Some of the biggest names in the African music industry have been unveiled as colloborators on The Lion King: The Gift album by Beyoncé.
American R&B star Beyoncé has unveiled numerous African stars and American artistes, as well as Pharell Williams, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, husband Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ivy.
The full list of African collaborators include Tekno (Nigeria), Yemi Alade (Nigeria), Mr Eazi (Nigeria), Burna Boy (Nigeria), Salatiel (Cameroon), Wizkid (Nigeria), Tiwa Savage (Nigeria), Shatta Wale (Ghana), Busiswa (South Africa) and Moonchild Sanelly (South Africa).
When she revealed the project last week, she said;
“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.”
“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. It is influenced by everything from R&B, pop, hip hop and Afro Beat.”
“I wanted to put everyone on their own journey to link the storyline,” she continued. “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 full tracklist includes:
Bigger by Beyoncé
Find Your Way Back (Circle Of Life) by Beyoncé
Don’t Jealous Me by Tekno, Yemi Alade, Mr. Eazi
Ja Ara E by Burna Boy
The Nile by Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar
Mood 4 Eva by Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Childish Gambino
Water by Salatiel, Pharrell, Beyoncé
Brown Skin Girl by Blue Ivy Carter, St. Jhn, Wizkid, Beyoncé
Keys To The Kingdom by Tiwa Savage, Mr Eazi
Other Side by Beyoncé
Already by Beyoncé, Shatta Wale
My Power by Tierra Whack, Beyoncé, Busiswa, Yemi Alade, Moonchild Sanelly
Scar by 070 Shake, Jessie Reyez
Spirit by Beyoncé