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Music, fixing his family and landing up in exile by mistake – Lebo M gets a reality show

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Celebrated musician Lebo M is ready to allow South Africa into his life with a reality show.
Celebrated musician Lebo M is ready to allow South Africa into his life with a reality show.
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He counts John Kani as a lunch buddy, considers Elton John a good friend, is on a first-name basis with Pharrell Williams and feels like he’s known Beyoncé for ages.

It’s been a quarter-century since Lebo M shot to fame for writing and singing the opening line – Nants ingonyama bagithi (here comes the lion) – of The Lion King. The Soweto-born singer, producer and composer once again put his magical touch to the soundtrack of Disney’s new computer-animated remake.

Lebo isn’t blowing his own trumpet. “I hear people saying I’m successful,” he tells DRUM. “I appreciate the sentiment, but I am nowhere near successful.

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