Following their successful Hanukkah themed cover of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody, the a cappella group Six13 has released a Lion King Passover based on the song from Disney's classic film.
Aside form hitting all the right notes and the impressive "music," the viewer cannot ignore the numerous satirical references to the original film, similar to Bohemian Hanukkah which was released amidst the hype surrounding the Oscar winning Freddie Mercury bio-epic.
"We hope that this Seder serenade, produced with Jewish pride, will also raise your level of Jewish pride," said the clip's creators. They stressed that their primary motivation is connecting Jews around the world to their heritage through music.
"We chose the music of the Lion King this time because it’s a childhood favorite and the live-action version of the film is set to be released soon," Mordy Weinstein, a band member, told Ynet.
"It was great fun shooting the clip and we tried to convey our feelings in order to increase excitement that comes with Passover," he added.
Their previous hit Bohemian Hanukkah was a resounding success and has earned more than 1.6 million views on YouTube and other social networks; it set a new, higher standard for the band.
Six13 was formed in 2003 when NY native Mike Boxer, then a student at Binghamton University, together with some of his school friends, established an a cappella band named Scale, a pun on dandruff and a musical scale.
Boxer now works at JP Morgan investment bank, but his love for music continued to burn and he formed Six13 together with several religious friends from NY. The band's name refers to the 613 commandments of the Torah.
In addition to original songs, the band has become known for their successful cover sons of famous hits. They have played at the White House and at many Jewish events.
Most of the nine band members, aged 25-37, have careers outside of the music world. They usually perform as a rotating team of six on stage.
Aside from Boxer, the other band members are Eric Dinowitz (special education teacher), Phil Kaplan (completing his rabbinical ordination), Lior Melnick (engineer), Craig Resmovits (cantor and wedding singer), Nathaniel Ribner and Josh Sauer (both work in sales), Jacob Spadaro (musician and teacher) and Mordy Weinstein (studio owner, wedding performer and music teacher).
The band has released seven albums to date and performed at music festivals in Germany, Costa Rica, Austria and of course Israel.