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It’s AfroBeat To The World In Beyonce’s Lion King Album ‘The Gift’

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I wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa and not just use some of the sounds and did my interpretation of it. I wanted it to be authentic to what is beautiful about the music in Africa


This week, Disney is set to release the soundtrack to ‘Lion King‘ The soundtrack was produced by Beyonce and packed with Afrobeats artists including Yemi Alade, Tekno, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy and Wizkid. The Grammy Award-Winning singer, who gives voice to the character Nala in the movie, attributed the soundtrack to appreciate the many talents from Africa.

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The soundtrack which is packed with stars mostly from Nigeria will also feature Ghana’s Shatta Wale, South Africa’s Moonchild Sanelly and Busiswa, along with Jay-Z, Childish Gambino, and Kendrick Lamar, who produced the soundtrack for Marvel’s Black Panther. 

Afrobeats is already slowly becoming a global thing, with sounds that are club-friendly and of West African rhythms, that started in Lagos and Accra, Ghana and has captured the imagination of fans in major music hubs including London, Paris and New York. While the sound has been a hot club trend for the last three or four years a soundtrack curated by Beyoncé could be a game changer.

Wizkid, one of the artists on the album, experienced outstanding breakthrough success in the US mainstream scene in 2016 with his feature on Drake’s Afrobeats infused hit, One Dance.

Others Afrobeats stars like Tiwa Savage, Davido, and Tekno, have signed on with major US labels in recent years, including Jay-Z’s Roc Nation. For the genre, which has been on the cusp of mainstream success, the upcoming album is a massive opportunity to make a lasting impact on the American music scene. 

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