'Lion King' star Lebo M

Published 6:39 AM ET, Wed January 16, 2013
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Lebo M is a South African singer, songwriter and composer best known for his work on movie and stage hit "The Lion King." ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images
Lebo M collaborated with world-famous composer Hans Zimmer (pictured) on the animated film. The pair won a Grammy for "The Lion King" soundtrack while Zimmer was awarded an Oscar for Best Original Score. JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images
After the success of the movie, Lebo was involved in the Broadway version of "The Lion King." The award-winning musical has become a long-running hit, staged in many countries across the world. Ethan Miller/Getty Images
The South African musician is keeping the feel of the show African by ensuring that artists from his country are hired in every "Lion King' production. CNN
South African Puleng March (right) as Nyala, during a "Lion King" performance in Singapore on March 9, 2011. ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images
"I think the authenticity and the raw African-ness of 'The Lion King' is a bigger selling point than any other product that has ever been on Broadway or on stage, done with a world class quality approach," says Lebo. ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images