->''"Whaaaaaat's on the menuuuuuu? It could beeeeeee ceviiiiiiiiiche. Iiiiiiit's stinkyyyyyyy. Oooooooh it's Pumbaaaaaaa ..."''
-->-- '''Timon''', [[{{Mondegreen}} making up the possible lyrics for]] ''Disney/TheLionKing'' opening, ''Disney/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf''

The unknown depths of the jungle are shown. The film cuts to a quieter scene, the JungleDrums beat, and some random AfricanChant comes from the music. While sometimes the chant may be real, most of the time it's just [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign random phrases of Swahili or Zulu in order for it to mean]] ''[[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign something]]''. The go-to-guy for genuine African chants is [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0530799/reference Lebo M.]]

Compare OminousLatinChanting and OneWomanWail.


[[folder:{{Film}} - Animation]]
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'':
** The famous opening sunrise in the first movie is possibly the TropeMaker for more modern examples. It does sound better than most other examples listed, being an actual Zulu phrase.
--->Nants ingonyama! Bagaithi baba!
--->Sithikum, ingonyama nyeh!
--->Se nkoba
--->Ingonyama, ngong iiyamabala
--->Ingonyama, ngong iiyamabala
--->Ingonyama, ngong iiyamabala
--->Ingonyama, ngong iiyamabala
--->[[{{Mondegreen}} Sitho kwaa]]
** The trope is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the POVSequel, as quoted above.
** Rafiki's African Chant while taunting Simba is also a real African phrase. It means, "Thank you very much [mister] squashed banana! You are a baboon, and I am not!" And it's definitely [[{{Mondegreen}} not]] "Squash bananas up his ass".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRUcijyTvRs "Courtship"]] and its DarkReprise, "Breakout/It Comes With a Pool", from ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}''.

[[folder:{{Film}} - Live Action]]
* ''Film/{{District 9}}'' has this in a few scenes.
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' has some Na'vi chants meant to invoke this trope.
* In the film ''The Power of One'', the song "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29cVz9cmyAs Mother Africa]]", as well as the concert, in which the native Africans insult their oblivious white audience.
* In the film ''Film/{{Zulu}}'', the Zulu warriors sing a praise song lauding the British defenders as {{Worthy Opponent}}s before beginning their final assault.
* ''Film/RoadToZanzibar'' has a bit of chanting titled "African Etude".

* The TropeNamer is from the U.S. version of ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'', which had a game called African Chant. It involved Creator/WayneBrady singing to an audience member in the style of an African Chant, but the real comedy comes from the three other comedians singing and dancing in the background. When Brady was told the name of the game, "African Chant", [[UnfortunateImplications he (understandably) did not react too well]].
-->'''Wayne Brady:''' Hey, how come I gotta do the African Chant?
-->'''Drew Carey:''' Because Colin would screw it up.
* ''The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency'' TV series has this on occasion, with real African.
* ''Series/SesameStreet'':
** Sally Cruikshank produced a series of animated inserts for the series involving counting up to a certain number, with the highest being 19 and the lowest being 13 (according to Muppet Wiki, there is no animation for 20).
** Another animated ''Sesame Street'' skit involving counting to a certain number had number emerge out of seashells while a chant sounding like "Bading-a-ding bada-bading-a-ding" can be heard in the background.
** Two alphabet songs from the same show are even sung to African tribal music.
* "Mystery Animal" from ''{{Series/Zoboomafoo}}'' (sung over an animation where a cartoon blob is shown morphing into the animal featured in the episode).
* Reasonably enough, the opening and closing episodes of ''Series/Roots1977'' had African songs, mostly sung by Maya Angelou (who also appeared as the elder Nyo Boto in the first episode).
* In the ''Series/TopGearUK'' two-part Africa special, the customary theme from The A-Team was punched up with African chanting.

* "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" has a horribly convoluted history, but it was originally a South African song titled "Mbube", which had real Zulu chanting.
* Music/PeterGabriel takes this and makes it his favorite instrument. See "In Your Eyes" and "Biko" for examples.
* The Christian song ''Siyahamba'', often translated in English as "We are Marching in the light of God".
* Music/{{Shakira}}'s "Waka Waka". Justified, as it was the main theme for UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup in Africa, and the song's subtitle is even (This Time for Africa).
* Zulu chanting is pervades in Music/PaulSimon's ''Music/{{Graceland}}'', mainly "[[UptownGirl Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes]]", "[[HollywoodMidLifeCrisis You Can Call Me Al"]], and "[[TearJerker Homeless]]" , which consists almost ''entirely'' of this.
* Music/LionelRichie gives us ''All Night Long.''
* The Dream Academy's "Life in a Northern Town" uses an African-sounding chant over the chorus.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeNU600stLA The Afro-Celt Sound System]] blends this with traditional Irish song, mixed with electronic sounds and a variety of dance rhythms. (Guest vocals by Sinead O'Connor on that track.)
* Typical for the {{Afrobeat}} genre too. Musicians like Music/FelaKuti and Music/BabatundeOlatunji, best known for ''Music/DrumsOfPassion'', make frequent use of background singers to accompany their epic jams.
* ''Music/{{Eskimo}}'' by Music/TheResidents. Except instead of African Chanting, ''it's (fake) Eskimo chanting.''

* ''Theatre/{{Showboat}}'': The Dahomey dancers in the 1893 World's Fair sequence frighten off white visitors with their frenzied chanting and barbaric manners, then reveal it's a load of BigApplesauce -- "our home just ain't Dahomey at all" but New York.
* Parodied in ''Theatre/TheBookOfMormon'', where the phrase being chanted by the Ugandans in their first song, "Hasa Diga Eebowai," is revealed to mean, "Fuck you, God."

* The 'Baba Yetu' opening-sequence from ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} 4''. It's actually just a Swahili rendition of the Lord's Prayer - but in Swahili, it comes across as some sort of tribal chant.
* The Zulu from the sequel ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} 5'' also have one (technically two) as their theme song.
* The music theme of the level Grassland Groove in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryTropicalFreeze'' displays this trope. Notably, the song doesn't loop like a normal theme would do, but instead changes gradually as the player progresses in the level. When the exit is displayed, the music ends with an epic chant of Donkey Kong's name.
* Main theme for ''VideoGame/FarCry2'', sung by Senegalese singer Baaba Maal.
* In MacroZone forest levels of ''VideoGame/SeriousSam II'' and some of the jungle levels, a fight music has these stock sounds.
* The Adventure Field's Mystic Ruins in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'', and Mazuri in ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Shivers}}'': Happens in the background music while in the Shaman room.
* The aforementioned Afro-Celt Sound System also did the music for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--ooE_kJ2aQ Magic & Mayhem]].

* Creator/DougWalker [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ejMFvssoSI#t=32m33s sometimes]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyQwP-32I9U#t=9m35s brings up]] how much he dislikes this trope in his reviews whenever it's used to accompany scenes of death and devastation.

* Zecora the zebra from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', speaks and chants African-esque sounds which freaks all the ponies of Ponyville out and they assume she's evil. WordOfGod is that they wanted her to be speaking authentic Swahili in ''Bridle Gossip'', but they didn't have the time or resources. Instead, they got the voice actor to make up some African-sounding gibberish. [[http://images.wikia.com/mlp/images/9/91/Swahili.png Lauren Faust said that she likes to imagine Zecora is speaking Zebra in lieu of Swahili.]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' parody of ''Disney/TheLionKing'' has this:
--->Ahhh la wain-ya! Ee-malla ee ya away!
--->Oom balla ee ya walla ling goo
--->Ee oola coola yalla din doo
--->Oo day loo ee-a totta malla
--->I no ees joost a lota walla
* "Circle of Poo" from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/TheItchyandScratchyShow Itchy and Scratchy: The Musical]]'' featured background chants sounding like "Itchy Scratchy, Itchy Itchy Scratchy..."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'' has a parody of ''Disney/TheLionKing'' with ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=FNvuZF27lRI#t=229s The Cockroach King]]'', starring Creator/HowardStern.