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ReMastered: The Lion's Share
Film poster
Directed bySam Cullman
Written byJeff Zimbalist
Michael Zimbalist
StarringRian Malan
Solomon Linda
Delphi Linda
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • May 17, 2019 (2019-05-17)
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited States

ReMastered: The Lion's Share is a 2019 documentary film about the search by Rian Malan, a South African journalist, for the original writers of the famous song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight".[1][2]


The documentary takes a look at the controversy and legal battles around the song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", which is one of the most recognisable songs in all pop music.[3] The search for the song's roots in this documentary is done by the South African journalist Rian Malan.[4][5]


  • Rian Malan
  • Solomon Linda
  • Delphi Linda
  • Elizabeth Linda
  • Fildah Linda
  • Hanro Friedrich
  • Rob Allingham
  • Glen Dean
  • Owen Dean
  • Paul Jenkins, CEO of Johnnic Entertainment, which owns the South African label Gallo Records
  • Pallo Jordan
  • Mandla Mhlongo
  • Nick Motsatse
  • Zee Nzama
  • Geoff Paynter


  1. ^ "'ReMastered: The Lion's Share' looks at the thorny history of a ubiquitous pop song". The Daily Dot. July 10, 2019.
  2. ^ "ReMastered: The Lion's Share – Netflix Documentary Review". The Review Geek. July 10, 2019.
  3. ^ Malan, Rian (May 14, 2000). "In the Jungle: Inside the Long, Hidden Genealogy of 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 7, 2020.
  4. ^ "Who wrote 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight'? A Netflix film seeks answers, and closure". Los Angeles Times. July 10, 2019.
  5. ^ "'ReMastered: The Lion's Share' Seeks Justice For African Writer Of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"". Decider. July 10, 2019.

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