IN anticipation of the all cinematic release of Marvel movie, Lion King, one of the key characters, Nala, played by American songstress and screen diva, Beyonce Knowles Rockefeller, has released a new album in respect to that. She gave the title in appreciation, ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ which is expected to be tomorrow July 19.
The album is comprised of 14 all-new original tracks. Besides Beyoncé, Lion King: The Gift will also include work from Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, JAY-Z, Childish Gambino, 070 Shake, Tierra Whack, Nigerian acts, WizKid, Yemi Alade, Tiwa Savage, Tekno and Burna Boy, Ghanaian ,Mr. Eazi Jessie Reyez and more. Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s daughter Blue Ivy are among the artists featured.
The charismatic queen bee explained her choice of featuring various artists from different countries of the world was based on varieties of music ranging from RnB, Afrobeat, pop and Raggae.
“This is a new experience of story telling. 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. It is influenced by everything from R&B, Pop, Hip Hop and Afro Beat.”
The mother of three said that she wanted to put everyone in their own journey to link the storyline. She further explained that it was important for the music to be performed by the most talented and most interesting African artistes.
“Each song was written to reflect the film’s storytelling that gives the listener a chance to imagine their own imagery, while listening to a new contemporary interpretation. 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 co were important to me,” she stated.
Meanwhile, one of Kenya’s top singer, Victoria Kimani, has expressed displeasure over Beyonce’feature choice. According to Kimani, who shared her joy for her fellow African artistes, she is not pleased that Kenyan singers were excluded from the project. Reacting via Twitter, Kimani thinks it is depressing since the movie; the Lion King is based on Kenya.