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Not solely does Beyoncé lend her voice-acting abilities to the upcoming live-action remake of Disney’s The Lion King, however she’s additionally releasing a complete album with music impressed by the movie! On July 16, the 37-year-old musician — who voices Nala within the movie — introduced her newest musical masterpiece: The Lion King: The Present, an album curated and produced by the singer herself. In an interview with ABC Information, she revealed that the album is “a love letter to Africa” and a complete new musical style impressed by the film.
“This soundtrack is a love letter to Africa and I wished to verify we discovered the most effective expertise from Africa, and never simply use among the sounds and did my interpretation of it,” she advised ABC Information. “I wished it to be genuine to what’s lovely concerning the music in Africa,” she added of the album, which options drums and chants combined with “unbelievable new sounds combined with among the producers from America . . . every track tells the story of the movie.”
The Lion King: The Present contains a plethora of worldwide artists corresponding to Burna Boy, Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z, Infantile Gambino, Pharrell, Blue Ivy Carter (sure, Blue’s discography is rising individuals), Wiz Child, Tiera Whack, 070 Shake, in addition to a number of tracks with Beyoncé herself.
The singer described the album as “sonic cinema,” saying that it was a brand new option to expertise storytelling. “It’s a combination of genres and collaboration that is not one sound. It’s influenced by every little thing from R&B, pop, hip hop and Afro Beat,” she defined. “I wished to place everybody on their very own journey to hyperlink the storyline. Every track was written to replicate the movie’s storytelling that offers the listener an opportunity to think about their very own imagery, whereas listening to a brand new up to date interpretation. It was essential that the music was not solely carried out by probably the most fascinating and gifted artists but additionally produced by the most effective African producers. Authenticity and coronary heart had been essential to me.”
If the primary single, “Spirit,” is any indication of the remainder of the venture, it’ll be unbelievable. The 14-track album will drop on Friday, July 19, the identical day as The Lion King. Take a look at the complete tracklist forward!