Lebo M Net Worth & Profile
|Lebo M Net Worth||$1.5 million US dollars as of 2021|
|Also known as||Lebo M|
|Age||11 July 1964 (57 years)|
|State of Origin||Soweto, Johannesburg|
|Source of Wealth||Music, Movie, Endorsement|
Lebo M Net worth & Biography
Lebohang “Lebo M” Morake also known as Lebo M is a South African record producer and composer, well known for his work on the soundtracks to Hollywood films such as The Lion King, Outbreak and The Power of One and numerous stage productions. Lebo M’s networth is estimated to be about $1.5 million USD. He was recommended to Disney by Hans Zimmer, the composer of both adaptations of The Lion King, and was later hired to form and conduct the African choir that sang for the films.
He left school at the age of nine to perform music in night clubs, With no formal training in music. When he was 13 years old, Morake recorded his first single, “Celebration” which he receivied only $20 for recording the song. When he was 13 years old, Morake became the youngest performer to sing at the nightclub Club Pelican, when he filled in for a backup singer who could not attend.
Lebo M’s Career
Lebo M sought to broaden his horizons In 1979, so he left by bus for Maseru, Lesotho after hearing that a new club was going to be opening there. At 15, he was working as a singer in the Victoria Hotel in Lesotho when, one day, Lesotho’s Ambassador to the United States Tim Thahane noticed him and appreciated his musical abilities. Thahane helped Morake apply to the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, coordinating with the TransAfrica organization to send the singer to the United States to study. After studying at Duke Ellington, Morake moved to Los Angeles when he was 18 to pursue a music career.
In Los Angeles, he struggled to make ends meet, working odd jobs to survive while studying at Los Angeles City College. He performed sometimes at Memory Lane, a nightclub owned by Maria Gibbs. Morake was asked to help find a choir for the Oscars, so that they could perform music from 1987’s Cry Freedom, a film about South Africa that was nominated for multiple Academy Awards, including one for Best Original Song. He made further strides in his music career when by chance, he ran into childhood friend Solly Letwaba, who was the bassist for Johnny Clegg. Letwaba introduced Morake to Clegg’s producer, Hilton Rosenthal, who employed Morake as an intern and gofer for his production studio.
When Zimmer was chosen by Disney to compose the music for their film The Lion King, he specifically wanted to collaborate with Morake. His voice is the first voice heard at the beginning of the film, singing a chant over the opening sequence, which is often considered synonymous with the film’s image in popular culture. He also contributed to the sequel to the film’s soundtrack, Rhythm of the Pride Lands, and the film’s direct-to-video sequel The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride.