Beyoncé Produces And Performs On Multi-Artist Album “The Lion King: The Gift”
Twenty-three-time Grammy Award–winning global superstar Beyoncé is the executive producer of The Lion King: The Gift album, a musical ode to the classic story of Disney’s The Lion King feature film. Directed by Jon Favreau, the film includes the new original song, “Spirit,” performed by Beyoncé. The Lion King: The Gift album is set for release on July 19th.
The powerful track, “Spirit,” appears in the film, during a pivotal scene with Beyoncé’s character, Nala and appears on the Walt Disney Records original motion picture soundtrack and on The Lion King: The Gift album from Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records. The song, available globally later tonight, was written for the film by IIya Salmanzadeh, Timothy McKenzie and Beyoncé and is produced by Beyoncé and IIya and Labrinth.
With The Lion King: The Gift album, Beyoncé curated a masterful recording, a robust soundscape bringing together some of her favorite artists with the most talented and important African artists of the day to both pay tribute to the iconic film and bring the authentic sounds of African music to the world.
“This is sonic cinema,” states 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.”
In planning and recording the album, the artists’ personal connection to the iconic film and its story was highly considered.
“I wanted to put everyone on their own journey to link the storyline,” she continues. “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.”
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. This love letter to Africa highlights the setting of the film, rooted in African culture and wondrous narratives. Track list and featured artists on The Lion King: The Gift are forthcoming.
The Lion King original motion picture soundtrack is produced by Hans Zimmer and Jon Favreau. The digital soundtrack is set for release on July 11th at 8 am Pacific.
1. Circle of Life/Nants’ Ingonyama (Lindiwe Mkhize, African Vocals performed by Lebo M)
2. Life’s Not Fair (Hans Zimmer)
3. Rafiki’s Fireflies (Hans Zimmmer)
4. I Just Can’t Wait to Be King (JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph and John Oliver)
5. Elephant Graveyard (Hans Zimmer)
6. Be Prepared (2019) (Chiwetel Ejiofor)
7. Stampede (Hans Zimmer)
8. Scar Takes the Throne (Hans Zimmer)
9. Hakuna Matata (Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen, JD McCrary and Donald Glover)
10. Simba Is Alive! (Hans Zimmer)
11. The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen)
12. Can You Feel the Love Tonight (Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen)
13. Reflections of Mufasa (Hans Zimmer)
15. Battle for Pride Rock (Hans Zimmer)
16. Remember (Hans Zimmer)
17. Never Too Late (Elton John, African Vocals performed by Lebo M)
18. He Lives in You (Lebo M)
19. Mbube (Lebo M)
Author: Buddy Iahn
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