Although the San Diego Normal School was founded as a training facility for elementary school teachers, one of the first seven faculty members hired was a music instructor. Forty years later in 1937, San Diego State’s School of Music was formally established. The School of Dance was created 56 years later, and the two combined to create the School of Music and Dance. The program will be celebrating its 75th anniversary by offering a number of performances throughout the spring designed to honor alumni and showcase student talent.
Perhaps the most misunderstood lyrics are “Nants ingonyama bagithi baba. Sithi uhm ingonyama. Siyo Nqoba, ingonyama. Ingonyama nengw’ enamabala.” These words are not gibberish but actually the African language Zulu for “Here comes a lion, Father. Oh yes, it’s a lion. We’re going to conquer, a lion and a leopard come to this open place.”
However, they may be more familiar than one might think: They are the opening lines to the Disney film “The Lion King.”