Beyoncé’s much-awaited Lion King-inspired album The Lion King: The Gift has released.
The album is a collection of music inspired by the 2019 reboot of the classic Disney film, Beyoncé remarked that the project was meant to be “a love letter to Africa.”
Beyoncé made it a point to solicit contributions from artists spanning a number of the continent’s many culturally rich traditions and regions, including Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, and South Africa. The album, in fact, is a separate project from the film’s official soundtrack.
The album consists of 14 new tracks (interludes excluded) and features South Africa’s very own Busiswa and Moonchild Sanelly on ‘My Power’ alongside Tierra Whack, Beyoncé and Yemi Alade.
Other featured African artists include Tekno, Yemi Alade, Mr. Eazi (Don’t Jealous Me), Burna Boy (Ja Ara E), Tiwa Savage (Keys to the Kingdom)
Adding more to that, SA’s very own, Anatii is credited as a writer and composer of Mood 4 Eva and Brown Skin Girl.
BIG BLESSINGS A COME DOWN! ENKOSI @Beyonce.
BIG UP TO THE INCREDIBLE TEAM BEHIND THE GIFT. THE ENERGY WAS PURE! THE CULTURAL SHIFT HAS BEGUN! UMTHANDAZO UYASEBENZA! ✨🦁🌍🇿🇦 #TheGift #LionKing pic.twitter.com/AScanISfsi
— ANATII (@ANATII) July 19, 2019
Including new music from Beyoncé, the album also includes contributions from Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Pharrell, and more.
Stream the full album below: