Head Channel & Lion - Waking of the Sleeping Lion Ear
Entrée will present Sara Wolfert's installation Head Channel & Lion - Waking of
the Sleeping Lion Ear, a work that has arisen from her interest in a
copyright case around a famous song, best known as "The Lion Sleeps
Tonight", with previous titles "Wimoweh" and "Mbube".
A song that Norwegians probably know best from the movie "Lion King".
The song, which has been a major hit
several times (in various forms) during the 20th century, became the
subject of scandal when it was revealed in the early 2000s that the
original author had been completely erased from the history of the song's origins.
Solomon Linda, the author, was active as a singer in Johannesburg in the first
half of the 20th century. He died as a poor
man in 1962, around the same time that the do-wop band The Tokens, on
the other side of the Atlantic, dropped the mega hit version of his
song. Through the songs’ long and prosperous path, it has been
performed, sampled, copied and used by several different artists and record
companies without there being any reference to Salomon Linda. It would
take decades of transatlantic transaction, controversy and full on theft before
the truth of the song was brought into light. When the story was finally told,
it received attention and the ripple effects that would eventually lead
to legal prosecution in a
situation ‘against all odds’. Sara Wolfert brings the story into a broader
framework, with an installation that includes sculpture, animation and
Sara Wolfert (b.1980, Sweden) lives and works
between Stockholm and Berlin. Her artistic practice focuses on storytelling,
manuscripts, archives and cultural appropriation in various forms. Questions
that are central to her practice are who has access to, and the opportunity to
use, our public and semi-public spaces. She often uses historical or
contemporary events as a starting point for her investigative research when
exploring different types of collaboration, such as intertwined authorship. She
uses media such as drawing, animation, installation, text and performance. Sara
Wolfert graduated from Konstfack University in Stockholm.