UPDATE: (20/07/2020): M-Net has confirmed the screening details of Beyoncé’s new visual album ‘Black Is King’.
The 85-minute feature film will air on 1 August 2020 at 8pm, just about 24 hours later after Disney+ exclusive debut.
Viewers will be able to watch it on M-net, which will be open to DStv Compact Plus, Compact, Family and Access for two hours on the night. Premium customers will be able to watch it later of DStv Catch Up, available for 30 days.
The news come after M-Net, the MultiChoice Group’s flagship channel acquired the rights from The Walt Disney Company to screen ‘Black Is King’ across Africa.
ORIGINAL POST: (19/07/2020)
Some great news to Africans who were worried about missing on Beyoncé’s new visual album ‘Black Is King’.
The much anticipated visual album was recently announced with an exclusive premiere on Disney+ (31 July 2020) which is not yet available anywhere in Africa. Without saying, that sparked a fair and wide conversation on why the heck is this project not showing in the continent coz’ it features African talent and cultural influences.
Well, the good news is, a distribution deal was announced to make ‘Black Is King’ available in the continent, including South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Namibia, Cameroon, Liberia, Burundi, Senegal, Togo, Somalia, Benin, Congo, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Gabon, Cape Verde and many more countries through MultiChoice Group’s M-Net and Canal+ Afrique.
Yes, that means fans will be able to watch the premiere on DStv, with date and time to be announced.
The project features local stars such as Warren Masemola, Connie Chiume, Nandi Madida, Moonchild Sanelly and Nyaniso Dzedze.
The visual album is curated by Queen B herself as a writer, director, and executive producer. ‘Black Is King’ was put together within a year and will reimagine lessons of “The Lion King” for an audience of “young kings and queens in search of their own crowns.
The news come with a new trailer which was premiered today. The new trailer provides a glimpse of some of the special guests in the film. They include models Aweng Ade-Chuol and Adut Akech, supermodel Naomi Campbell, Tina Knowles-Lawson, author and Lupita Nyong’o, singer Kelly Rowland, Pharrell Williams and JAY-Z, among others.
Check it out below:
‘Black Is King’ was in production for one year and features an impressive list of diverse voices on its creative team, including directors Emmanuel Adjei (the film “Shahmaran”), Blitz Bazawule (the film “The Burial of Kojo”), Pierre Debusschere (“Mine” and “Ghost” videos for Beyoncé), Jenn Nkiru (“BLACK TO TECHNO” film), Ibra Ake (creative director and producer on “This is America” video for Childish Gambino), Dikayl Rimmasch (“CACHAO, UNO MAS” film), Jake Nava (“Crazy in Love,” “Single Ladies,” “Partition” videos for Beyoncé) and co-director and long-time collaborator of Beyoncé, Kwasi Fordjour.
The list of additional co-directors and second unit directors adds to the crew’s global representation, including Dafe Oboro, Julian Klincewicz, Derek Milton, Meji Alabi, Joshua Kissi, Alexandre Moors and Deon Van Zyl.
Filmed in various locations, the film’s cinematography captures beautiful people and landscapes across continents, starting in New York, then Los Angeles, South Africa, West Africa, London and Belgium. From all those places came an extraordinary cast of actors and dancers that influenced the film’s rich tableau and vibrant choreography.