Not too long ago, Beyoncé collaborated with top African musicians such as Shatta Wale, Wizkid, Burna Boy, Yemi Alade and Mr. Eazi on the sound tracks of her “Lion King” album.
Well, it appears the American singer is not done with Shatta Wale yet. Beyoncé has featured Shatta Wale in a film titled “Black is King” scheduled to be premiered internationally on July 31. Beyoncé indicated that, the film “Black is King” is a visual album of her soundtrack, “The Gift” from the “Lion King”.
The film was written, directed and produced by Beyoncé. The Musical Goddess posted the trailer on her Instagram page attaching a long piece. She wrote;
“Black Is King” is a labor of love. It is my passion project that I have been filming, researching and editing day and night for the past year. I’ve given it my all and now it’s yours. It was originally filmed as a companion piece to “The Lion King: The Gift” soundtrack and meant to celebrate the breadth and beauty of Black ancestry. I could never have imagined that a year later, all the hard work that went into this production would serve a greater purpose.
The events of 2020 have made the film’s vision and message even more relevant, as people across the world embark on a historic journey. We are all in search of safety and light. Many of us want change. I believe that when Black people tell our own stories, we can shift the axis of the world and tell our REAL history of generational wealth and richness of soul that are not told in our history books.
With this visual album, I wanted to present elements of Black history and African tradition, with a modern twist and a universal message, and what it truly means to find your self-identity and build a legacy.
… This is a story of how the people left MOST BROKEN have EXTRAORDINARY gifts. Thank you to Blitz, Emmanuel, Ibra, Jenn, Pierre, Dikayl, Kwasi and all the brilliant creatives. Thank you to all at Disney for giving this Black woman the opportunity to tell this story.
This experience has been an affirmation of a grander purpose. My only goal is that you watch it with your family and that it gives you pride.
Love y’all, B”