Deep Forest ‎– Sweet Lullaby

Columbia ‎– 659924 2, Columbia ‎– COL 659924 2
CD, Maxi-Single

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1 Sweet Lullaby (Radio Version)
Remix, Producer [Additional Production] [Uncredited] – Jam El Mar
2 Sweet Lullaby (Nature's Dancin' Mix)
Remix, Producer [Additional Production] – Jam El Mar
3 Sweet Lullaby (Round The World Mix)
Remix – Pete Arden
4 Sweet Lullaby (Apollo 440 Mix)
Remix, Producer [Additional Production] – Apollo 440
5 Sweet Lullaby (Filet-O-Gang Earth Mix)
Remix – Filet-O-Gang*Remix, Producer [Additional Production] – Charlie Smith, John Davis (4)
6 Sweet Lullaby (Tribal As A Mojo Mix)
Remix [Remixed & Deconstructed By] – D.J. Digit*, D.J. EFX*
7 Sweet Lullaby (Ambient Mix) 3:49

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Actual track duration listed which differs from the duration printed on the inlay.

Although uncredited, Jam El Mar remixed the "Radio Version", as track 1 is just a shorter version of the "Nature's Dancin' Mix".

Published by Sony Music Publishing

Produced for Celine Music & Syn Sound.

6: Remixed & deconstructed for DigiFix Productions S.F.

Special versions taken from CD | MC | LP “Deep Forest”

The song is based around a traditional "Baegu Lullaby" from the Solomon Islands called "Rorogwela", and uses a vocal sample originally recorded by ethnomusicologist Hugo Zemp in 1970 and later released by UNESCO as part of their Musical Sources collection.

Tracks: 1/2/7 ℗ 1992, Tracks: 3/4/5/6 ℗ 1993 Celine Music & Synsound / Sony Music Entertainment (France) S.P.A.

© 1993 Celine Music & Synsound / Sony Music Entertainment (France) S.A.
Distribution Sony Music

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 099765 992427
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5099765992427
  • Label Code: LC 0162
  • Rights Society: MCPS/BIEM/SDRM
  • Other (Distribution Code): CB 608
  • Other: CA
  • Other: 01-659924-14
  • Matrix / Runout (Mirrored, Variant 1): 659924-2 13 A5 DADC AUSTRIA
  • Matrix / Runout (Mirrored, Variant 2): 659924-2 13 [DADC Austria logo]

Other Versions (5 of 47) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
DAN 658168 5, 14-658168-19 Deep Forest Sweet Lullaby (5 Remixes)(CD, Maxi) Dance Pool, Dance Pool DAN 658168 5, 14-658168-19 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
49K 74919, 49K-74919, 74919 Deep Forest Sweet Lullaby(CD, Single) Epic, Epic, Epic 49K 74919, 49K-74919, 74919 US 1993 Sell This Version
659924 6 Deep Forest Sweet Lullaby(12") Columbia 659924 6 Spain 1993 Sell This Version
SAMPCD 1662 Deep Forest Sweet Lullaby(CD, Single, Promo, Car) Dance Pool SAMPCD 1662 France 1992 Sell This Version
none Deep Forest Sweet Lullaby(VHS, Promo, PAL) Columbia none UK 1994 Sell This Version


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December 2, 2018
The Round The World Mix sounds like it's in mono, but by doing a null test, you can hear that some of the rhythm parts (the hi hats, the whistle, a bit of the bass drum, and a few more) are on a stereo field.


July 11, 2010
Only one comment to make, the "Round the world Remix" is a beautiful piece of deep house music.


June 21, 2009
An obscure lullaby from the Solomon Islands becomes a hit in the West
The Rorogwela melody, sung by Afunakwa from the Solomon Islands, was heard by a two-man band called Deep Forest, in France. They sampled the song, using Afunakwa’s voice, and called the track Sweet Lullaby.
You’ll hear that they’ve added an electronic dance beat, and surround her voice with jungle-like noises. Each verse adds new layers to the texture, creating a dreamy and uplifting effect far from the original. This recording sold about 4 million copies, making the band lots of money.

The track was so popular it was later used in adverts for lots of different products, including Neutrogena, Coca-cola, Porsche, Sony and the Body Shop – more royalties for the band no doubt! Should Afunakwa have been given some of this money?

Bizarrely, the Deep Forest album seems to suggest that Rorogwela was actually the music of an African Pygmy tribe. They begin the whole disc, with a collage of synthesised, misty jungle noises and the words Deep in the jungle live some little men and women. They are your past and maybe your future….Afunakwa would probably have been very surprised to see how far her song had travelled, but it’s quite possible she never found out.
Afunakwa’s Rorogwela melody was to travel still further. Due to Deep Forest’s massive sales around the world, the tune became known in Norway. Jan Garbarek is a very well known Norwegian saxophone player, who is most famous for his far-out jazz playing.Inspired by Afunakwa’s melody, but misunderstanding its origins, Garbarek released a track called Pygmy Lullaby on ECM’s ‘Visible World’
Garbarek takes the tune on the saxophone, in a smooth jazz style – all the pitches are cleaned up, and the rhythms are pressed into a constant beat. He also puts harmonies underneath the melody – in a style similar to a protestant hymn.

Stephen Feld, a researcher, has traced the journey of Rorogwela and tried to find out how the music could be transformed in such a way. The original scholar who recorded Rorogwela claims he never gave permission for the recording to be used. It seems that because the song is classed as Oral Tradition, anyone can take it and change it however they like without paying.

When we think of how inspiring and communicative music can be, there is something wonderful about it being for free. At the same time, if Afunakwa had been a rich Westerner, and written her tune down, Deep Forest, all those commercial companies, and Jan Garbarek, would have been obliged to recognize her contribution, and would have paid royalties for it. Norway does actually have a policy of paying a percentage of profits from the use of World Musics into a development fund, but specific groups or people are not directly rewarded for their work. It seems a pity that those who need it most, receive the least for their art!