International music icon, Beyonce Knowles has enlisted some African artists and producers on her upcoming executive-produced album, ‘The Lion King: The Gift’.
Beyonce, Donald Glover and Chiwetel Ejiofor star in the live-action version of Disney’s ‘Lion King’ which premiered on Tuesday.
Beyoncé also dropped a new track off the project, ‘Spirit’, which serves as a taste of what to expect and would appear in the film, during a pivotal scene with Beyoncé’s character, Nala.
In a statement, Beyoncé explains what the album means to her “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.” Beyoncé said,
“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 afrobeat,” she said.
The statement also revealed that all the music on the project have been worked on by the most interesting and talented artists.
She added that some of the songs were produced by the best African producers, in order to maintain authenticity in the storytelling.
Although the artists and producers have not been revealed, the film and the album, ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ will be released on July 19.