ny (AFP) – The Bey Hive became feeling the love Friday over Beyonce s release of the album “The Lion King: The present,” which the pop queen dropped as a sister piece to her new film, a remake of the Disney classic.
Beyonce dubbed the 27-song album she curated and produced “a love letter to Africa,” enlisting several African artists in addition to a bunch of stars inclusive of her husband Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, her co-megastar Donald Glover (who also performs as infantile Gambino) and Pharrell Williams — alongside without any other than Jay and Bey s seven-yr-vintage daughter Blue Ivy Carter — as collaborators.
“I wanted to be authentic to what is beautiful about tune in Africa,” Beyonce, who voices Nala in “The Lion King,” informed ABC s “excellent Morning the usa.”
“The present” is cut loose the film s authentic soundtrack which incorporates a rendition of Elton s John s iconic “can you feel the affection tonight?” by way of Beyonce and Glover, who performs Simba in the film.
John himself also graced the film s soundtrack, released 25 years after the authentic, with a new track entitled “in no way Too overdue.”
each albums consist of Beyonce s latest unmarried “Spirit.”
but it s Beyonce s “present” that has her legions of enthusiasts abuzz.
The album capabilities Afrobeat-heavy songs interspersed with speak from the fantastically-anticipated movie, which additionally turned into released on Friday and stars Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar.
in addition to pop royalty, Beyonce delivered Nigerian musicians Tekno, Yemi Alade and Mr. Eazi on board for “The present,” at the side of Ghanaian reggae-dancehall artist Shatta Wale.
Cameroonian urban tune celebrity Salatiel sang with Beyonce and Pharrell at the thumping groove “Water.”
“I desired to make certain we determined the first-class skills from Africa, and now not just use some of the sounds and did my interpretation of it,” Beyonce said on ABC.
In traditional Beyonce fashion, the album skews closer to the visible — what she calls “sonic cinema.”
“this is a brand new enjoy of storytelling,” she said in announcing the album.
“it’s miles a combination of genres and collaboration that isn t one sound. it is inspired by way of the whole thing from R&B, pop, hip hop and Afrobeat.”
Beyonce additionally launched a sprawling, richly pigmented video to accompany “Spirit,” which functions the superstar and Blue Ivy in matching ruffled purple dresses, their long curls blowing in the wasteland wind.
“Your destiny is comin near / arise and combat,” she sings. “So pass into a miles off land / And be one with the splendid i’m.”
Pairing her powerful vocals with a visible ceremonial dinner, Beyonce makes approximately a dozen outfit modifications within the video which include both custom and couture appears, consistent with fashion. The clip was partially filmed in Arizona s far flung Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon.
additionally it is the legendary “Lion King” scene where Simba and Nala lock eyes over a pool oasis, which the new movie recreated from the authentic lively take.
“The soundscape is greater than just the song because each song tells the tale of the movie,” Beyonce said.