Beyonce has revealed the tracklist for her new album Lion King: The Gift, inspired by the Lion King film. The album features contributions from Kendrick Lamar, JAY-Z, Childish Gambino, 070 Shake, Tierra Whack, Pharrell and other indigenous African artists.
A notable feature on the LP is Ghanaian dancehall musician Shatta Wale. Shatta Wale is the only Ghanaian musician featured on the album. Other Africans featured on the album are Nigeria’s Tekno, Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Wiz Kid, and Tiwa Savage, South Africa’s Busiswa, Moonchild Sanelly, Cameron’s Salatiel.
This move to incorporate Africanness into her craft is not new to Beyonce. Beyonce has been called on African creatives and talents to many times in the past to work on most of her notable works. From Lemonade to her African inspired Push Party, to her Fela inspired album The Dream. Beyonce has an affinity for African aesthetics and culture.
In a statement about the album, Beyonce said, “This is sonic cinema, 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. It is influenced by everything from R’n’B, pop, hip-hop and afrobeat”.
The Lion King: The Gift, is executive produced by Beyoncé, and scheduled to be released this Friday, July 19. Check out the cover art at Beyoncé’s website and find the tracklist.