Lion King stage production which has been seen by more than 95 million people. His additional feature film credits include Bryce Courtney’s The Power of One, Tears of The Sun, Dinosaur, Back On The Block and The Legend of Tarzan. Currently, Lebo M is in the studio collaborating with Hans Zimmer for the live action release of Disney’s The Lion King, starring Beyoncé, Donald Glover and directed by Jon Favreau.
Lebo M will be performing many of his own compositions that he has made popular around the world, joined on stage by his South African band, The Pride Singers and symphony orchestra.