Not long after Beyonce made the headlines for featuring Swahili in ‘Spirit’, her recently released single, the pop singer has joined forces with a squad of renowned African artistes in her new album.
The forthcoming 14-track release, entitled ‘The Lion King: The Gift’, sees Beyonce latch onto Nigeria’s Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy, Mr. Eazi, Tekno, Yemi Alade, and Ghana’s Shatta Wale, among other music makers.
While Wizkid features on the track ‘Brown Skin Girl’ alongside Blue Ivy Carter; Beyonce; and Saint Jhn, Tiwa Savage and Mr. Eazi take centre stage on ‘Keys To The Kingdom.’
A GIFT INDEED. pic.twitter.com/qppEDOJawx
— BeyonceWorld (@BeyonceWorld) July 16, 2019
The new album also sees Tekno, Yemi Alade and Mr Eazi deliver their bit as the trio feature on ‘Don’t Jealous Me.’ Burna Boy similarly takes to the lyrics on another track ‘Ja Ara E.’
Other African acts on Beyonce new project include Busiswa, Moonchild Sanelly, and Shatta Wale. The combination has left many admiring Beyonce’s new-found move of tapping into the uniqueness of the black race.
— SHATTA WALE (@shattawalegh) July 16, 2019
The album is executive produced by Beyonce, and its release is slated for July 19, 2019, via Parkwood Entertainment in conjunction with Columbia Records.
- “Find Your Way Back (Circle of Life)”
- “Don’t Jealous Me”
- “Ja Ara E”
- “The Nile”
- “Mood 4 Eva”
- “Brown Skin Girl”
- “Keys to the Kingdom”
- “My Power”
“This is a new experience of storytelling. I wanted to do more than find a collection of songs that were inspired by the film. It is a mixture of genres and collaboration that isn’t one sound,” said Beyonce in a press statement.
“It is influenced by everything from R&B, pop, hip hop, and Afro Beat. It was important that the music was not only performed by the most interesting and talented artists but also produced by the best African producers. Authenticity and heart were important to me.”
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