Audiences will recognise this as the iconic opening moment from the original film. They will also recognise the music as the beginning of the song Circle of Life.
In these intro moments we hear a chant in Zulu, which begins (though these lyrics might look a little different to how they sound) with the words: “Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba.”
But what do these lyrics actually mean? The meaning is really quite simple. Let’s go through it line by line, with thanks to the fine folk at Genius for this translation.
Lyric: Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba
Meaning: Here is a lion
Lyric: Sithi uhm ingonyama
Meaning: Oh yes it’s a lion
Lyric: Siyo Nqoba
Meaning: We’re going to conquer
Lyric: Ingonyama nengw’ enamabala
Meaning: A lion and a leopard come to this open place