South African producer and composer Lebohang “Lebo M” Morake was born 20th May 1964 in the Apartheid-ridden township of Soweto, Johannesburg. He spent years working in the slums of South Africa but was exiled from his country of birth in 1979.
Lebo M then made his way to the United States where he worked in a variety of jobs which included serving at McDonald's.
In the interview, Lebo M said that South Africa has been experiencing a series of sad loses. He added that the passing of Brah Hugh, was particularly personal.
I grew up with Brah Hugh in America when I was in exile says Lebo M. He adds that when he was 18, he saw his first Godlike icon performing on stage in a club located in Washington DC.
That icon that I saw that day was Hugh Masekela says Lebo M. He adds that he did the weirdest thing in the club, he walked to the stage and stood by Brah Hugh on stage.
Lebo M says that after Masekela’s performance, he called for me and soon after that, there was this connection.
I was the kid that always had an opportunity to learn and grow.— Lebo M, producer and composer
Lebo M says that when he was in High School, he realised that his dreams of being the biggest RNB star would be shattered by the person sitting next to him. Lebo M adds that his classmates sang and played better than his biggest icons.
In my head, I was the biggest RNB star when I left for exile at 16.— Lebo M, producer and composer
Lebo M returned to South Africa 5 years after the elimination of the Apartheid regime and founded the Lebo M Foundation, and Till Dawn Entertainment.
Lebo M has arranged and performed music for movies like The Lion King and was recommended to Disney by Hans Zimmer, the score composer of The Lion King.
Lebo M was later hired to form and conduct the African choir that sang for the movies and he’s responsible for voicing, singing, and chanting the opening sequence which is often considered synonymous with the film's image in popular culture.
Click on the link below to hear some of Lebo M’s Lion King tracks from the interview…
This article first appeared on 702 : ‘In my head, I was the biggest RNB star’ - producer and composer Lebo M