The latest The Lion King album which was produced by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter has songs with South African artists Moonchild Sanelly and Busiswa and OMG we are freaking out.
Last week it was announced that Beyoncé in addition to starring as Nala in the remake of The Lion King, will also be featuring on the soundtrack and has produced and curated an album called ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ which featured global artists and is ‘steeped in the sounds of Africa.’
The 14-track album which will be released on Friday, 19 July features four solo songs by Beyoncé, as well as collaborations with Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Pharell Williams, Childish Gambino, her daughter Blue Ivy and more. Other U.S. artists on the album include Jessie Reyez, Tierra Whack, SAINt JHN and 070 Shake.
About the album, she said, ‘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 were important to me.’
The album features a range of musicians from around Africa including Nigeria’s Tiwa Savage, Mr Eazi, Tekno, Yemi Alade, Burna Boy, Wizkid; Cameroon’s Salatiel; and Ghana’s Shatta Wale.
Moonchild Sanelly, who recently performed with Diplo at Coachella, posted to Instagram captioned, ‘ I have no words to explain and express my gratitude for being one of the chosen ones for the @lionking soundtrack by my ultimate favorite artist in the world @Beyoncé y’all Anyone who knows me or googles interviews has heard me say one day I’ll work with the Queen!!! They laughed. Look who got the last laugh now. Dreams come true and nothing is impossible.’
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I have no words to explain and express my gratitude for being one of the chosen ones for the @lionking soundtrack by my ultimate favorite artist in the world @Beyoncé y’all 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙 Anyone who knows me or googles interviews has heard me say one day I’ll work with the Queen!!!🙏🏿🧜🏾♀️They laughed 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 Look who got the last laugh now😂😂😂😂😂🤷🏾♀️😂😂😂😂😂💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽 Dreams come true and nothing is impossible 🧜🏾♀️🙏🏿 #TheGift 💙💙💙 @busiswaah 🙏🏿 Thank you #midnightstarring you said to me after so many years that THAT WAS GOING TO CHANGE MY LIFE! AND ITS CHANGING WITH U IN IT AS MY ACTUAL BESTFRIEND FOR LIFE!💙💙💙💙💙💙🙏🏿💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙
Busiswa also posted her thanks on Instagram:
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