Grammy-award winner, Tony nominated producer and songwriter, UK’s Ivor Novello songwriter’s winner, two SAMA award-winner, UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador 2010/11, philanthropist, businessman and father, Lebohang Morake, also known as Lebo M wears various hats but is commonly known worldwide as “The voice and spirit of THE LION KING”. A native of South Africa, Lebo M was first recognized as the only African working on Disney’s smash feature film and musical sensation, “The Lion King”.
In 2006 he realized his life-long dream of bringing The Lion Kind stage production home to Africa, so that his countrymen and women could share the magic and splendour of this phenomenally successful production on home soil.
Lebo M co-produced the Lion Kind South Africa as lead producer, with Pieter Toerien. Shattering all local theatre records, The Lion King South Africa was seen by over 550 000 people in South Africa and over 75 million people around the world with a worldwide gross earnings of over $6.2 billion in 2014. Ironically, it was Lebo M that brought the insatiable spirit of Nelson Mandela’s endurance of a 27- year prison sentence to rule his country, through the music that told the same story about a lion returning to Pride Rock.