"King of Pride Rock" is an instrumental score composed by Hans Zimmer. It features African vocals provided by Lebo M and his South African choir. It is six minutes long, and is featured in the CD, The Lion King soundtrack, as well the Special Edition soundtrack.
It is played during the final moments of the film, from when Simba returns to Pride Rock to his first confrontation with Scar to the final sequence of the film. It contains a variation of the song, "Busa Simba", and this concludes with a reprise of "Circle of Life".
It is played during the scene that takes place during the final moments of the film where Timon and Pumbaa watch Simba ascend Pride Rock. Unlike in the original film, this does not contain a variation of the song, "Busa" and with a reprise of "Circle of Life" but with a different instrumental track.
In the stage musical, the score is heard after Simba and the Pridelanders defeat Scar and the hyenas. Additional African vocals sung by Lebo M. and his choir are heard as Simba ascends Pride Rock, reclaiming his rightful place as king.
In the remake, it is heard after Simba and the Pridelanders defeat Scar and this musical track was titled "Remember". This version contains a short snippet of the melancholy melody from the "To Die For" musical score at the beginning and the music then loops to "King of Pride Rock".
Ndabe zitha (King of kings)
Nkosi yethu (Our king)
Mholi wezwe lethu (Ruler of our land/Leader of our nation)
Lefatshe labo ntata rona (This land of our ancestors/ancestral forefathers)
Lea halalela (Is holy)
(cue to reprise of Circle of Life)
- "King of Pride Rock" was cut and edited for the official soundtrack. However, the complete score can still be heard in one part, "The Rightful King".
- "King of Pride Rock" was also heard at the beginning of "The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar".