Do It A Capella

We were listening to “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and that reminded me of Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s version (with some other a capella group (turns out it was The Mint Juleps) on Spike Lee’s Do It A Capella (a PBS special from 1990), so I had to go download the album.  I used to have the CD, but I haven’t seen it in years.  And the special itself (maybe an hour?) isn’t available on DVD, so YouTube will have to suffice.  I LOVE this album.  Here’s a clip of The Persuasions doing “Looking For An Echo”.

This one is more doo wop than some of the others, but you can watch the whole show on YouTube, track by track, if you’re so inclined.  I was.

Here’s the version of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” that started this trip down memory lane for me:


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