NEW YORK – The Bey Hive was feeling the love Friday over Beyonce’s launch of the album “The Lion King: The Present,” which the pop queen dropped as a sister piece to her new movie, a remake of the Disney basic.
Beyonce dubbed the 27-track album she curated and produced “a love letter to Africa,” enlisting a number of African artists in addition to a bunch of stars together with her husband Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, her co-star Donald Glover (who additionally performs as Infantile Gambino) and Pharrell Williams — together with none apart from Jay and Bey’s seven-year-old daughter Blue Ivy Carter — as collaborators.
“I needed to be genuine to what’s stunning about music in Africa,” Beyonce, who voices Nala in “The Lion King,” informed ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
“The Present” is separate from the movie’s official soundtrack which features a rendition of Elton’s John’s iconic “Can You Really feel the Love Tonight?” by Beyonce and Glover, who performs Simba within the movie.
John himself additionally graced the movie’s soundtrack, launched 25 years after the unique, with a brand new music entitled “By no means Too Late.”
Each albums embrace Beyonce’s newest single “Spirit.”
Nevertheless it’s Beyonce’s “Present” that has her legions of followers abuzz.
The album options Afrobeat-heavy songs interspersed with dialogue from the highly-anticipated movie, which additionally was launched on Friday and stars Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar.
Along with pop royalty, Beyonce introduced Nigerian musicians Tekno, Yemi Alade and Mr. Eazi on board for “The Present,” together with Ghanaian reggae-dancehall artist Shatta Wale.
Cameroonian city music star Salatiel sang with Beyonce and Pharrell on the thumping groove “Water.”
“I needed to verify we discovered one of the best expertise from Africa, and never simply use a few of the sounds and did my interpretation of it,” Beyonce mentioned on ABC.
In basic Beyonce vogue, the album skews towards the visible — what she calls “sonic cinema.”
“This can be a new expertise of storytelling,” she mentioned in saying the album.
“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 Afrobeat.”
Beyonce additionally launched a sprawling, richly pigmented video to accompany “Spirit,” which options the star and Blue Ivy in matching ruffled pink clothes, their lengthy curls blowing within the desert wind.
“Your future is comin’ shut / Rise up and battle,” she sings. “So go into land / And be one with the good I Am.”
Pairing her highly effective vocals with a visible feast, Beyonce makes a couple of dozen outfit adjustments within the video together with each customized and couture appears to be like, in keeping with Vogue. The clip was partially filmed in Arizona’s distant Havasu Falls within the Grand Canyon.
It additionally consists of the legendary “Lion King” scene the place Simba and Nala lock eyes over a pool oasis, which the brand new movie recreated from the unique animated take.
“The soundscape is extra than simply the music as a result of every music tells the story of the movie,” Beyonce mentioned.