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Rafiki loses it during TV performance

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Rafiki loses it during TV performance

#1
Posted: 1/10/13 at 12:31am
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHiPaDsb0Rs

Friend sent me this. It's the most wild, terrifying, and fierce performance I've ever seen.
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Rafiki loses it during TV performance

#2
Posted: 1/10/13 at 12:40am
I've never seen the stage version of this, but I'm seeing it next month. I feel like I'm going to be disappointed now, haha.

Updated On: 1/10/13 at 12:40 AM
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Rafiki loses it during TV performance

#2
Posted: 1/10/13 at 12:57am
Eh looks like the same old boring Lion King to me, but Rafiki is cracked out...
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Rafiki loses it during TV performance

#3
Posted: 1/10/13 at 1:52am
this is a very misleading thread title.
but a very exciting performance to watch.
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Rafiki loses it during TV performance

#4
Posted: 1/10/13 at 3:07am
I saw this maybe a year ago. It's crazy perfect.
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Rafiki loses it during TV performance

#5
Posted: 1/10/13 at 3:40am
There's nobody losing it- she has beautiful control.

And it's nice to see a little fire and life have returned to a show that had become very stale!
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Rafiki loses it during TV performance

#6
Posted: 1/10/13 at 5:03am
Losing it?
I think this is the best Rafiki performance I've ever seen... judging from that one song!
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Rafiki loses it during TV performance

#7
Posted: 1/10/13 at 5:57am
Her name is Brown Lindiwe Mkhize, and I think she's still doing the show in the West End. A thrilling Rafiki. I hope she's able to bring her talents stateside one day.
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Rafiki loses it during TV performance

#8
Posted: 1/10/13 at 6:25am
She's fantastic!
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Rafiki loses it during TV performance

#9
Posted: 1/10/13 at 7:13am
Mind you that is still quite tame when compared to the early days of the show.

Back when the show first started (and the early days of the Toronto production in particular) Rafiki would basically improvise chants in that song. Most of the time it worked well because Rafiki was usually someone who knew the languages used in the chanting. Sometimes it went overboard (which I personally liked). Original Broadway rafiki who is credited with creating most of the chanting often changed it up night to night. Saw the original Toronto Cast and Rafiki there basically chanted all through the last chorus when Simba was singing and it worked well, and not just the chants they use now (because they have since standardized the chanting) but she threw in chants used in other places in the show, it was wonderful.
But then I saw a bootleg with a Rafiki who was american and obviously wouldnt be fluent in zulu or the other languages they use so she didnt chant at all. So they later standardized the chant to what is used in the video, which for me sort of killed the energy of the song sometimes.

This rafiki may seem kind of wild but when you see her other performances of the same song on other tv shows (they are all on youtube) you will see that it is very similar from tv show to tv show (and that being the standard, condensed version of the song they try to work in as many 'inflections' as possible.

The current Rafiki on broadway, brilliant and charming as she is, doesnt come close to that level of energy the last few times I saw the show, in fact sometimes she flat out doesn't bother with the last set of chanting.

If you also listen to the song on the other foreign language recordings it is pretty much the same now, only the Paris recording she added in a bit more chanting. Personally I am looking forward to if they have a Brazil recording because the Rafiki that use to be in the US tour (can;t spell her name so wont even try) is going to be rafiki there and she has an excellent voice.
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Rafiki loses it during TV performance

#10
Posted: 1/10/13 at 8:36am
And the character is supposed to be a little "out there"
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#11
Posted: 1/10/13 at 10:05am
She is awesome! It's so nice to actually see nuance in a performance. That Simba looks like a stud.
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#12
Posted: 1/10/13 at 11:17am
I think that's Andile Gumbi, the current Simba on Broadway.

Stud for sure!
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Rafiki loses it during TV performance

#13
Posted: 1/10/13 at 11:35am
Chills. AWESOME performance.
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#14
Posted: 1/10/13 at 12:17pm
I thought it was Andile as well.
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#15
Posted: 1/10/13 at 12:22pm
I was expecting something different based on the thread title. Like Rafiki breaking character and going on some terrifying rampage during the performance. It was great though.
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#16
Posted: 1/10/13 at 1:37pm
I think this is awesome. If this happened when I had seen the show, I'm sure I would have remembered it.
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Rafiki loses it during TV performance

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Posted: 1/10/13 at 4:28pm
Rafiki loses it during TV performance

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#18
Posted: 1/10/13 at 4:48pm
mmmmmmmm :)
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#19
Posted: 1/10/13 at 5:15pm
I saw Buyi Zama this summer in Houston, and I prefer her performance to this one, but this one is great. My second favorite Rafiki (that I've seen) is Fredi Walker.
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#20
Posted: 1/10/13 at 9:48pm
terrific performance. love this show!!
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#21
Posted: 1/10/13 at 10:15pm
Wow, I actually really like it. She went for it and it worked better than I've ever seen it performed.
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#22
Posted: 1/11/13 at 1:46pm
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are you talking about Phindile Mkhize? She is by far my favorite Rafiki and was hoping she got the gig on Broadway, but im still waiting..

The Rafiki in the video is pretty darn good and I totally enjoyed her eneregy!
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Rafiki loses it during TV performance

#23
Posted: 1/11/13 at 4:20pm
That was reminiscent of Pentecostal speaking in tongues.
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#24
Posted: 1/11/13 at 4:48pm
Yes Phindile is the one i mean, she has been cast to do the Brazil production, so hopefully there will be a Portuguese recording and they will let her do her riffs in that song there.
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