American singer, Beyonce has revealed why she wanted African music entertainers on her ‘Lion King’ album, saying it is a love letter to Africans.
The new album titled “The Lion King: The Gift” features Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Mr. Eazi, Burna Boy, Tekno. Shatta Wale from Ghana and Moonchild sanely from South Africa in the album.
According to Beyonce, she wanted a collection of songs from different genres that express what she’s trying to pass across.
“This is a sonic cinema. This is a new experience of storytelling. I wanted to do more than find a collection of songs that were inspired by the film. It is a mixture of genres and collaboration that isn’t one sound. It is influenced by everything from R&B, pop, hip hop, and Afro-Beat”, she said.
“I wanted to put everyone on their own journey to link the storyline. Each song was written to reflect the film’s storytelling that gives the listener a chance to imagine their own imagery while listening to a new contemporary interpretation.
“It was important that the music was not only performed by the most interesting and talented artists but also produced by the best African producers. Authenticity and heart were important to me”, Beyonce stated.