Beyoncé Produced Afrocentric Lion King Album to Release July 19th

Beyoncé is deep in her creative bag. The Grammy Award-winning artist, who stars as Nala in the upcoming live action The Lion King from Disney, has executive produced and curated a new album, The Lion King: The Gift.

Described as love letter to Africa, the project is a musical ode to the classic story of Disney’s The Lion King.

“This is sonic cinema,” said Beyoncé.  “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.”

“I wanted to put everyone on their own journey to link the storyline,” she continued.  “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.”

Per the press release, The Lion King: The Gift, with new recordings by Beyoncé, features a beautiful, multi-genre symphony, steeped in African influences from various corners of the Continent, with unexpected collaborations, pulsating rhythms and crisp production that celebrate the African diaspora.

A track from the LP performed by Beyoncé, “Spirit,” will be available globally tonight. “Spirit” will also be on The Lion King soundtrack (available digitally on July 11th) and featured in the film.

The album, from Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records, is slated to release on July 19th.

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Bryant Lydell is creative, personable and quick-witted Howard and USC alum. He's the founder of The Top Tea, a songwriter, screenwriter and member of the casting team for Netflix's NAACP Image Award-winning hip-hop competition series Rhythm + Flow.

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